It’s a busy Saturday of TV races and I’ve taken a look at some of the best action on the box in the hope of beating Paddy at his own game and making a few quid.
Let’s start at Newbury with the 2.45pm, the Group 3 Al Rayyan Stakes over 1m 4f. Soft ground is probably not ideal for the main contenders, but let’s face it EAGLE TOP is the class act here for John Gosden and off a mark of 120 should be good enough to defy the surface.
The 3.20pm at Newbury is a Listed 6f event, with the each-way selection the hooded for the first time LOG OUT ISLAND . Richard Hannon’s inmate is very talented, but was never going to stay 7f last time. He has the talent to win this if he wants to.
It’s the Group 1 Lockinge at Newbury at 3.55pm. The one to be with each-way at a price is JOHNNY BARNES, who loves soft ground. The selection should not be good enough on form. But he’s fit and conditions suit for John Gosden’s inmate.
It’s the London Gold Cup over 1m2f at Newbury at 4.30pm, and I like each-way is another Gosden animal in the shape of CARTAGO. He ran well at Newmarket first time having never been placed to challenge and might be capable off 91 in a tough heat.
Over at Newmarket there’s a handicap over 1m 6f at 3.00pm. I like DESERT ENCOUNTER, who looks sure to stay and ran a cracker at Doncaster first time this season for David Simcock.
The Listed race over 7f at Newmarket at 3.35pm might be winnable for THIKRIYAAT, who is proven at the distance and a bit further. That might be a big positive for Sir Michael Stoute’s runner with some ‘iffy’ stayers against him.
Finally there’s a 6f handicap at Newmarket at 4.10pm, and I like SHOW STEALER each-way for Rae Guest. The selection was not good enough for Group 3 company over 7f at the end of her two-year-old campaign, but might be good enough here off a mark of 85.
So best of luck in pulling Paddy’s pants down. You’re welcome Paddy!