Some more tasty racing tomorrow at Ascot and York and the Major has lined up another raid on the enemy to fund a weekend of debauchery.
Yesterdays double did not quite come off for the Major but thankfully, due to writing the post late and in a rush, the poor wording led a couple of followers to pick the winning double. Essentially I was leaning slightly towards Wallis from Gladys Gal and this is how the Major wagered. It was not clear though and a couple of followers sent me thanks as they had gone for Gladys!
3.55 Ascot – John Guest Handicap
The listed race that precedes this is impossible to solve, with little form on the soft ground, I instead skipped it for the handicap. As a class 2, it is attracting some decent sorts and I think there is a juicy priced outsider worthy of a few quid.
There is a red hot favourite in Keys at 5/4 and I have to say that it is a fantastically interesting horse. It won by a nose a bumper at Cheltenham last year in a race where Paddy Brennan dogedly refused to get it off the bridle. Whether he thought the horse had a temperament problem I do not know but it caused a horrible wait for me and a few others as we waited for the photo which we felt was good. We celebrated when it went our way, then had a horrible 15 minute wait following the ping pong announcement of the stewards enquiry! Result eventually stood!
Keys won well last weekend at Newbury and is due to go up the best part of a stone and so being sent out again unpenalised quickly, he has to be a danger.
That said there is a danger that another 2 mile race (in untested soft) within a week might take a little toil.
The Major fancies another… at 14/1.
That horse is Dayia who goes for Linda Pearce. This is the first time Fallon has ridden for Pearce and that is an advert in itself but the fact that the horse has gone plenty well enough on Good to Soft and the fact that in the Majors book, it does not have that much to find, I score this a great each way bet.
4.30pm Ascot Charity Handicap
There are two in here that catch the eye.
The first is 22/1 Pipette. On old form this one should be capable of going close under the excellent Jimmy Fortune. A year off has been followed by some pretty poor runs but this trainer knows how to nurse one back and a return to form would not be too much of a shock. I think the soft ground might be the key to returning Pipette to some form – It might be worth a saver!
The second and the selection is Oceanway for Mark Johnstone. Lately the winner of two races, this three year old is heading up the handicap but gets a handy 10lb weight for age allowance in this class 2. 5/1 is fair, if he gets his head in front in the last furlong, it will be hard to pass this one.
7.30 York EBF Stakes
Sajhaa is all the rage at evens as I type which is no suprise given his Group 2 performance at York where Midday sent this filly down by 2 lengths. That form is solid but I think she is beatable. I think the ground is the only doubt. She is out of Kings Best and they like it more rattling. The word soft in the description might give us a chance to get something else in.
Contradense is looking to be well placed by Cumani in this stakes event. Not quite up to scratch in recent group efforts but neither disgraced, the Major is never keen on sorts that struggle to get their head in front.
Ceiledh House is doubtful which is a shame as it was interesting. Wrekin Sunset will go in off a big price one day too.
Bottom line is that Sajhaa should take this and evens is plenty. If you cannot beat them, join them.
Tidy Treble that, 14/1, 5/1 and evens.