I’m in action for ITV this weekend. Ed and Francesca are up at Ayr, so I will be reporting on proceedings at Newbury for the team. We have lots of the star names in action there, including Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori.
The first of the ITV races is where the first dart lands in my quest to get a big-priced Lucky 15 to hit the target.
I was working at Chester when My Lord and Master finished second in the Dee Stakes behind Rostropovich and he was very highly thought of by connections. He is a big price but could be real value with Adamant all the rage in the betting.
The next of the TV races has Mirage Dancer as a warm order after his confidence-building win at Goodwood. You get the impression this lad is benefiting from his handler’s patience. But I am going against him here with a horse who is highly thought of by connections.
Young Rascal hasn’t got many miles on the clock but does have a win at Newbury over course and distance to his name. He is a big raw 3-year-old and I am always amazed how some of these 3-year-olds improve physically in a few months. I know he lacks a recent run but I still feel he is the real improver in the line up.
It’s rare that you see a Ryan Moore-Aidan O’Brien combo not strongly fancied in a 2-year-old event and The Irish Rover is not straightforward.
I like the fact they have reached for the headgear for this lad, who pullled up in front at Doncaster and can bounce back here with blinkers on.
True Mason has some cracking form to his name and his trainer is flying.
Can I be brave enough to go for Take Cover in a race where most of the fancied horses are half his age?
Equilateral is really well regarded by connections and they are surprised he hasn’t made the step up to Group 1 level already. He is the horse in here capable of blowing them all away.
The worry is he seems to be happiest in a small field where he can dominate. I would tip Take Cover to do the Beverley Bullet Newbury double like last year if he hadn’t run at the Curragh 6 days ago, so Equilateral gets the vote.