Naps king looks ahead to the month’s big races after being edged out on a 100-1 place in Cesarewitch
Naps expert with his pick for the month’s big races
Before we have a look at the racing in the next five weeks let me get a chip off my shoulder about the Cesarewitch. There is little doubt that the various race readers/columnists around the country do a fantastic job, but winner apart, they completely missed out on the most eyecatching run among the 34 stayers in the form of 100/1 shot CAPE CASTER.
Plum last as the field turned for home with 10 furlongs to run, the six-year-old made stealthy headway up the Rowley Mile course to be beaten a shade over 14 lengths in ninth place after being about 40 lengths off the pace.
What made it even worse was I backed the gelding at a fifth the odds to finish in the first eight!!!
It was an enormous performance from the son of Cape Cross and on decent ground he looks primed to land a nice early season handicap hurdle.
Okay, count to 10 and move on. I am always fascinated by the Melbourne Cup and this year’s event on November 7 looks a really high class renewal.
Ebor hero NAKEETA is my first port of call having been aimed at this famous event since that strong running success on the Knavesmire.
Iain Jardine’s charge served notice that he was hugely on the upgrade this season when running Dal Harraild to three and a half lengths in a Listed race atYork before his big success.
It could just be that he is aYork Special- ist with form figures of 4221,but I think he will relish the wide open space of Flemington Park and 33/1 is very tempting.
Last year’s third Hartnell has paid homage to the backside of the greatWinx more than most and will be 6lbs better off with last year’s winner Almandin.
He is worthy of huge respect as is Bart Cummings’ winner Amelie Star, but the other piece of value could come in the form of 40/1 shot INFERENCE.
The former Randwick Guineas’ winner has been crying out for a step up trip following one paced efforts in the Underwood Stakes and then last time out in the Group One Ladbrokes Stakes.
Unbeaten in her last three,including the Grade One Diana Stakes, last year’s runner-up Lady Eli is the favourite for the Filly and Mares Turf at the Breeders Cup on November 3 but second favourite RHODODENDRON could have her measure.
She relishes fast ground and her second to Enable in the Epsom Oaks is arguably the best piece of form on offer in the field.
Of the other races over the two nights, the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile can go to PRACTICAL JOKE.
He found nine furlongs a shade too far in the Haskell,but is unbeaten in two outings over the bare mile and gets the nod over Mor Spirit and Battle of Midway.
Gun Runner and Arrogate rightly dominate the betting for the Classic and looks sure to be involved in the finish on their best form,but the e/w alternative has to be Arkansas Derby winner CLASSIC EMPIRE.
He needs a helter-skelter pace to run at but that is exactly what he will get here and is the most likely source of an upset.
Finally, back on the domestic front another charge to put into your notebook.
CHAMPAGNE PINK was strongly fancied to land a 12f handicap at Newcastle last week,but pulled like the Flying Scotsman through the first half mile.
He showed his class by hitting the front a quarter of a mile out, but paid for his early exertions by weakening into fifth spot. A quicker pace up front should see him land a similar contest.