Paul ja­cobs

Naps king looks ahead to the month’s big races af­ter be­ing edged out on a 100-1 place in Ce­sare­witch

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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.

Rhodo­den­dron

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