It’s a huge weekend of horse racing on ITV so remember to check back for all the Saturday news, however there’s also a monster nine races to enjoy on ITV3 this Friday. Let’s get stuck into the action and see what damage we can do.
Coverage starts at York with a Group 3 over 1m 4f. It requires no brains here to pick the winner with the massively exciting LOGICIAN going to be at short odds in a small field.
The unbeaten son of Frankel landed last year’s St Leger and came back with success in a match at Doncaster last time. He has to win this really for Martin Harley and John Gosden.
ITV starts at Newmarket with the Group 3 Cornwallis over 5 furlongs for two-year-olds. METHOD ran a terrible race in the Middle Park, but I feel I have to forgive that run and give him another chance.
Oisin Murphy is back on board and he was on top when the pair were impressive in the Rose Bowl at Newbury. Back in that shape, he will take some stopping for Martyn Meade.
Next a handicap over 1m and it’s a very tough race to call. I’ll take a chance with an outsider in ANOTHER TOUCH, who is better on the all-weather, but has plenty of form on turf with give in it.
He has finished fourth-placed in a John Smith’s Cup in his time and is perfectly well handicapped on some form. His recent efforts need to be improved upon, but at the big odds I’ll throw a few quid each-way at him.
Now the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes for juveniles over 7 furlongs. Jane Chapple-Hyam hasn’t had many top juveniles in the UK, but there is just a chance she has one here in the shape of SAFFRON BEACH.
The New Bay filly was hugely impressive on debut when bolting clear to land a maiden in style at the end of September. This is much harder, but if that was not a fluke, she must have strong claims.
Another handicap here this time over 1m 6f. STRAWBERRY ROCK is a very strong stayer in a light career so far, and stepping up from a mile and a half might bring some more improvement from him.
Ben Curtis rides for Hugo Palmer, who has hit a bit of form and an 8lb rise for his last win might not stop him even though he’s up against the progressive Favorite Moon – who did this column a favour last time at Haydock.
A Group 2 here in the Challenge Stakes over 7 furlongs and this is a wide open event. This is not easy for DAAHYEH on her return, but the trip and going are ideal and she has the class to play a part.
The former Albany winner was a brilliant second to Sharing in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf when last seen and not many of this lot could put up a performance like that as a youngster, whatever their sex. I’ll have a few quid on each-way.
Just the one jumps race to enjoy from Chepstow, but it’s a cracker in the Grade 2 Persian War Novices’ Hurdle over an extended 2m 3f. This does not look a vintage renewal and MCFABULOUS should be very hard to beat for the former champion trainer Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden.
The selection has always been held in high regard from his bumper days and his Grade 3 victory in a handicap hurdle at Kempton in March was classy.
Now for many the highlight of the day, the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile over, surprisingly, 1m. This is a big chance for Robert Havlin to get a domestic Group 1 on the board for John Gosden with INDIGO GIRL.
The unbeaten daughter of Dubawi was good at Yarmouth first time and even better then at Doncaster in the May Hill. She stays strong and goes with juice and so have every chance of her powerful yard.
And finally from Newmarket, a handicap over 1m 4f. This is so competitive with a number of the leading fancies having taken their last two races. BRILLIANT LIGHT might be the one who can improve a bit more and is another for Osin Murphy teaming up with Saeed bin Suroor.
The son of Sea the Stars has only had three runs, but is a winner at this trip and did well dropped back in distance last time to score at Sandown. He’ll enjoy going back to a mile and a half and is only up 5lb from that latest success.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
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13:35 York – Logician
13:50 Newmarket – Method
14:05 York – Another Touch
14:25 Newmarket – Saffron Beach
14:40 York – Strawberry Rock
15.00 Newmarket – Daahyeh
15:15 Chepstow – Mcfabulous
15:35 Newmarket – Indigo Girl
16:10 Newmarket – Brilliant Light
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