Enable may have not beaten a great deal at Ascot on Saturday but she was imperious and looks sure to make a bold bid to regain her Arc crown in Paris in the autumn. She is now 3/1 joint favourite (from 9/2) with most layers with Aidan O’Brien’s brilliant duel classic winner Love.
There is rain forecast for Britain and Ireland on Monday with the opening day of the Galway Festival today’s highlight. We begin our preview, however, at Market Rasen where Wisecracker (1.25) can go one better than when runner up at Stratford on his reappearance. That effort continued the upward curve of Ben Case’s seven-year-old who cannot be described as a serial winner, but gets on very well with Bryony Frost and is taken to defy a 3lbs rise. The selection is a best priced 3s with bet365
Fubar ran a cracker here at the last meeting for Kim Bailey but I’m not convinced the drop back in distance will suit in the 2m handicap hurdle and it will be interesting to see what the market says about the prospects of Gelboe De Chanay who has his first start for Ben Haslam. The filly won a listed 3-y-old hurdle on debut in her native France but disappointed subsequently for Philip Hobbs.
My two against the field, however, are Ferrobin and Brandon Castle (1.55) with preference for the latter – 4s from 5s with bet365 – who finished fourth in the Summer Hurdle here earlier in the month and has winning form on soft ground. Ferrobin would have been the selection on summer ground but the forecast rain sways me towards the top-weight who can make all under Frost. There is no other confirmed frontrunner in the field although Lucky Icon did make all at last year’s Galway Festival for Thomas Mullins. He is one to keep on the right side of this term.
Black Anthem was an impressive winner here earlier in the month over a slightly shorter trip, but rain would certainly be an inconvenience and I believe there are more races to be won with The Boola Bee (3.30) this term and I hope Nigel Hawke has her fit and well for her reappearance. The selection is flexible regarding ground conditions and the stable did have a welcome winner at Newton Abbot on Friday evening. Net Love had not been asked a serious question when brought down at Southwell on his first chase start. He is another to consider in a competitive handicap but the 8/1 available for Nigel Hawke’s mare looks a fair ew price.
Harbour Force will be all the rage to follow up his recent Perth success under a 7lbs penalty but I thought Evita Du Mesnil (4.00) was a non-stayer at Newton Abbot over 3m 2f and today’s intermediate trip of 2m 4f should suit Dr Newland’s mare who has been dropped 2lbs since her reappearance.
At Redcar I hope to see Winter Power (12.45) make it third time lucky in the opening nursery. The selection was very well touted ahead of his debut at Newcastle last month and ran a good race in third but failed to build on that when brushed aside by Jojo Rabbit later in the month. This is his turf debut today and he is taken to defy an opening mark of 76. Tim Easterby’s juvenile opened up 6/4 on Sunday but is now an 11/8 shot with Boylesports.
Silver Samurai (4.20) caught a tarter when runner up to Finest Sound on his reappearance at Haydock and he is taken to go one better for Marco Botti. The selection has won on soft ground as a juvenile and Ben Curtis – who was in the plate on his reappearance – keeps the ride . The 3-y-old was 3/1 with Unibet on Sunday.
In the 2m Handicap at Galway Sharjah (6.45) is 13lbs better off with Dalton Highway – including jockeys’ allowances – for the 8L he was behind the winner at the Curragh last time when the selection was constantly denied a run. Patrick Mullins takes over in the saddle for his father and this multiple grade 1 winning hurdle won the Galway Hurdle here a couple of years ago. The 3s with William Hill didn’t last long and the selection is into 5/2.
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