SPENCER CAN GIVE JUMBO A BIGCHANCE
Ascot 12.45 I’m hoping consolation awaits MAJOR JUMBO (NAP) after a solid effort in the Wokingham. Jamie Spencer struggled to find a horse to follow that day and ended up moving all over the track to try and find the pace. He looks a group horse in the making and although the weight doesn’t worry me, the drop down to 5f is a slight concern but I have the utmost confidence in Spencer to time his challenge right.
Newmarket 1.05 - This doesn’t look as strong a renewal as years gone by and I can’t see many of them making their presence felt in the classics next year. One who might turn out to be above average is QUORTO who hails from the red-hot Charlie Appleby stable. He made an impressive debut here at HQ, and the bare form looks strong.
Ascot 1.20 - CENTURY DREAM ran surprisingly well in the Queen Anne, not because he isn’t short of quality, but because he has always preferred a softer surface. Simon Crisford has handled him brilliantly so far and he is now reaping the rewards.
Newmarket 1.40 - There is no rhyme or reason as to why I fancy FIRMAMENT as his form has tailed off somewhat, but it’s worth noting he is trained by David O’Meara and he has been known to produce one off a long losing streak. The trip and ground should suit and he has dropped to a winning mark so at 14/1 he looks a solid each way bet.
York 1.55 - I’m always keen to support a frontrunner at York, which is why I fancy ALPHA DELPHINI in the City Walls stakes. From a plum draw, he looks to be ideally suited by the conditions of the race and I expect him to take a lot of beating. Newmarket 2.15 - I am sure this is going the way of Godolphin and I hope I’ve picked the right one in DREAMFIELD. John Gosden’s lightly raced 4 year old got caught out by inexperience last time out in the Wokingham but that was only his fourth ever run and his second since 18 months off. I fancy him to come forward from that and improve again which puts him bang there.
York 2.35 - DAL HARRAILD can put a disappointing run in Meydan behind him with a convincing victory here. He looked a much improved horse at Chelmsford and was quietly fancied for the Dubai Gold Cup but ran no sort of race. Back in much calmer waters he should resume his progress.
York 3.10 - York specialist GET KNOTTED should take some beating here. He may not have the scope of Bless Him or Wadilsafa but he is a consistent type who loves it here on the Knavesmire. At 5/1, he looks the safest bet and should give punters a run for their money.
Newmarket 3.20 - Hugo Palmer holds CURIOSITY, the son of High Chaparral, in some regard and given how close he got to Ostilio at Royal Ascot I can see why. This is a much weaker event and his form is by far the strongest in this race so I will be amazed if he goes off at his current price of 4/1.
York 3.40 - Dash Of Spice is a fine horse but at 4/1 in a race like this at York he has to be taken on. I’m backing the reliable SIR CHAUVELIN (NB) who was an eye catcher behind Dash Of Spice at the Royal meeting. He had no sort of run but finished strongly and has since run well in the Northumberland Plate. If they go hard on the front end, this boy will be storming home late at a big price.