So, we must admit that last week’s July Cup run of The Tin Man was a bit of a surprise! He wasn’t beaten by much, as it was a sprint, but he was beaten by horses he had recently thumped. The surprise was that he was not in the frame.
Caravaggio surrendered his unbeaten record in the race and it was no surprise, we fancied him as a lay. Brando, who we thought would run and tipped at Royal Ascot, ran a cracker in third at 28/1, after a fair lay off. He must not be missed on the run up to the end of the flat. In fact, it would come as no surprise to see him lump top weight and murder them all again in the Ayr Gold Cup!
Enable, another favourite of ours, romped the Irish Oaks but we were put off by the price and track. The filly is becoming a fair horse with three consecutive Oaks on her CV and we recall her Cheshire Oaks win which, on the day, reminded us slightly of Shergar’s win at Chester; let us see how she progresses.
We have looked at this weekend’s racing but Haydock and Newbury are not tipsters meat so we look forward to Goodwood and will be back next week with our selections unless before, we have a Roll Up selection.
Well, Royal Ascot looms next week and it looks a great card over the five days.
Our Derby meeting tips yielded 1 winner at 6/1 (advised price) in ENABLE with a great win in The Oaks and a close up fourth in The Derby with EMINENT who was rather unlucky when squeezed for room in the last 100 yards. Never mind, we still had a profit and more if your bookmaker paid out on the fourth. EMINENT must be followed as he is knocking at the door and a big one is due.
Now to business.
The main bet is on Wednesday with LAUGH ALOUD & QEMAH in Duke of Cambridge Stakes. Both are 4/1 at the moment and a single on each will give 6/4……..BACK THEM BOTH!!
Others we fancy next week are as follows:
LADY AURELIA 7/2 Tuesday
CHURCHILL 4/6 Tuesday
DE BRUYNE HORSE EW 8/1 Tuesday
BIG ORANGE EW 12/1 Thursday
CARAVAGGIO 5/4 Friday
WINTER 7/10 Friday
THE TIN MAN 8/1 & BRANDO 16/1 both EW Saturday.
Good luck with these and don’t forget to review our ROLL UP page!
Well, last week’s good thing Brando flew in at Newmarket as we strongly advised it would, contrary to K Fallon’s pre – race comments that it would flop on the firm ground.
Follow this improving sprinter and never follow jockeys tips as they are reknown for poor advice.
Next Monday, May 1st, we start the ROLL UP service so please check the selected page.
Meanwhile lets see how Punchestown goes.
Again nothing much of note this weekend as Cheltenham fever approaches.
The racing at Doncaster and Newbury looks too tough to call and the only ones we would fancy are old favourites The Last Samurai 5/1 and Yala Enki 10/1 both in The Grimthorpe at Donny.
The Thistlecrack saga has resurfaced with 3/1 non runner no bet quote as rumours abound that it may yet run? Ignore them for it WONT WIN if it runs…..its a LAY on the day if it does run.
Racing last weekend threw up Master Blueyes and if it runs in the Fred Winter or Triumph BACK it for it had Charlie Parcs beaten when that horse fell.
Well you lucky punters, last Saturday’s three tips supplied two winners and a third in the form of Tobefair and Native River with Clyne third. Not too bad really as Clyne ran really well with a big weight, away from his favoured track of Haydock. All three must be followed and strongly as they are all improving at a rapid pace.
Native River is my type of horse, makes the running and grinds them down just like Denman did. Clyne is a horse on a roll, a real trier but just short of top class, this horse is being saved for Aintree. Tobefair has defied the handicapper like none I have ever seen and when looking beaten finds more to make it look easy; a real enigma that deserves a big Cheltenham handicap win.
Now back to business and this Saturday’s Cheltenham and Grand National trials range from difficult to fairly easy.
Yanworth should win at Wincanton and Cue Card at Ascot but the Haydock National trial poses a good think and is best left alone as all are in with a good chance in the expected slog.
There’s nothing like being stood at the 2nd last on the exposed expanses of Haydock Park on a winter’s day, watching and listening to the jockeys appear from up the straight, cajoling their mounts with “over me boy” as they urge them on, the atmosphere is quite eerie. Anyway, that’s another story!
Last week’s tip was a no goer as Brain Power was withdrawn from the Contenders Hurdle to enable his stable companion to take the prize which he did, easily; a tip in its self.
This Saturday’s card at Newbury is a feast of class runners, some of who will be having their final prep before next month’s Cheltenham Festival.
We fancy three horses this week.
Tobefair at 3/1 in the Betfair Cash Out Hurdle must be backed until he is beaten……this horse keeps on defying the handicapper like no other!
In the big one,The Betfair Hurdle (the Schweppes) as us old timers call it, we like the vastly improved Clyne at 6/1. This horse gave the New One a scare at Haydock after previously winning the “fog” race at Haydock. Our only reservation is that the horse seems to lap it up at Haydock;let’s see.
Finally we must back our old favourite Native River at 1/1 in the Denman against another good un Bristol De Mai. What a great renewal to honour the mighty Denman.