Mick Fitzgerald’s Horse Racing Tips
We’ve got top-class Flat racing coming your way over the next four days on the Knavesmire so let’s see if we can kick things off with a few winners on day one! Jamie Spencer rode a Group 1 winner for Equilateral’s owner, Mrs Fitri Hay, at Royal Ascot and his style of riding is perfect for this fiery customer. He has run some good races this season in Group company. He drops into handicap company now and should be there or thereabouts. He loves a fast pace and quick ground and he should get both.
Ballymount Bay is the stand-out on form as his second in the Richmond Stakes reads very well now that the winner that day Vandeek has gone on to win a Group 1 contest in France at the weekend. Aidan O’Brien’s Edwardian looked very green and babyish when making a winning debut at Naas on soft ground. He is a huge two-year-old and will only get better as time goes on. This is a fast track, but over this 7f trip I have no doubt Edwardian will be coming home strong. I take him to win this contest.
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Gregory was the winner of the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and this son of the mighty Golden Horn looks tailor-made for the St Leger. This would be the perfect way to set that bid up. He’s lightly raced and was very well supported when winning at the Royal meeting and you get the impression there’s more to come. I want to give a mention to Artistic Star as I thought he didn’t get the rub of the green at Goodwood or at Royal Ascot but he is definitely one that could run a big race here, despite his price.
I walked alongside Mostahdaf after he had won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and he is a big, strong, powerful son of Frankel. His best form is on fast ground and, if you can take his four-length beating of Luxembourg at face value, he has to be the one to beat. Paddington has had a tough season and it would be a hell of an endorsement if he were to win again. The Foxes won the Dante Stakes in May before finishing firth in the Epsom Derby. He didn’t have much luck in the run in the Belmont Derby, finishing fast for second place If it turns into one of these farcical tactical races, he has the pace to finish well and there have been a few shocks in this contest over the years.
Irish trainer Tony Martin is a man the bookies fear and Zanndabad has got the assistance of Ryan Moore in the saddle. Anytime you see him booked for this outfit it makes you take a second look. I know Tony Martin really likes his runner and I have no doubt that if this season goes to plan, he could be the type to end up in a race like the Ebor in 12 months time.
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