The opening day of Galway and the Major could not find a winner from the two fancied selections in the feature race.
Tomorrow Goodwood opens and we are into day two of Galway. The Major has a couple of races in which I think there is a value selection.
Before we get on to that I want to repeat a view I have of racing on terrestrial TV. Channel 4 = legends. BBC = bit part, part-time and irritating.
Here is my case… OK John McC is a bit of a clown but he is a racing man with an opinion – I might not choose to dine with him but I am interested in his views on the whip and he is racing every week. That is my main point. Channel 4 are there every week. Rain or shine, Group 1s or the lowly fare served up the Saturday before some major festivals. They run a morning show as well as the main event. In my view they deserve the lot.
The BBC have been cutting back on racing consistently. Balding I do not mind. Rishi, I think is weak. Most of the rest are simply not great presenters. As they only drift in and out of the big race days they have lost their common racing touch. It is all show and nonsense. Too many hats not enough serious racing. They choose to keep the Welsh National on the schedule but the Arc this year is behind the red button. Does that not say it all.
I would like to see channel 4 get all of the racing on terrestrial, they would do a better job and they deserve it. Lecture over.
Goodwood Day One Tips…..
OK. I am going for the Gordon Stakes as an opener.
There is a hot favourite in the Stoute trained Fiorente. The warm way in which this one is being treated in the market reflects the manner in which Nathaniel won the King George. Fiorente was a decent second to Nathaniel last time out, that form is serious. Now Nathaniel is a first-rate Group 1 performer, down in Group 3 company, Fiorente only need show the same level of form to be well involved. Is there anything that could?
Well the one that I think could possibly do it and the each way selection is 12/1 Hunters Light. The listed race at Hamilton it narrowly won was pretty impressive and with Saeed Bin Suroor in good form, this three year old may just have improvement to come.
If this were a handicap, Fiorente would be in receipt of 9lbs which makes you think that Sir Michael Stoute must know he has a good horse to go straight into Group company, there are valuable handicaps he could target with Fiorente who would be on an absolute featherweight. In a way that is a sign of great confidence but there is plenty of that baked into a price of 11/10 already. No it is the less fashionable Hunters Light for the Major.
Now for the Group 2 Lennox Stakes….
This is a cracker, no doubt. Delegator who last was seen racing over 6f which was an interesting move and one the Major thought would suit… it did not work out! Now tried back over 7f, is it a class horse but at 5, we know plenty about it – one for a place… the 3l 5th to Dream Ahead was good.
Libranno is one of those horses that will never carry the Majors money. Good but now insanely difficult to place in my view. Not quite group class, has run way to well to find handicap company easy…. not one for me.
The selection is Strong Suit. This is a horse that Hannon has always fancied strongly. A little bit like Monsieur Chevalier, it has flattered to deceive at times or perhaps, more accurately, not quite fulfilled potential. It has a strong tendency to edge left under pressure but I do think it is an improver and the Chantilly Group 1 it contested was strong, although third, it was within a half length. In receipt of 10lbs from Delegator, it is my 11/4 selection.
Then the Molecomb….
This Group 3 is a real puzzle, there are no obvious answers at all. Hannons Crown Dependency and O’Briens Boris Grigoriev are the two that the Major fancies the most.
While the latter has not excelled in every race, Ryan Moores booking and the fact that O’Brien has targeted this race for his juvenile is enough to suggest that there could be more to come.
Crown Dependency is more of a sensible suggestion. A good third in decent company last time, this good looking bay Acclamation colt would have learned a lot. Hmmm
Charles the Great is also on the shortlist after a great listed win…. also gets the assistance of Jimmy Fortune, one of the Majors favourites.
Hard to call, on balance a win stake is suggested on Crown Dependency who, in an embarrassment of riches in the two year old stables of the Hannon yard, is the sole representative here….
Although I have not covered the 4.20, 9/4 is still available tonight about Warcrown. This debut runner for Fahey has the dogs barking – the Major warned you before the midnight hour… it is apparently the yard pigeon catcher
Galway Festival Day Two
In the opener, I do not fancy any of the first few in the market.
Sublime Talent has achieved little so far although lightly exposed over hurdles. Never dismiss a Weld horse at Galway but 7/2 has way too much trainer-factor baked in…
Princeton Plain was knocked over by Sulwaan last time out – With that one doing little to frank the form yesterday, I am unconvinced.
The one the Major opts for is First in the Queue – This is a Henderson raider who gets the benefit of one of the finest, Barry Geraghty..
8/1 reflects the fact that improvement is needed but I am sure that Nicky has not made the trip for the air. Although the experience is mixed, it has a lot of it. Some of it is quite good, under this pilot I back it to get me a result.