This week’s From The Horse’s Mouth podcast feature a double header in Ireland, seven races across the Irish Sea on ITV Racing and early action in France. What more could you want?
The Prix de Jockey Club form looks the best on offer in Saturday’s Group 2 Prix Guillaume D’Ornano at Deauville where the French 2,000 Guineas winner Victor Ludorum can reverse the form from the Prix de Jockey Club with Mishriff.
John Gosden’s runner got into a good position from the get-go that day and was able to take advantage at the business end of the race. It was a much different story for Victor Ludorum though who did well to finish third, after falling out of the stalls at Chantilly and getting trapped behind a wall of horses and had to come around the field and used up a lot of energy up just to get into contention.
He can get his revenge in Saturday’s smaller field.
I know Dream of Dreams is a hold-up horse and always appears to be running on over 6f and getting narrowly beaten, but he runs over 7f on Saturday in the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes. He was second in this race two years ago and has won on good to soft ground at Lingfield before too.
He ran a blinder at Royal Ascot when second to Hello Youmzain with the ill-fated Sceptical in third and that looks the strongest current form on show. Oisin Murphy takes over the ride for Sir Michael Stoute’s charge, whose stable is flying at the moment.
He’ll appreciate the drop in class as has been racing predominantly in Group 1 company.
Richard Hughes’ Karibana will do for me. He’s won both his last starts over 7 furlongs at Newbury and Newmarket, winning of ratings of 77 and 83. He runs off a rating of 89 now but looked to win his last start cosy enough to defy a 6lb rise again on Saturday and bring up the hat-trick.
The Rain King won well over a mile at Galway for Donnacha O’Brien and jockey of the moment Gavin Ryan. He steps up to 10f on his handicap debut at Dundalk on Saturday and can collect.
Legal Spin stayed on really well at Galway and improved a lot for his first run to his second and can hopefully do the same on his third run. Effernock Fizz is likely to go a really strong gallop, so hopefully that should bring his stamina into play and that will suit Legal Spin and Danny Mullins.
My wife owns a share in Eight and Bob, who won at Galway while Willie Mullins other runner in the race Foveros disappointed. However, Penny Out absolutely bolted in on Thursday night at Tramore beating Willie’s My Sister Sarah and she looks the one they all have to beat.
If Penny Out doesn’t run then Eight and Bob is in good form and has a chance, but it would be hope more than confidence, if Penny Out stays in.
Cool Colonnade lines up in the 45-65 handicap under Seamie Heffernan and ran well at Galway when third to Eight And Bob. However, going up in trip mightn’t help and two miles in Tramore might really test his stamina. He’ll have his day alright, but it might just be over a shorter trip.
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