We have another cracking day of racing on Saturday, one which sees the Glorious Goodwood meeting draw to a close and the Galway Festival continuing. There is some top level racing on both the English and the Irish tracks for us to enjoy.
The big race over at Goodwood is the Stewards Cup and we’re going with a selection in that race as well as one on the undercard. There is also one over in Ireland which takes our fancy so there are three bets for us across the day.
The opener on the card is the Stewards Cup consolation race, the Stewards Sprint handicap over 6 furlongs which sees a field of 17 & the top weight running off a mark of 85. It’s hard to know where’s best to be drawn; typically a low draw is favoured but most of the pace is drawn high. Rewaayat could be too good & is priced accordingly after winning both his starts this term in a much lower grade. He won by over 7 lengths on his most recent start & a 12lbs rise could underestimate him. Coming down all the way from Scotland is Tommy G who’s raced in this for the last 3 years, finishing 213. He must surely go well again but is now a 7 year old & a very short price. Call Me Ginger was 2nd in the Scottish equivalent of this & is off the same mark here. He looks sure to go well for Kevin Ryan & Kevin Stott, a combo having a great season.
At a massive price, I’m happy to have a little each way on North Wind from the excellent sprinting yard of David Barron. He’s won just 1 of his 16 starts but there are reasons to believe he’ll go well today after putting in 3 good runs this season. On his first 2 runs, he ran well in defeat behind Celsius and National Anthem when it seemed like 5 furlongs was on the sharp side. Upped to 6 furlongs at York, he ran 6th of 18 behind Tukhoom but his performance can be marked up a lot. Firstly, he raced centre field when the main protagonists raced towards the near side rail & a furlong out, he was still going as well as any but not quite getting home. This easier track will suit, a slight ease in mark helps & with this being just 1 of 2 runners for the yard here this week, he’s sure to outrun his odds.
Back North Wind (e/w) for a 0.75/10 stake at 23.00 Betfair BOG (⅕ odds 1-5)
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The big race of the week is the Stewards Cup handicap over 6 furlongs with a massive field of 28 hurtling down the straight track. It’s the usual lottery but it’s worth noting that 3 year olds have a good record in the race. The Haggas/Marquand combo have teamed up for 4 winners here this week & saddle the favourite here in Nahaar. He was 3rd in the Silver Wokingham & then won a Class 2 handicap at Newbury. He’s now 7lbs higher. Meraas is the leading 3 year old & has won 3 of his last 4 starts including the Scottish Stewards Cup. He has a 6lb rise to contend with but there could be more to come. Lexington Dash is another 3 year old with claims whilst Kimifive, of the older brigade, will pop up sooner or later after a good run in the Bunbury Cup last time out.
Top weight Summerghand is hard to ignore. Danny Tudhope has not been at the track since the first day so he must have big hopes coming back for the ride on him. His record in big field handicaps (15+ runners) since the start of last season is highly impressive despite failing to get in the winners enclosure; 2/15, 5/26, 4/27 (in this last year), 2/17, 4/24, 4/17, 10/22, 4/16 & 2/22. He’s been a little unlucky this term; he was 2nd at Newmarket when coming from the back of the field only to be denied by a 40/1 front runner on a front runners track & then was so unlucky when failing by a nose to get up in the Wokingham, flying at the finish & winning the race on his side of the track. He then went to Pontefract, travelled well & won an easier race before disappointing under Harry Bentley in a Group 3 at Newbury. Back in a handicap, with Tudhope back on board & first time cheekpieces on, I’m hoping luck is on his side & he finally lands a long overdue big field handicap.
WON at 22/1 – Back Summerghand (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 17.00 William Hill BOG (⅕ odds 1-7)
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The last race on the Galway card is a mile and a half handicap for horses rated up to 70. Dark Voyager is a warm order for this after finishing 2nd here on Monday but is tackling older horses for the first time. He’s up 4lbs despite a 3 length beating. Call Me Dolly has overall looked poor but she improved when 2nd upped to this trip last time out but she’s not certain to back it up.
Allora Yeats, now back in a much easier grade, is hard to ignore. She has a wide draw but that’s ok given her hold up style and her recent form is the best on offer here. Owner trained, she won 2 on the spin at the beginning of July off much lower marks but then backed it up when a very close 3rd despite being up in mark. Last time out, he was beaten 15 lengths when finishing 7th but that was in Listed company where the winner was rated 109. She races here off a mark of 67 and back in calmer waters, I expect her to pick these up late on & land the spoils at decent odds.
PLACED at 16/1 – Back Allora Yeats (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 10.00 Betfair BOG (⅕ odds 1-5)
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