The big man himself served up his six best bets for this weekend’s racing on our From the Horse’s Mouth podcast.
Saturday, September 5
I’m hoping that it’s very soft because this is key. I really like KHALOOSY. This is the horse that won the Britannia by four lengths at Ascot and then got beaten at Goodwood and that was on good to firm. I think he was 4/7 odds on when he got beat so that was obviously disappointing. I’m hoping that soft ground was the key because it was soft at Ascot and I quite fancy him.
I was looking at this trying to pick holes in horses, and that was very easy because there were lots of reasons not to fancy everything in the race! But the one I’ve come down on, with a leap of faith more than anything else and forgiving a flop last time, is CLOUDBRIDGE because he was just so impressive first time.
I’ve only seen him on the track twice, and the first time he absolutely hacked up while the second time he was a complete flop at York so I’m just hoping it’s going to be third time lucky. I think that’s a reasonable chance because there are holes in everything else.
I quite like MY FRANKEL. I’m a bit worried about the ground but he’s just a lightly-raced horse, has won two from three and is obviously progressive. He seems to be getting better with each run so I’m going to take a chance on him. If the ground is okay then I think My Frankel could give the favourite plenty to think about.
Hello Youmzain would have been number two on my list, but number one on my list is actually ART POWER. It’s his fifth run since June, which is a lot, but with these sprinters I sometimes think the more they run the better. They just get more and more into it and the really enjoy their racing. And the races are very short as well, let’s be honest.
I’m going to forgive him the Bataash run last time out and just look back to as a two-year-old he won a five-furlong race by five lengths on very soft ground so he loves the softish ground. It’s a different line of form but I think he’s got a decent chance.
Sunday, September 6
I’m going for ARISTOCRATIC LADY going for a four-timer. If you add up his winning distances of three wins over six furlongs, that’s more than seven lengths which is pretty impressive.
I’m going for SISKIN, and there is a chance Siskin just didn’t really like Goodwood the last time because Goodwood is a funny old track. I’m going to stick with him for the moment and the fact that Colin Keane has gone over – of course he’s going to go over – but that is obviously a positive because he knows the horse well. Siskin for me.
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