A busy Group 1 Saturday on ITV4 with seven races to sort out from three meetings at Newmarket, Haydock and the Curragh. So let’s get straight to it and see what we can do to take a few quid off Paddy.
We start the show with the Group 2 Royal Lodge for youngsters over 1m. No superstar on offer coming in to this so it’s up for grabs.
I will take a chance with the Galileo colt PLEASANT MAN, who is unbeaten in one start for Roger Charlton and Jason Watson. He went to Haydock first time in softish ground and stayed on well to score on that opening start. Who knows how good he is? But he might be very good.
A handicap here over 1m. DANYAH might still have more to offer for Owen Burrows and Pat Dobbs. My selection was third at Ripon last time having filled that position at Newbury the time before. Prior to that he won well at Doncaster and he has a great chance here as a 3-year-old against older horses.
Now a Group 1 in the Cheveley Park over 6f for fillies. SACRED is a big horse with more to come next season. She’s held on form by a few of these, but I’m not sure we’ve seen the best of her yet and she might be able to reverse the Lowther effort with Miss Amulet. Tom Marquand is in cracking form and rides for William Haggas.
Another handicap but this time over 5f. This is tough. COPPER KNIGHT has slipped down the weights a bit and has had very stiff tasks the last twice.
Not so long ago he ran well at Newmarket when rated 102 so down to 95 here he should give us an each-way run for Tim Easterby and Rachel Richardson.
Another Group 1 in the colt’s equivalent of the Cheveley with the Middle Park over 6f. I’m all over LUCKY VEGA who might not have been suited by 7f last time in Ireland and was unlucky in running even if that is the case.
He proved very useful for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley when landing the Group 1 Phoenix and conditions look perfect for another big effort from the Irish raider.
Fabulous to be able to see the Group 2 Beresford Stakes over 1m. Hard to be sure about any of these, but WUQOOD looked decent when scoring at big odds first time at Gowran. Trained by Dermot Weld and riddin by Oisin Orr, the son of Dubawi appears to stay strong and that at the very least gives him a chance to do well.
The big betting race of the day in the Cambridgeshire Handicap over 1m, 1f. BELL ROCK was unlucky at Goodwood last time when third behind Maydanny and has every chance of reaching the frame at the very least for Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy.
A lightly-raced type open to improvement, Bell Rock won over 1m at Newmarket before finishing sixth in the Royal Hunt Cup. Stepped up to 10f at Goodwood he did really well and this trip and a strong gallop should be absolutely ideal. No excuses.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
Matt Chapman’s bet summary – Saturday, September 26
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