After an entertaining Dante Meeting the pick of the racing comes from across the pond on Saturday. We will have a preview of the Preakness Stakes on the site shortly but there are still meetings in the UK to have a look at.
It has to be said that it is some pretty standard fayre for a Saturday in May but there is a card at Newbury which has a race which has caught the eye from a betting point of view. That will form our only bet for the afternoon.
On a day of limited betting opportunities, the London Gold Cup is the race to focus on. 11 runners face the starter in this Class 2 handicap over a mile & a quarter; it’s probably known as one of the hottest handicaps of the season, in class if nothing else, and there is sure to be many winners coming out of it. 7 of the 11 strong field won their most recent start & 5 of the field are making their first start in handicap company. Ryan Moore rides the favourite in Bay Bridge & he hosed up by over 5 lengths on his most recent start. He’s sure to progress from that & does look a worthy favourite but with so much untapped potential amongst his rivals, he also looks worth taking on. King Frankel has good figures at first glance but is beginning to look exposed & may not improve at the rate of others whilst Tamborrada is 3 from 3 including a handicap over this trip last time but he scrambled home that day & has been put up a harsh looking 8lbs.
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Only 1 of 4 runners not to have won last time out is priced under 20/1 & it’s that horse, Oz Legend, that will be my choice to land the spoils here. In December, he won a 10 runner maiden over a mile at Newcastle in decent fashion, looking like a step up in trip would suit, and the form of that race is holding up. The runner up has since finished runner up at Newbury recording a RPR of 96, the 4th won his next start & is now rated 85, the 5th is rated 83 & the 6th ran well in Listed company recording a RPR of 91. On his only start this campaign, the selection ran 3rd in a hot Windsor novice event over this trip on firmish ground which may not have suited. There was just over a length in it at the line splitting the front 3 with 3 lengths or more back to the rest of the field. The second in that race still holds a Derby entry & the winner looks like a Group horse in the making for Charlie Appleby. His performance can be upgraded to since he broke slow & used up some energy getting a prominent position. From a yard in form, this son of Lawman should appreciate the rain that is about & he could make up into a very useful 3 year old on easy going, starting with this valuable prize today.
PLACED – Back Oz Legend (e/w) for a 0.75/10 stake at 9.00 William Hill BOG (⅕ odds 1-4)
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