Weekend watch: Dig into the Sand at 33/1 to out-run his Cambridgeshire odds

We landed the nap last weekend and Jamie Osborne's runner could be the icing on the cake in Saturday's cavalry charge at Newmarket

I’m VERY UNHAPPY that …..

That Saeed Bin Suroor keeps on changing his jockeys more than Leeds United sack their managers. Of course it is their prerogative to do so, but it either means the upper echelon of riders in this country are much of a muchness OR the trainer initially isn’t a very good judge of a rider’s talent. Short-term success seems to be the overriding factor for those at Godolphin Stables in Newmarket #givepeopleachance.

I regularly visit Newmarket for the early-morning gallops and speak to the trainers over the next three weeks the Rowley Mile track will herald the end of the flat season with two top-class meetings.

The Cambridgeshire 4.10pm is the big betting race of the weekend and as regular readers know, the type of contest I love to sink my fangs into and in RAISING SAND we may have a huge-priced runner to go to war with.

Jamie Osborne has done me plenty of favours in the past and this son of Oasis Dream has a much better chance than his odds suggest.

A fast run race over nine furlongs is what he has been crying out for and he was merely tapped for toe last time out at Windsor. This will be a much better set –up for him and with bundles of pace on his side of the track (high numbers) I fancy he will outrun his price in a race where Paddy is paying the first 5 home.


Photo finish at the Curragh

Gallop over to all the latest prices on PP.com

However, having a big-priced fancy in your back pocket means you can have a back-up bet and I fully respect the chances of both last year’s third EXAMINER and another outsider LAT HAWIL.

The first named is the kind of horse that will keep on revisiting this contest year after year and showed he was in good nick with a strong finishing win at Epsom. He comes here fresh and readied for this contest.

Lat Hawill showed his best form for a while at Kempton last time out and is your typical hold-up horse that needs luck in running from the back of the pack. If the gaps open up in time he could give Keith Dagleish the biggest win of his budding training career to date.

Of the remainder, Oasis Fantasy could go well if getting the fast ground. He craves hearing his hoofs rattle even more than I do Nigella Lawson’s online cookery classes.


I feel VON BLUCHER is worth one more chance at Newmarket on Saturday in the Newmarket 5.20, although I would prefer to see him run over a mile.

BAY OF POETS worked sweetly last week and is my value choice for the Royal Lodge Stakes at 2.20, but my best bet of the weekend runs away from Newmarket.

Last week’s nap Coati Glory got away with the ground at Newbury last week for us, but CASTERBRIDGE would ideally want a little more rain before the stalls fly open in the 4.50pm at Chester on Saturday.

He just needed the run last time out over course and distance and although stall 12 is a negative here, it will only serve to possibly push the bookies to add an extra point or three to his early price quote.

Finally, if all has gone awry in the big afternoon races, grab some each-way value at Hamilton Park where the well weighted FARKLE MINGUS could be the each-way call at 4.05pm.

Have a great weekend.

What do you think?