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York Festival – Wednesday Tips, Great Volitigeur and the Juddmonte

Good evening from the Major who writes a short post from the cool Worcestershire clear evening. The major has had winning posts of late, let us hope the form continues.

Wednesday is the opening day of the York festival and so I write with a very short post.

The Great Voltigeur

Main Sequence is shaping up as market favourite at 2/1 and it is easy to like his chances. An unbeaten animal until taking on superstar Camelot in the Derby, this Lingfield Trial winner also when down in the Grand Prix de Paris where thedeep conditions would not have suited. This good to firm will be better but there is strong opposition.

Noble Mission claimed group 3 glory last time out and the horse famous for his sibling will be seeking to set up a famous day for the family in the preceding race to Frankels’.

A strong form line can be taken from Noble Mission to Thomas Chippendale who is seeking a hat-trick and clearly morose improve. The Ballydoyle raider is surely better value than Noble Mission at 4/1 and 5/1 respectively.

Enke and Energiser, the Godolphin representatives don’t make much appeal and while Thought Worthy represents Gosden who has a terrific record in the race, I think this is a strong enough field.

On balance there is a 9/4 price about Main Sequence with Betvictor and I think it is a price worth taking.

The only other York race that appeals as a betting medium is the open sprint handicap which opens the day.

2pm York – Sprint Handicap

If it was not for trainer form the Ponty Acclaim would be the selection in this – a horse with a touch of class and one that is drawn on the side I want to be on. That trainer form is bad though….

The 9/2 favourite is Rex Imperator who has looked a group horse in the making. Charlton does not take that man to York so it has to be respected, clearly on the upgrade.

Tax Free is available with Boylesports at 10/1 – this is a horse. Gave a big mention to at the weekend at a big price. He is knocking on and not a certainty to string two good races together but he is turned out again before the handicapper gets a chance to put his mark back up and his second was very decent on Saturday.

The one the Major goes for though is another who competed with far less distinction in the St Wilfred. Lexis Hero is a general 16/1 shot and a classy enough horse on the day. I don’t think the drop to this trip will be a problem – the horse is one to lead and I would not be shocked to see a return to form.

The Juddmonte

It is an enormous leap to think Frankel will struggle over 10f – the way he finishes his races, I cannot think he will do anything other than smash this lot. St Nicholas Abbey on best form might get within ten lengths but Frankel is playing a different game to the rest of them.

If you are looking for each way value then the two that appeal are Sri Putra who gained a well deserved top class victory at this course last time out and Twice Over who won the race last year.

Courage one and all, roll those dice.

Saturday Sermon – Ascot, York and Salisbury tips…. Am I the only person to dislike our opening ceremony?

Good morning from the Major who writes from the pub, I kid you not.

I know the sun is yet to reach the yard arm and so in front of me is a fine bacon crusty roll and a coffee infused with so much milk that it has a moniker… One that identifies it as less masculine… What can I say, it is early in the morning and your reluctant correspondent sank a few watching the Olympic opening ceremony last night.

Firstly the camping, or non camping to be more accurate. The Major and family have come down to the New Forest for a few nights in gods air, to see the stars and admire his wondrous glory. The idea was reconnect with nature, live the simple life, glean pleasure from cooking in the open…. Sadly, we left the tent poles, a small but crucial detail that is shaping the weekend.

Upgrading to a log cabin was made a smooth process by the kindly folk at the implausibly comically named ‘sandy balls’ site – I kid you not, look it up! They smiled benevolently, took the plastic card from my hand and assured us that the log cabins were exceptionally well furnished.

Instead of spending last night applying insect repellent and washing up in cold water, I lay back and watched the widescreen, occasionally heading to the galley to replenish a glass that never seemed to stay full.

Now the pub? Well it’s the best spot on site for the wi fi…. Honest guv. You may be dubious, many are despite the Major having only honest intention – It is also not my fault that there is racing ten miles up the road at Sailsbury this evening, a course I have wanted to tick off for some time…. Well since Mrs Major is the other end of the racing fanaticism scale to the Major, I think it will be me and Young Major II who loves the spectacle… Good lad, I can already see that the apple has not fallen far with that one.

What about that opening ceremony though? Even a merry amount of wine failed to make it credible for the Major. I am just not into opening ceremonies. Bond, crazy dressed up actors, light shows… All played out with an over bearing salacious commentary like its the best thing man has ever achieved. I dislike the fact that many applaud it.

I acknowledge the ambition of the show was bold. What on earth was Danny Boyle going to do though? In his position, he is best to go with the flow and offer up treats that would make Bacchus blush.

