There are 31 races to enjoy between 1pm and 8.30pm on Racing TV with The Verdict, always essential weekly viewing, following straight after. It will be interesting to see what presenter Angus McNae made of some excellent racing at Glorious Goodwood.
I’ve got three fancies to ponder, with the nap being the first of them.
2.25 Naas: Bosh at 9-1 with Betfair and Paddy Power
This prize will represent a Cup final for many of these two-year-olds and with prize-money down to 12th place you can expect an all-action finish.
Richard Hannon, like his father before him, is a dab hand at landing these big Sales’ races and looks to have an ideal candidate in Bosh.
He’s improved with each of his three races and looks to have a great attitude and laid-back demeanour. I loved the way he kept gun-barrel straight when defying a penalty at Newbury at the start of last month and the form is working out a treat with the second, third and fifth (at Goodwood) all winning since.
It would be no surprise if he’s improved again and able to hold his own in Group company down the line. His future entries include the Champagne Stakes.
Bosh’s draw in 19 also looks favourable (high numbers dominated the finish last year) and the obvious danger, the unbeaten Sacred Bridge, is next to him. She won at Listed level last time and the horse she beat on her debut, Agartha, has since won in pattern company. However, her latest form has been let down and Agartha improved for moving up in trip.
4.12 Ripon: Big Boy Bobby at 3-1 with bet365
5.15 Naas: Earl Of Tyrone at 7-1 with bet365
6.45 Windsor: Capote’s Dream at a general 5-1
You can make a case for plenty in this cracking sprint handicap but I won’t be able to resist having a few quid on Capote’s Dream, who is on the up and will have the services of Tom Marquand (likely to have had the choice of a few) from a decent draw.
Capote’s Dream failed to win from five starts in Ireland last year but, moved to Tom Ward and switched to handicaps, he’s clocked up four wins this term and been impossible to fault away from soft ground.
He clicked over course and distance in May, under Marquand, and has continued to thrive – looking better than ever when landing a 19-runner contest at York last time. He tanking through the race but ended up doing well to win after briefly getting stuck on the flank. Watch the closing stages above.
The prolific runner-up, Mr Wagyu, again did his bit for the form when winning at Goodwood on Saturday.
Capote’s Dream is held up and will need the gaps at the right time but there’s a stack of pace on the cards and he can swoop late. Edraak and Open Wide head the dangers.
7.00 Carlisle: Only The Brave at a general 7-2
If you’ve not read about Brodie Hampson’s latest return from serious injury on racingtv.com, then you really should. It shows the resolve and determination that jockeys, whether amateur or professional, have to get back doing what they love.
Hampson’s one ride on the card at Carlisle has been in my Tracker since joining the yard of her fiancée, Archie Watson, last year because she’s well-handicapped on the pick of her efforts in Ireland and the trainer has the knack of reviving careers.
I was among Only The Brave’s supporters when she had her first run for the stable at Leicester in October. She was in contention most of the way under Hampson but was a bit free early on and the heavy going took its toll in the final furlong. Last time, at Kempton, she never really fired for Hollie Doyle without being beaten too far but, on the plus side, she’s now able to drop into 0-55 company having run well off 71 in the past.
This will be only her third start for Watson and I doubt fitness will be an issue even after seven months off. She won when first equipped with headgear in Ireland and the blinkers are back on here after an absence of two years.
One for the Ladies is the obvious threat after her near-miss at Beverley but the race revolves around Only The Brave and her returning rider.
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