There’s racing up and down the country on Friday as Newmarket and Newbury get in on hosting the top-class action alongside York this afternoon while Hamilton keeps you company tonight.
Aintree turn up the heat on the summer jumps racing and provide an evening card worthy of winter status and Nathan Joyes has had a good look at the meeting here.
A quick look at yesterday’s Dante result.
Hurricane storms home to win Dante
Hurricane Lane finished best of all to land the feature Group 2 Dante Stakes and was cut from 12/1 into 6/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook for the Epsom Derby on June 5th.
Aidan O’Brien’s second string and 50/1 shot, Roman Empire, set a scorching tempo under Hollie Doyle who gave her mount an enterprising ride and was matched as low as 2.01/1 as she attempted to tee up the race for stablemate High Definition.
The favourite could only manage third, as the stamina test played into the hands of Charlie Appleby’s Hurricane Lane.
It was highlighted in yesterday’s “race of the day” the Godolphin owned runner would have stamina in abundance and he proved to have just that as he saw off the John Gosden trained Megallan – ego rub, apologies.
The winner hit the line strongly after a good tussle inside the final furlong and he has now answered every question put to him and remains unbeaten. High Definition was in no way disgraced with an eye-catching performance in a staying-on third and although he lacked the gears in the crucial part of the race, he could be more of a St Leger horse.
Rhys Williams’ five to bet at Aintree
Our daily tipster Rhys Williams has analysed Friday’s racing and heads to Aintree with five selections, including three in one race.
Read Rhys’ column here.
Money talk at York
Money talks, so which horses are the Betfair Exchange punters backing for the final day of the York Dante Festival?
In the 14:40 Matchbook Exchange Handicap – Surrey Pride saw a flurry of overnight support and touched 8.88/1 from 13.012/1.
Santiago is proving popular with Betfair customers in the feature 15:10 Yorkshire Cup and is into 3.052/1 from 3.814/5.
Fortamour is a big mover in the wide open 15.40 Jigsaw Sports Branding Handicap and is 12.011/1 from 18.017/1 and Get Knotted in the same race is 15.014/1 from 25.024/1.
Timeform’s three best bets
Timeform head to Hamilton this evening and offer up three bets.
Read what the guy’s have to say here.
Race of the day
The 15:10 Group 2 Yorkshire Cup props up the final day of the York festival. Three of these five have already met in the Goodwood Cup last season in which Nayef Road came out on top of Santiago and Spanish Mission when the trio were put to the sword by staying king Stradivarius.
So that begs the question as to why he is a bigger price than rival Santiago? Mark Johnston’s runner gave Santiago 15lbs when beating him at Goodwood but was underwhelming at this Yorkshire venue on his penultimate start and that’s the third time he has been below his best at this venue. That being said, he will still put up a performance in the mid 110s and is remarkably consistent so shouldn’t be underestimated for all he may rely on a soft lead, one he won’t get that here.
Santiago needs to reverse that form with Nayef Road but is a year younger and is still open to the progression that perhaps that rival isn’t. He was beaten on seasonal reappearance at Navan at odds of 8/13 but was tenderly handled in the closing stages, which gave the impression there is another day. That could be today and he could have the race run to suit.
Sir Ron Priestley has done nothing wrong scoring in seven of his 11 starts with his sole defeat in the last two years in the Group 1 Classic St Leger when second to Logician. He has a great attitude and will likely attempt to make the running but he could have competition for the lead from the free going Wells Farhh Go and Stablemate Nayef Road.
This could go one of two ways – tactical or a burn-up so in running-punters at the ready.
No luck for Ryan on day two but he has a strong book of six rides on finale day at York.
Read Ryan’s column here.
Stat of the day
Red hot Calvin’s at it again
Tony Calvin has had a profitable two days at York so far landing yet another winner on day two with Kynren advised at 12.011/1. He has four selections for the final day.
Read Calvin’s column here.
Super Saturday at Newbury
Looking ahead to the weekend and Saturday looks like a good day to be a betting man.
Group 1 action at Newbury in the Lockinge Stakes at 15:35 as a high-class field go to post headed by high-quality miler Palace Pier. John Gosden’s runner will face 11 rivals including Lope Y Fernadez ridden by Ryan Moore, so be sure to get his thought’s over the weekend.
Gosden’s classic winning three-year-old Logician makes his return to the track after more than 218 days off at 14:25 in the Al Rayyan Stakes at 14:25.
There is Listed action in the 13:50 Carnarvon Stakes which sees Andrew Balding’s Tactical back in action, but will he be able to live with the explosive power of Creative Force? I hope not!
Over at HQ on Saturday Newmarket see two Listed races headline, starting with the 14:05 Fairway Stakes where John Leeper will look to enhance his lofty reputation.
Ralph Beckett will hope the drop in trip, drop in grade and the first time blinkers will see Dewhurst fourth, Devilwala, bounce back and land the 14:40 King Charles Stakes.
Yesterday’s opening race at Newmarket the, 17:50 Read Ryan Moore On Betting.betfair Fillies’ Handicap was won by Martin Dwyer and Bellazada controversially as his mount veered badly right from the middle of the track to end up one of the far side running rail. In doing so he hampered the chances of many horses notably the second, third and fourth but the stewards didn’t change the result likely because the horse won by the distance of one length (a neck or head and he would have lost it).
However, the stewards felt jockey Martin Dwyer did something wrong (stick in the wrong hand, did not correct his horse) and gave him a four day careless riding ban.
So it begs the question, if the jockey has been banned for careless riding why does he, the horse and connections get to keep the race?
The ruling is crazy, the jockey has broke the rules set out by the BHA accidently or otherwise, yet the job is done and at the expense of those unfortunate enough to be behind.
People will always say it’s not the connections fault and they shouldn’t be punished by losing the race, well it works both ways and I am sure this morning connections of the runner-up and third are livid.
As far as I am concerned if you break the rules to win a race you have not won on merit and if a jockey is banned for his riding in said race, then I am sorry, the horse shouldn’t keep it. Perhaps the lads can pick this up on the Weighed In Podcast?
Until Monday, have a great weekend and be lucky.
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