It’s time to pause breath for a few days following a brilliant week at Royal Ascot, and it is now the calm before the storm ahead of this weekend, with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby taking centre stage.
The Irish Classic is the feature contest on a brilliant three-day fixture at the Curragh which gets underway on Friday, live on Racing TV. We also have the July Festival to look forward to at Newmarket next month, as well as the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
Beverley is one of three meetings live on Racing TV on Tuesday, and is a track that stages contest I generally like to play in, so I’ve managed to find three bets on the seven-race card. Best of luck.
Proud Archi was backed into favourite last time out but ended up too wide to make a challenge and finished fourth behind my selection on that occasion, Saisons D’Or.
He is 3lb better off with that rival (who is not ideally drawn for a front-runner) and with a better run here, he might just be able to land another course victory.
Michael Dods’ charge is now only 2lb higher than when he won over course and distance last season and seems to be returning to form.
His trainer and jockey are certainly both in excellent form, too, and the good to firm ground is perfect for him.
This four-year-old is now 2lb below the rating he won off last year and will no doubt win another similar race this season, when things go right for him.
Trouble in running late on certainly didn’t help him last time out when he ended up beaten a length at Ripon and, although he doesn’t have to lead to show his best, he looks to have a good opportunity to sit on the pace here, given the lack of confirmed front-runners.
He has never run at Beverley, which is perhaps surprising for one off his mark, but the course should suit given his running style. There is also no better jockey than Joe Fanning to steer a Johnston-trained runner to victory around this track.
Although Cusack is 7lb higher than when successful at Newcastle in March, he has definitely shown improved form since and certainly has the ability to score off this rating.
He underperformed after getting loose in an Amateur Jockeys’ event on his penultimate start but was well backed prior to finishing third at Thirsk four days later and if he’s still in the same form here, he will go close.
He is at the top of the handicap but still racing in the same grade he was last successful in and, although there are a couple of in-form rivals against him, he goes well for Conor Beasley plus he remains unexposed over this trip.Start a FREE one-month trial of Racing TV today and enjoy every race live from 62 British and Irish racecourses. Click here for more details.
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