Saturday saw an excellent haul of 5 winners from our list to follow headed by Kevin Ryan’s Advanced in the Ayr Gold Cup, with Jamie Spender in the saddle.
Best ride of the day came from Johnny Murtagh who waited at the back with Monte Alto before producing him late to win the 10 furlong handicap at Newbury. This was Monte Alto’s 3rd success of the season. Another to claim his third win of the campaign was Black Rock in a competitive handicap at Ayr where he stayed on well under Philip Robinson.
Henry Cecil has enjoyed something of resurgence this season and he brought back Multidimensional to win at Newbury where jockey Ted Durcan rode a particularly well judged race.
Our 5th winner was Vanquisher who finally got off the mark at the 11th time of asking in a poor race at Newmarket. Fittingly, on a day to honour Lester Piggott, Vanquisher is trained by Willie Haggas, the great man’s son-in-law.
Moving on to Monday, there are 3 meetings on the flat. Big Timer won his first 3 starts on turf last season and was sent over to the USA for a Grade 1 event on dirt at Belmont Park but was tailed off. He runs in the 2.40 at Hamilton tomorrow, his first race since finishing out of the money at Lingfield back in March. He has a bit to find with the likes of Welsh Emperor, who won this race in 2004, but as a lightly raced 3 year old may have scope for improvement. Tom Eaves, his usual pilot, has the ride.
The other runner from our list to follow is Strike up the Band. His last win came nearly a year ago in a listed race on soft ground at Chantilly. He finished last of 12 in a listed race at Beverley on his most recent start last month but he had been of the track for a while before and we can perhaps ignore that run. He seems to handle any ground.
After 3 runs as a juvenile Robbie Scott looked a likely type for handicaps this season but he cut no ice on his return to the track 43 days ago when beaten 32 lengths. That was not a promising effort but there are two things that might just give a glimmer of hope. First of all the ground for that last race was firm, which may not have suited. Secondly, Robbie Scott is related to Bosham Mill who actually won a hunter chase over 4 miles plus, so maybe the extra distance of tomorrow’s race will bring out some improvement when he runs in the 4.10.
For those that are interested in such things Robbie Scott’s half brother Doctor Scott runs in the following race, the 4.10. His 4 career wins have all come on fast ground which rather calls into question my earlier theory. Oh Well!
Perfect Stride, a son of Oassis Dream should collect in the 4.30 at Leicester but looks likely to be a very short price.
Coup D’Etat represents our list to follow in the 5.30 at Leicester. He is a course and distance winner but has a poor strike rate and although he has ability he is not an easy one to predict.
There are also 3 meetings on Tuesday. Spume has recorded 1 win from his 9 starts this season and as that was at 8/1 you are about to go into the red if you are backing him every time he runs and he loses in the 3.30 at Beverley. He has come down the ratings and races off a mark lower than his last win. No 3 year old has won this race in the last 10 years though so the portents don’t look good.
In the 3.10 at Brighton I thought about the once raced Wannarock who is quite well related.
Sir Mark Prescott has not enjoyed quite his usual level of success with his 3 year old handicappers. His View from the Top has won once, with that success coming on the all weather at Wolverhampton. He tackles 12 furlongs for the first time in the 4.10 at Brighton and is not absolutely guaranteed to get the trip on pedigree as he is by a miler. Seb Sanders will be keen enough to get a win here in his quest for the jockey’s title.
Salsa Steps has shown enough in a couple of runs this season to put her in with a chance in the 3.20 at Folkestone.
Northern Jem, a half brother to Polar Jem and Polar Red, is very well thought of by his trainer. He seems to have been found a winning opportunity in the 5.20 at Folkestone.