EGAN CAN CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN THIS TIME
Newmarket 1.50 - Aidan O’Brien holds a strong hand which is to be expected with these late season juvenile events, and his pair Sydney Opera House and Norway deserve maximum respect.
Sydney Opera House ran a belter in the Royal Lodge two weeks ago here and would be my preference of the two. But it’s WALDSTERN who will be carrying my money as I expect plenty of improvement from him now he is stepped up in trip. He got beat tlast time at Haydock but by a good horse, Kadar, who just had too much speed for him. Waldstern didn’t stop galloping or tire, he just lacked the electric turn of foot that the winner showed.
York 2.05 - I’m glad to see David Egan has retained the ride on MOUNTAIN ANGEL (NAP) after he made the mistake of kicking too early last time. He had the race tied up two furlongs out but tied up in the last 100 yards and a fast finisher pipped him on the line. The testing ground probably didn’t help but either way, he should have won. A 4lb rise is harsh but I think he is still ahead of his mark. Newmarket 2.25 - Although I paid a compliment to Kadar earlier on, I am not too sure he will be suited to the undulations of Newmarket. He is a big leggy type who wouldn’t look out of place in a Cheltenham Gold Cup paddock and I worry for a horse with such little experience running second time out at Newmarket.
Not many horses come over from the O’Brien yard these days that aren’t sired by Galileo but MAGNA GRECIA is one of few on that list. This son of Invincible Spirit won cosily on debut and would have learnt plenty under Ryan Moore. A lovely mover and a horse with plenty of scope edges the vote in this strong looking contest.
York 2.40 - I don’t think this is a particularly strong renewal of the Rockingham. Therefore I am going to take a flyer and plump for FUENTE trained by Keith Dalgleish. He has shown plenty of speed and his run last time out in the Sirenia Stakes looks strong form with the winner winning the Mill Reef next time. In an open race I think he will be well worth an each way play. Newmarket 3.00 - I’m not sure why Sangarius is so close to TOO DARN HOT in the betting because I am of the belief that Too Darn Hot is just Too Darn Good. He has shown superstar qualities in all of his races and his win in the Champagne stakes showed he can dig in and win ugly as well. He just looks a cut above everything else. York 3.15 - As much as I think the handicapper was harsh for putting Mountain Angel up 4lbs for not winning, I think he has been extremely lenient with FLYING PURSUIT (NB) by leaving him on the same mark after a third in the Ayr Gold Cup. He raced alone up the Ayr straight and showed up well considering the horses taking a lead off him faded miles from home. He loves soft ground, he loves York and he loves Rachel Richardson so at 8/1 he rates as one of my bets of the day. Newmarket 3.40 - It is important to note that no horse in the past five years has won this race carrying more than 8st 8lb and I advise you to look towards the bottom of the race card.
The glasgow warrior is one of my favourites but I have concerns over the extreme trip. BLUE RAMBLER however, should relish the test and is weighted to run very well. Ian Williams’ charge was sixth in the race two seasons ago off a 9lb higher mark and he has been laid out for the race this time around.
I am quietly confident he will be able to go very close at a huge price.