No Super Saturday for me but surely there was just too much top-quality flat racing for one afternoon.
Indeed, the horse I will be taking forward from the day did not run in a race televised on terrestrial television, but Royal Acclaim is now a best price of 4/1 for the Nunthorpe next month after her impressive win in a listed race at York.
She is unbeaten in three starts and her two wins on turf have come on fast ground, so her ability to handle slower ground would have to be taken on trust, but she was visually very impressive and is a very exciting sprinter.
3.10 Newton Abbot
The ground was described as a mix of good to firm and good (watered) on Sunday morning with no rain forecast for the week.
In the extended 2m handicap chase I hope to see an improved run from Joe Tizzard’s HELFORD RIVER dropping back down to this trip for the first time in 12 months. His two chase wins have been over further, but I liked the way he jumped and travelled at Stratford last time before fading from three out.
Brendan Powell is likely to race his 8-y-old prominently although there is plenty of pace in the race. Steady The Ship is another dropping back in trip, and he looks sure to make it a true test. A bigger danger may come from Shareef Star who would be a threat to all if within hailing distance coming to the last.
3.45 Newton Abbot
AL MUFRIH was rated in the nineties in his pomp on then flat when his wins included the Zetland Gold Cup for William Haggas. He has cut little ice so far over hurdles but ran a promising race when fourth coming back from a five-month break at Uttoxeter last month when he was held up right out the back before making decent late gains.
He can be keen, and wears a hood for a reason, but he would have picked up and carried this lot on the flat and the hope is that Kielan Woods can get him settled and use his flat speed between the last couple of flights.
4.55 Ffos Las
The form of MYRIAD’s close fourth at Salisbury on his penultimate start has been franked by the subsequent successes of the winner - Caius Chorister – and runner up - Wagga Wagga – and the Richard Hughes trained 3-y-old may have run into one when finishing second at Epsom last time.
He is clearly going the right way and David Egan takes over in the saddle this afternoon. Connections look to have found a very good opportunity.
TIGER BEETLE has not seen the track since finishing third in a handicap that is working out well at Chepstow at the end of May. The selection is a half-brother to the mighty Palace Pier and has run into some decent types in his eight-race career to date.
The fact that Sir Michael Stoute and owners King Power are persevering with the 4-y-old would suggest they feel there are races to be won with the gelding. The selection is one of two good mounts for Richard Kingscote on the evening.
* Betting odds correct at the time of writing. Subject to changes.