The ground is the key to finding the winner of the 5f Beverley Bullet Sprint 3.10pm at the pear shaped track on Saturday and I wouldn’t put any of you off the old boy Kingsgate Native after his return to form last time out at Nottingham.
I am becoming increasingly disappointed with the ante-post favourite here Muthmir. Even though this is his easiest task for some time and last year’s second Line of Reason has solid claims, the three-year-old MR LUPTON makes more appeal to me at the prices.
I can’t for the life of me understand why the Richard Fahey charge is three times the favourite’s odds.
He is bound to get the fast pace he desperately needs in a race like this and will relish the uphill run to the line. If Tony Hamilton gets him settled – he’s an each-way bet to nothing!
The Celebration Mile @ Goodwood 4.30pm still looks very open despite only five runners.
Toormore has his easiest task for some time and we know acts well around the unique Sussex track, but I think this is between the three-year-olds, THIKRIYAAT and Zonderland.
The latter won nicely at Salisbury last time out but had a pretty hard race, so Sir Michael Stoute’s charge has had a further two weeks rest and the form of his second in the Jersey Stakes has worked out superbly.
I’d be grabbing the price on him now as I think he’ll be shorter come race time.
I love a play in the big handicaps and ABOVE THE REST with Jordan Vaughan taking 5lbs off looks solid each-way off his lowest mark for 14 months in the 7f Revival Stakes @ Goodwood 3.20pm.
Finally SECOND STEP is worth a look in the Listed August Stakes at Windsor on Saturday 6.35pm – where he can mow down Mark Johnson’s Fire Fighting.
With Across the Stars now an absentee from the Doncaster St Leger and Paddy Power going 6/1 bar the favourite an each-way wager has to be the call for the final Classic of the season.
I’m still not convinced that Aidan O’Brien’s market leader, Idaho wants an out and out test of stamina but another Ballydoyle runner Triplicate certainly does and could be the dark horse in the field. He’s not certain to run of course but is currently a massive 66/1.
The son of Galileo is a stayer, pure and simple and would arrive at Doncaster a relatively fresh horse.
Muntahaa is the other one I like for Donny, a pure galloper and his win at Chester last week made me wince even more when our ante-post Ebor tip, Fabricate finished a cracking third. On that form the latter would have been placed at the very least at the Knavesmire. I’ll be watching where he runs next.
I can’t touch Postponed with a barge pole for the Prix de ‘Arc de Triomphe even if he’s top-priced with Paddy Power. He acts on slow ground but a fast surface is his preserve and a well-rested dual Derby winner HARZAND has already been my play for the October highlight that takes place at Chantilly this year as they’re still redeveloping Longchamp.