A mid-week smash up of UK and Irish racing for Wednesday with a really competitive card at Navan and Ryan Moore making the trip to ride on the all weather at Wolverhampton.
I’m at Wolverhampton for Sky Sports Racing and hope some of these can give us a good run for our money.
Ryan Moore rides Bachelor Boy for trainer Marco Botti and he’s already has won twice at the track. However, Kevin Ryan’s team are in good form and he saddles Coast Ofalfujairah. A winner at Newcastle in January he is also much better off at the weights with Ben Haslam’s Dream Tune.
Sepahi is to be ridden by David Probert who rode his 1,000 winner this week and this filly won nicely at Kempton a week ago – but this is tougher. Anthony Brittain’s One One Seven has won 3 times on the all weather is very consistent and can go in again here.
Astro King represents Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore and this son of Kingman cost $375,0000 as a yearling. This has to be a nice opportunity for him to get off the mark at the first time of asking.
Asbaagh represents John Gosden and went into a few notebooks after finishing third at Lingfield behind his Stablemate African Dream on debut at Lingfield. Al Badr is in the same ownership but trained by Simon and Ed Crisford and ranks the danger. This son of Kodiac ran a nice race first time up when fourth in a Kempton maiden and rates a real danger.
This is a tight little handicap with a few big trainers represented. My Poem could start at the head of the market under Ryan Moore but Roger Charlton’s Amir Kabir looked like it could be a real improving type. He was second at Kempton three months ago when not getting the best run and can reward backers at an each-way price.
Jessie Harrington has made a good start to the season in Ireland and she has proved herself a major player on the Flat as well as over jumps. One Voice has already beaten Auxilia at Leopardstown and has to be the selection. Ger Lyons filly Auxilia improved on her next start, but I will be disappointed if One Voice hasn’t improved too in this Listed Salsibil Stakes.
Joseph O’Brien’s Buckhurst and his dad, Aidan’s, Mount Everest have been campaigned over further than this one mile trip and this looks the perfect starting point for their seasons. Buckhurst’s stablemate San Andreas kept improving on the all weather over the winter and this could be his chance to nick a decent pot.
Buckhurst is one to keep on the right side of this season, but he mightn’t be revved up for his seasonal bow.
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