I would have loved a really understated opening, something that said, we do not need all of this. Alas, we competed on the international ceremonial stage in the competition of ‘who can put the most cliched tat on stage’. Meanwhile the commentators told us what this ‘represented’ while famous actors fawned in their ‘once in a lifetime roles’…

I felt it lacked the presence of Terry Wogan to provide his acerbic analysis of events as he did for so many successful years with Eurovision.

For the Major, the Olympics will be made great, not by some chimneys coming out of the ground or the Morris dancers or the cgi images of David bloody Beckham hammering down the Thames on a speedboat! (did anyone else think Terry Tibbs?)

Looking back in sixty years on my deathbed (more likely twenty with my intake) I trust history treats these things rightly, as a ridiculous way we used to live life. No, the Majors Olympic greatness will be measured on the track, in the pool and in all of the other sporting arenas. Give us the majesty of sports, let us inspire a generation through prowess and endeavour, you can keep the rest.

3.10 York Sky Bet Stakes

What a few weeks of weather. Just eight days ago, meetings were being abandoned for water logging and within a week of unadulterated sun, Uttoxeter had to water! York are good to firm.

Sir Henry Cecil won this last year but I would be surprised if Jet Away is as good as Twice Over, although rattling ground will suit.

Side Glance is a horse I have always liked. I watched him win at Ascot last year on Solaro Stakes day. He will also be fine in these conditions and is considered, his last effort behind Frankel was hard to assess but Frankels defeated tend to run to form. Side Glance no longer runs in the Mill Reef colours so a little romance is lost!

If you are considering Side Glance though you have to look at Sri Putra who had him behind this season. There is a horse who has placed a few times at mammoth odds, never seeming to have the required quality for a group one.

The Major has settled on Planteur for the Sky Bet Takes tip. He is the proven class in the field in my view With his French form as strong as anything. His last race can have a strong line through it as he really sweated up beforehand before never racing well. In the first six runnings of this race, it has gone to the favourite on four occasions. I am planning on no major surprises today either. The tip is Planteur at 9/2 with betfred, Stan James and Totesport.

3.25 Princess Margaret Juddmonte

The fillies race at Ascot is next on the Majors menu and I have a tip I like a lot.

The choice between the favourites is a vote for the form of the Cherry Hinton or the Queen Mary and the Major is opting for the Queen Mary.

While Maureen was unlucky at Ascot (I don’t like unlucky horses by the way, they tend to be repeatedly unlucky), I just think Hoyams run was as good.

My tip also has proven form on a rattling surface. There is no reason to believe this should be a big advantage for Hoyam over Maureen on breeding as Maureen is out of Holy Roman Emporer. However we have not seen the odds on favourite race in these conditions where Hoyam has achieved both her decent runs on good to firm.

4/1 is a fair price for Hoyam who is the tip for the Ascot fillies juvenile group race.

Salisbury Racing

If any reader knows more of this course and can tweet me some tips (or leave as comments) as to how to get the best from a visit – I would be grateful. I am likely to bring my four year old along to racing tonight so will probably go for the first 4 races.

There is a typically open maiden in their third race. Open because we have so little evidence with only the having run so far. I shall probably stick with Bold Prediction for the Hannon team who is one to have benefited from experience.

The opener is an amateur riders affair and the Major always seeks to side with quality of jockey not horse in these. That said, it is hard to ignore the glaring entry of Gallego who is bidding win this for a third time and has conditions to suit. The danger comes from Frosty Berry who is open to any amount of improvement on only the second handicap start and debut for a new yard.

in the 7.45, Stir Trader has been rested since battling away for a place in the mud back in April. Clearly better is expected. That said, shorter than 2/1 is a bit skinny and I prefer the 13/2 shot Bajan Story whose 4l defeat in soft latest is rosier when watching the race pan out. A drop in trip for the selection will be fine and I would be hopeful of a decent run.

May tonight’s dinner be elegant and fine. Fish, delicate and fragrant – the wine cold and fresh on the tongue. The company, an earthy beauty with just a damn honest pleasantness. Simplicity is the key to happiness my faithful readers.

Courage and roll those dice.

Coral Eclipse Sandown Tips, Murray, Farhh, Rain, Haydock Tips….It is the Saturday Sermon

Good morning to you all from a rural Worcestershire where the pressing warm air still feels charged with the potential of release.

Cityscape with that distinctive white blaze….

Surprising really as like most, we have been deluged.  From the Major’s windows I can see down the hill into the culvert where an impromptu lake has formed, as it does when system cannot cope.The Major loves the Sandown Coral Eclipse race.  An opportunity for the three year olds and four year olds to battle it out.  A chance for the upstarts, fresh from the Guineas exploits to meet their elders and see if the weight for age allowance and impertinence of youth can win over.  It is a chance to judge the classic generation.Only not so this year.  Bonfire may well be a fine horse but he is the sole representative of his age group today.  This does not mean the race is diminished.  In fact there are a number of intriguing angles for the Major, more of that in a moment.

