It’s hard to deny that 2020 has been a pretty miserable year all-round, but racing fans are getting some compensation with great action on the track week-after-week as we look to make up for lost time and cram everything in and after lapping up York’s Ebor Festival in recent days, there is a great card to look forward to at Sandown this afternoon.
Our master tipster Frank Hickey joined me in backing the Richard Hannon-trained Etonian in the Solario Stakes at 15.40 today and it looks to be a great bet. If you are looking for a different horse in this race, my podcast sidekick Ruby Walsh has backed Apollo One to get the job done.
We are counting down to this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Enable’s attempt to claim the race for the third time, yet Love is emerging a real threat to her winning run. Ryan Moore gave Aidan O’Brien’s 1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks winner a good ride to win the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York on Thursday and now thoughts are turning to Love’s battle with Enable at Longchamp on the opening weekend of October.
We have Love as a 2/1 favourite ahead of 3/1 shot Enable and Ghaiyyath is also in the mix at 11/1 and I’m in the Love camp. I feel Enable is on the way down from her best days, so Love seems to be the horse to beat in this showdown.
Our From The Horse’s Mouth listeners threw up some inventive questions to round off the podcast this week and the wonderfully named Ivor The Bot threw up an interesting poser; do horses know they are racing each other when they get out on the track? Well of course they do!
These horses are intelligent and like people, some are leaders and some are followers. That explains why some are front-runners and others like to come from the pack with a late charge. I have no idea if that analysis if true, but US President Donald Trump has proved that if you say something often enough, people will start to believe it.
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