If you are looking to land a wager to possibly pay for the summer hols or, if you haven’t been on one, the Christmas expenses, I would heartily recommend a cross four or six double on the Steward’s Cup (15.40) and its sister consolation race at 13.50.
Of course, it’s no gimme, but since the latter race was conceived I have managed to deliver three each-way double-placed winners and the golden nugget of a winning double a few years back.
The huge positive about such a wager is that you don’t need to lay down vast amounts of money for an avalanche of a pay out and once again this year I will be investing 9 x £5 cross doubles on the events, mixing market leaders with downright naughty outsiders which will set the pulse racing.
In the opening consolation event, I like the look of My Amigo along with the Amanda Perrett pair Count Otto and Parnassian. All three should be available at 16/1 plus and the last named could even draw me into having a tasty each-way single.
The local trainer has been trying to stretch him out to seven furlongs this season, but he simply doesn’t last that trip out and this fast run six on top of the ground looks his port of call. Add to the equation that he has dropped 10lbs in the weights inside a year and I fancy a huge run from the son of Elzaam.
In the big race itself, 25/1 shot Eirene has to be part of the equation now that he is also dropped down from seven to six furlongs and I know is very highly regarded by that shrewd Hertfordshire trainer Dean Ivory.
Combine him in the bet with Richard Hannon’s Tupi (showed he was coming back to form at Windsor two outings back before not seeing out the trip in the Bunbury Cup) and big outsider Barrington.
The last named could never get competitive over five furlongs behind Spring Loaded at Ascot last time out and should get a deal closer to the grey over this extra furlong in a fast run race. He is available at a very juicy 40/1.
At the likely prices, I fancy if we get this fabled double up we could pocket in excess of £6,000……….we can but dream.
The feature Gordon Stakes at 15.00 has attracted a disappointing four runners and I think it’s worth giving Dee Ex Bee one more chance to enhance his St Leger prospects following laboured efforts in both the Irish Derby and the Grand Prix de Paris. This represents a big drop in class for him and I fancy Silvestre de Sousa can dominate his rivals throughout from the front and stamp his class on proceedings in the final quarter mile.
I am particularly interested in the mile and three quarters handicap due off at 14.25 as it contains my Ebor Handicap fancy Walton Street. He should go well, but the value on this occasion could be last year’s winner Soldier In Action.
That 2017 success came off a mark of 106 and on much softer ground and he will line up here off a rating of 97, but the faster surface won’t prove a problem and I think he has a huge each-way price against the likes of the progressive Melting Dew and top weight and stable mate Time To Study.
Finally, the nine-furlong finale at 17.25 looks destined for the unexposed and improving Roger Charlton trained charge Kassar. The three-year-old has only visited the race track on six occasions and looks made for a fast run race over this intermediate trip.
I know that his astute trainer expects him to leave his handicap mark of 91 behind and this looks a really good stepping stone to better things in the autumn.