Andy Murray has made the Wimbledon final and good luck to him.  Twitter (the Major is @tdl123 by the way!)  has a habit of repeating jokes and the line about him winning and being British and losing and being a sCot has done many the round.

The Major is happy for him to be Scottish if he loses and retain his miserable dour Scots Presbyterian outlook if he wins too.  Entertainment is part of the modern sports persons brand.  Being liked is as equal to what you have won.  The pure of heart might balk at this – After all the olympian spirit is hardly about popularity n’est pas?  Yet, we chew our lip when we hear that Beckham was not picked for the squad on the grounds of likely contribution…

Beckham has it, Murray does not.  The Major acknowledges that this is nothing to do with the sport.  If you are a tennis buff then you may be content enough to base your view of a man on his forearm smash.  For those tourists of us though, we want more.  Hence, I don’t like Murray… Given the choice of a beer with him or Federer after tomorrows proceedings, no contest.  What you do as well as how you do it count.

To the sports…

Tips for Sandowns Coral Eclipse

Intriguing… The pace is likely to be generous with Nathaniel and Cityscape in the field.  Sandown for me is a course where prominence can help.  There are pointers.

Softer ground (good to soft officially) is also a big component.  Cityscape, Farhh, Twice Over and Bonfire are confirmed toe-in sorts….

The most fascinating runner has to be Crackerjack King who apart from a run in the french Derby which you would have to ignore, has looked hugely impressive.  Now an inmate of Botti, a massively interesting sort.

Let’s sift through a few.  Bonfire was at one point a hot order for the Derby after taking in the Dante.  That field though does not look as strong as it once did and I doubt that Bonfire measures up to other three year old winners of the Eclipse such as Hawk Wing or Sea the Stars…

Nathaniel would be of significant interest having won the race last year.  The Major tipped him up that day.  Having had no run this season and having been looked outpaced, I wonder if Nathaniel might be a bit caught for toe.

Of the bigger prices, I am attracted to Sri Putra who has run into the places in the last two runnings.  That one will be fired up and Varian is in great form.  66/1 is a fine price and although not the tip, neither is 66/1 right.

Twice Over could also outrun 16/1, a lover of soft conditions and proven Group One performer.  He needs to leave behind two poorer runs from this season and not a lot of excuses seem to offer themselves, perhaps at 7, the best days are gone, perhaps not.

Farhh looks of significant interest having finished really well when finally getting out of a pocket at Ascot last time out.  Personally I wonder if the reaction to that performance is a little overboard but 5/2 seems reasonable.  The horse will like conditions and this is a considered animal.  Especially as he was supplemented for this.

The Major though has settled on Cityscape.  As long as the international travel has not taken too much a toll then I think this horse has possibly the best form in the race having won the Dubai Duty Free from the front.  Good to soft should have no major fears and the Major is going to offer my eclipse tip at 5/1 with Paddy Power who refund if you are second to Farhh.

Haydock – Old Newton Cup Tips

The presence of Allied Powers has shoved the weights up enough that he shoulders almost a stone more than the second in the handicap.  The old timer loves testing conditions and cannot be ruled out stepping back into handicap company, although the Major looks elsewhere.

Lexi’s Boy will also relish conditions and McCain is in fine form stealing these flat handicap races having taken the Northumberland last weekend, considered.

The Major opts for 11/1 shot Easy Terms.  The Old Newton tip has won both starts this term and has a penchant for the sot ground.  An awkward draw has made the price honest but he overcame a shocker at Chester to come from the back and win there.  The improvement may well still be ongoing… Have a slice.

3.10 Sandown – Tips for the Coral Distaff

I must have a look at this race because I simply believe evens shot Starscope is wholly the wrong price.  I have a strong suspicion that we will find the form of her races not that strong.  The Guineas race looked odd and with Homecoming Queen now not looking quite so hot a prospect, I think evens that Starscope gets her head in front for the first time this year is a crazily short price.  I accept that I also have to find the Coronation form a bit misleading too…

That’s what I love about my sport, racing is opinion. Fact + Story = Belief and my instinct is that Starscope is over-rated massively here.

I am opting for a 16/1 shot instead in the lightly raced Kunooz.  Only raced twice as a juvenile, I suspect that her second run was not magnificent (behind Falls of Lora) and then she was put away.  I am taking a risk but I think progress could have been made with her being re-introduced at Listed level.

Tonight may your dinner be a simple home cooked pasta…. courage, roll those dice.