Jason Weaver: A fateful eight from Saturday’s racing in the UK and Ireland

The Shark casts his eye over The Curragh, Newbury, Newmarket and Market Rasen...


13:50 Newbury

Emotionless looked set to be a superstar in his three-year-old career but we only saw him on two occasions. A fairly light campaign has followed in 2017 and his return this season was a cracker behind Benbatl over at Meydan. This looks a relatively easy starting point in listed company and he is a low mileage improving five-year-old.

14:05 Market Rasen

Artful Artist has only had the two outings for this new stable and has put up some very strong form indeed. It was a long-looking 10-length victory at Southwell last time and a rating of 122 could clearly underestimate him back in listed handicap company. Sam Twiston-Davies keeps the winning partnership intact.

14:25 Newbury

Amazing Red has a nice progressive profile since being stepped up in distance. The disappointing effort last time can be put down to racing on a synthetic surface up at Newcastle and he was never travelling at any stage on that occasion. Prior to that he bolted up underneath today’s jockey and a reproduction of that effort on the July course would make him very competitive at big odds.

14:45 Newmarket

Dramatic Queen was fairly impressive when breaking her maiden at Yarmouth in a decent-looking contest. Stepped up in grade after that she wasn’t beaten miles behind Sea of Class in a listed race at Newbury. That form is rock solid as the winner is as short as 5/2 in the market for the Irish Oaks – added to that it’s only her fourth lifetime start and we can expect another big step forward.

15:00 Newbury

Projection has only two victories from 15 lifetimes starts, however a look at the company that he has been keeping and you can understand why the poor wins-to-runs ratio. Only beaten by just over two lengths in the Diamond Jubilee group one at Royal ascot, this represents a hefty drop in grade and he can get a well-deserved third victory on the board.

15:15 Market Rasen

Too Many Diamonds has won seven races since being switched across to this trainer, going from a very lonely rating of 72 up to a perch of 122 here. Admittedly this is by far and away his toughest assignment, however he has been in tremendous form since the wind surgery. He scraped in here at the bottom of the handicap and with no weight on his back he can continue the stable’s red hot form.

15:35 Newbury

Snazzy made a very pleasing start to her career winning at Newcastle over the minimum, and stepped up on that performance with an excellent run beaten a length and a half at York in listed company. She seemed to get very upset in the prelims at Royal Ascot in the Queen Mary and didn’t give her true running. She was quite a progressive individual and expect not only an improved effort today but a bounce back to form.

17:30 Curragh – Irish Oaks

It’s not very often after just three lifetime starts that this outfit pitch their runners into top class company. Sea Of Class, this daughter of See The Stars is obviously pleasing William Haggas enough for her to dip her toe into a Classic. Having spoken to her jockey earlier in the week at Windsor he seemed confident of a bold showing. The one defining factor is that she has a smart change of gear, which can prove a potent weapon over a mile and a half at the Curragh.

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