Wickywickywheels saved the day on Saturday, but Goodwood was largely disappointing. My two biggest bets of the week were Super Superjack (9/1) on Friday and Emily Dickinson (5/2) on Saturday.
Both were given far too much to do with Ryan Moore, for some reason, thinking it sensible in the Lillie Langtry to give market rival Sea La Rosa – forget the frontrunning Urban Artist – a ten length start of which he made up nine when he finally woke up to the fact that they were not going to fall in a heap up front.
Modest fare on Monday but we start at Ayr.
Will He Dance did us a favour in a poor 0-50 Classified event at Musselburgh last time, but he has been raised 7lbs for that 6L romp over 12f and he is overlooked dropping back down to ten furlongs.
The vote goes to the 3-y-old CITY OF LIFE (Nap) who is bred to be much better than his current mark of 61 and is entitled to come on for his reappearance when beaten just a couple of lengths at York. James Ferguson makes the long journey north from his Newmarket base with just one horse in the box and I hope to see them travel back with a winner.
Kraken Filly remains a maiden after 17 starts but she has bits of form which suggest she could be competitive in this 0-50 classified stakes over the mile, but she finished behind RETIREMENT BECKONS at Musselburgh earlier in the season and the selection can conform the form on 8lbs worse terms.
Linda Perratt’s 7-y-old is a standing dish at Ayr and has only won one of his twenty-two previous races at the track, but he goes well for apprentice Harry Russell and his third to Yasar over C&D last week is good form in the context of this event.
There is one standout piece of form in the 10f handicap and that is He’s A Gentleman’s second to Jimi Hendrix at Haydock back in May over a mile. He has continued to run well in defeat since but is not bred to appreciate this step up in distance although he has been finishing strongly over a mile and is worth a try.
Richard Fahey has a runner in the valuable Sales race at Naas this afternoon so stable jockey Oisin Orr goes home for the ride leaving Tony Hamilton to take over on MARQUIS OF YORK (ew) and he is taken to reward each way support coming back from a three-month lay-off.
The selection has been given plenty of time to get over a gelding operation since his seasonal reappearance when he disappointed at Beverley. He finished a good fourth in a Nottingham nursery over a mile on soft ground last autumn – from a 3lbs higher mark - and this trip will suit. If over what was ailing him at Beverley – and it may have just been he had his mind on other things – then he looks fairly treated.
The step back up in distance to 2m 2f+ will suit BALLYBOUGH NATIVE who can win the maiden hurdle for Henry De Bromhead who was among the winners at Galway on Saturday.
The selection won a Bumper over this distance at Tipperary last March and was sold for £195,000 later in the year. He disappointed on his first start for the yard, but his run last time was much more like when runner up over the minimum trip at Punchestown.
LEBSAYER is hardly one of the stable stars but the step up to a-mile-and-a quarter should suit on his handicap debut and he gets the vote for Sir Michael Stoute. The colt is out of a French listed winner at 12f and has hinted in all three starts in maiden/novice company over a mile that he would be well served by further.
Looe Beach is unexposed over the trip and improved for his first start at 10f when second at Newbury from a 1lb lower mark last month. Elena’s Gift made all to win at Beverley last time and a 3lbs rise is fair, but I do think the Stoute colt could be very well treated, and he gets a narrow vote.
* Odds correct at the time of writing. Subject to changes.