Another day, another busy one on ITV4 with seven races to enjoy Saturday from Newbury and Sandown. Let’s get straight to it and try and find a few winners.
We start at Newbury with a handicap over 1m2f. A small field but a hard one to call. The trip is a question for a few of them, but I’ll take IT’S GOOD TO LAUGH to get back on the winning trail for Clive Cox and Tom Marquand. When last seen he was a good second over 9f at Newmarket and this distance should be within his compass.
Next at Newbury a Listed event over 7f for fillies. A lot of these could improve this term and they need to. PREENING is utterly exposed for James Fanshawe, but has Ryan Moore on board and could be the one. She stays this trip strong, and ended last season in good form by landing a prize at Deauville. She also has form at Doncaster which gives her the edge over Farzeen. At the very least hard to keep out the frame.
Another Listed contest here over 1m2f for 3yo fillies only. There could be a decent one in here and DOMINO DARLING looked like a strong stayer when scoring at Doncaster last season over 1m in desperate ground. She comes from the in-form stable of William Haggas and could be anything for the man who owned Golden Horn and Cracksman. Marquand gets another big chance.
And finally at Newbury the Group 3 Diomed Stakes over 1m. You could argue there is a Group 1 horse in a Group 3 race with King of Comedy going for John Gosden after a second in the 2019 St James’s Palace Stakes. However, he didn’t quite live up to that form afterwards and I want to take him on. I’ll have a few quid eachway on STORMY ANTARTIC, who on paper is not quite up to this but comes from the English King stable of Ed Walker. My hope will be held up for a late thrust and has shown on occasions he’s pretty smart. His odds are decent.
Meanwhile, ITV4 show three races from Sandown.
The Sandown action begins with a handicap over 7f. WELL OF WISDOM has been easy to back in the ante-post betting but I can’t see beyond him for Charlie Appleby. He has every chance to pop out and make all under William Buick and impressed over a mile in Meydan. Hopefully there will not be too much rain, although he has back-form with ease in the turf.
Next at Sandown is a Listed race over 5f. DREAM SHOT ran a huge race on June 4 for James Tate at Newcastle and if coping with this different surface he should run well and is worth a bet each way. Amazingly he’s been on one trip to Santa Anita, but he’s not classy enough for a track like that. This kind of event is much more his thing.
And finally at Sandown a handicap over 1m. EXEC CHEF is not a frequent winner and everything has to fall right. However, he ran well at Newamrket the other day for Jim Boyle and could come through late and fast under Jason Watson. He’s a horse that can go as far as 10f so the trip is not an issue and he’s not badly handicapped on some form.
So, best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
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