A couple of nice winners on Friday courtesy of the Ballydoyle boys and I won’t stray too far from the well as we sign off the July meeting with some great action on a massive Saturday of racing.
Let’s make it count …
Toormore, Newmarket 3.15pm
William Buick is on his enforced holiday and the young buck Tom Marquand gets his time to shine in his biggest ride to date. He’s off the high board here with no rubber ring against some of the best pros around.
But Toormore is a class act and knows how to get the job done.
Cunco, Newmarket 4pm
John Gosden’s runner has loads of attitude just like his dad Frankel and jock Robert HAlvin had his work cut out to stop him bolting to post at Royal Ascot in the Chesham Stakes. He ran so well behind Churchill considering that they tried to hold on to him like when winning on debut at Newbury.
Let’s hope they just let him roll along up front and break the others hearts as they try to catch him.
Basem, Newmarket 4.15pm
Put up his career best at this track back in August last year. Is lightly-raced for a five-year-old and this is just his 11th start. He’s a full brother to Farhh who was a champion for Godolphin and this is a race full of exposed runners.
Adam McNamara takes 5lb off him and even though he’s carrying 9 stone 5lb, he can shine in this field. Looks a cracking each-way bet.
Air Force Blue, Newmarket 4.35pm
If I told you last year that the Ballydoyle runner would go straight from his Dewhurst win to a July Cup – he’s be near odds on for this. He’s disappointed badly in both Guineas but I’m going to give him one last roll of the dice.
He was a champion two-year-old and Coolmore know how to win this. If he was to win at the biggest prices he’s probably ever been on a racetrack – I’d kick myself for leaving him go unbacked. I hope the return to sprinting lets him return to his best.
Growl, Newmarket 5.10pm
It didn’t take long for Richard Fahey to get what was required to have him back on track. After two wins he looks good for the hat-trick and was thought good enough for Group company at one stage. After a time in the wilderness he’s now back & firing on all cylinders and won’t be the first pig’s ear Fahey has turned into a silk purse.