After James Stevens bagged us three Royal winners yesterday, he’s bidding for more success to fill your pockets on the closing day of the meeting. Keep check, we will add more from other meetings later this morning too!
Chesham – September NAP 11/8
Surprisingly she was one of very few who won first time out for Aidan O’Brien, and she looks a filly who could be massively progressive. She won very well on debut, enjoying a lengthy success on debut at Leopardstown. She’s very well-bred and should enjoy the conditions of offer at the Berkshire track. If she improves from that effort then she has to play a leading role. I know she is thought very highly of, there may be a few people singing that Earth, Wind & Fire number to celebrate!
Wolferton – Khairaat 5/1
I was really impressed by Khairaat’s run at Chester on his seasonal bow, and Sir Michael Stoute’s progressive colt should give another good account of himself. He picked up well in Cheshire to win in convincing style, the 13lb rise is fair by the handicapper, and I’m expecting another bold effort.
Ayrad drops down in level and could be in the place money. He’s been running well in top pattern races, and takes his place against a weaker field this afternoon. With Ryan Moore on board he’s got each-way written all over him.
Hardwicke – Idaho 9/2 , Across The Stars 18/1 ew
Idaho is a horse I like an awful lot, and ran very well at Epsom last time in the Coronation Cup. He clearly needed the run but battled on to finish sixth in the Group One contest. He won the Great Voltigeur at York in good style, before being desperately unlucky in the St Leger. Dartmouth would be a popular winner however.
Across The Stars is a huge price, and can surely outrun odds of 18/1. He won at Royal Ascot last year, beating some good types before running well in the Great Voltigeur. His return to the track at Newbury was very below-par but he can’t have liked the conditions. He’s out to prove himself, and is a good each-way bet.
Diamond Jubilee – Limato 13/5 , Magical Memory 8/1 Dancing Star 28/1 ew
Limato is a top-class sprinter who has to be fancied on this fast surface. Henry Candy’s five-year-old was last seen finishing a disappointing sixth in Dubai, but things didn’t go right that day and he should be better on his return to the UK.
“She was the Steward’s Cup winner last year, and has been very progressive for us. She just found the five furlongs in the Palace House a little too sharp, but she ran on well with credit. She got better with each run last year, and I’m very much hoping that she could develop into one of our leading sprinters this year. It certainly wasn’t a bad run at Newbury considering the circumstances. She’s got a couple of listed options, and then the main aim would be then the July Cup. She’d need to run well in her next start to justify that.” – Andrew Balding talking to HTF on his Five To Follow. Read here.
Magical Memory is another who could run a big race, you can read connections thoughts exclusively with HTF.
Dancing Star is a horse who can certainly make the frame in this field. He was last seen finishing a close second in a listed contest at Windsor, but should be better than that. This is a step-up in class but he is a quality horse, and can outrun good odds.
Wokingham – Raucous 12/1, Birchwood 28/1ew
A really high-class colt who hasn’t shown quite his very best is Raucous for William Haggas. He began the year by winning a good contest at Chelmsford, before posting a decent effort in a listed contest at Windsor. There’s a lot more to come from him, and he looks like a colt who has a bit more to offer. He’s drawn well, and should run well over today’s conditions.
Birchwood is a horse I regard quite highly, and could go well in handicap company. The four-year-old hasn’t disgraced himself in two efforts in listed company so far this season, and this drop to handicapping may just bring the very best back out of him.
Queen Alexandra – Thomas Hobson 5/2 , Qewy 6/1ew
It was very hard not to be impressed by Thomas Hobson’s powerful Ascot Stakes victory on Tuesday, and I do fancy him to add further success at this meeting. He battled on very well, and easily, suggesting he may just have a little bit more to offer. It is difficult to win two races at the same Festival but this horse does seem to have that real bit of class about him.
Qewy is good enough to be picking up some prize money at the end. He was fourth in he Melbourne Cup before winning a listed staying race in Australia. He brings some good experience to the race and may be worth an each-way investment.