Today’s horse racing preview comes from three meetings, Haydock, Newbury and Leopardstown. Well another brace of winners yesterday, may it continue with a busy nine days ahead.
Over the coming weekend, I will be putting forward my top four horses to follow for Royal Ascot, along with two selections per day.
13.30 Newbury – Be Wiser Insurance Novice Stakes (6.5f)
I was actually struggling to pinpoint one in this race as I do like both Being There and Rogue who are representing two good yards around this sphere.
I have opted for Being There of Charlie Appleby’s whose juveniles are very forward at present. He was a 1.4m yearling and is beautifully bred by Dubawi through the bloodline of French 1000gns winner Beauty Parlour who also finished runner up in the Prix de Diane in her career.
The dam-sire was non other than Deep Impact who was a prolific Group 1 winner in Japan which included wins such as the Japan Cup on his resume. I would be disappointed to see him lose on debut with this kind of pedigree.
Reasons into why I chose him over Rogue is the fact he finished fourth to subsequent winners, even though that form is unknown quality he does have a course and distance run under his belt, but I was not convinced this trip would suit.
Being There : 3pt win @ 11/8 (BOG)
14.30 Newbury – Crossland EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies Stakes (8f)
Once more I have elected to stick with Michael Bells entry here Shimmering Light. She could give sire Dubawi an excellent afternoon, being related to quite a few winners and juveniles she has the quality for me to run well on debut, very eye catching booking of Ryan Moore.
John Gosden’s Standing Rock is closely related to the smart Reckoning, a yard that tend to have done well early doors with their juveniles, but on this occasion, she has come up against a potentially nice selection.
Shimmering Light : 1.5pt win @ 9/2 (BOG)
18.05 Haydock – racinguk.com/freetrial Haydock Apprentice Training Series Handicap (0-70) (11.6f)
The top two at the head of the market look the ones to concentrate on here. Lugano has hit a brace of wins on the all-weather at Wolverhampton and Newcastle, even though he won comfortably at Wolverhampton on years re-appearance in this grade, he comes into this off an official mark of 75 in a 0-70 handicap, could be still improving.
Zenafire won on heavy ground on his return from a success over hurdles, this is a drop in class after his rout win over 14f here last week. Comes here with a 6lb penalty, but just might find Prescott’s entry a bit too good.
Lugano : 3pt win @ 15/8 (BOG)
19.20 Leopardstown – Oliver Brady Memorial Shabra Charity Ballycorus Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
Two northern trainers go head to head here in Fahey and David O’Meara with Don’t Touch and Firmament. It’s the former I am more interested in but it is a shame I will have to rely on Tony Hamilton riding out.
Don’t Touch was last seen on these shores when finishing fifth in the Group 2 Greenlands Stakes last year, but he did himself justice I thought with only two lengths separating the top five finishers.
This year they are taking a bold bid now stepping him up in trip, and this looks a prep run for the forth coming July Cup next month. Now he must be in good heart as they bring him into pattern company over a listed event at Salisbury on Monday week.
O’Meara is attempting to make a race of it when he saddles Firmament, runner up at York in a 0-110 handicap last month over this trip was ok, but both of his wins have come over a mile, so he just might not have the speed to go with Don’t Touch, however he does stay further and Don’t Touch steps into very unknown territory.
Don’t Touch : 2pt win @ 5/2 (BOG)
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