Rachel Candelora tipped three winners from four selections last week and has another quartet of selections running for her on Wednesday.
Summer racing has officially started in America with the opening of the Saratoga and Del Mar meets, which are the traditional summer fare for American racing fans.
Del Mar begins on Wednesday with the feature being the $100,000 Listed Oceanside Stakes featuring Faversham, the full brother of California Chrome, Move Over, a former Richard Hannon-trained runner, and Arawak, who finished in behind Rajasinghe at Royal Ascot last year for Wesley Ward.
On the east coast Saratoga opens on Friday with two Graded races, the Grade Three $150,000 Schuylerville and the Grade Three $150,000 Lake George.
On a separate note, just as Ireland hosts another Classic this weekend in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh, so does the island of Jersey as they host the Jersey Derby that features Aussie Lyrics, a former George Baker-trained runner who is going for a record fourth win in the race. The former Stuart Williams-trained Black Night is in fine form and is ready to avenge his nose loss in the race 12 months ago and has absolutely dominated the Channel Islands racing scene this season by posting several jaw-dropping, high weight carrying performances, and may be in the form that could take Aussie Lyric’s crown away.
Meanwhile, in Britain we have five cards and I have found four bets around the tracks.
The racing at Catterick is hardly top-notch, but a winner is a winner no matter the grade and this amateur rider’s race offers up an interesting play.
None of the riders in this extended 12-furlong contest have a great deal of experience (as it is restricted to amateurs who have not ridden more than three winners under rules) but I have been impressed with what I have seen so far from young Billy Garritty (he has ridden a Bumper winner and a Chase winner so far) and I am hoping he can coax the best out of Russian Royale.
The Micky Hammond-trained mare refused to race from the stalls when last seen on the Flat at Musselburgh in September but since then she has been in good form over hurdles, including a win last time out over two miles at Hexham. She is obviously a risky proposition, but that is reflected in her price at 5-1.
Both career wins for the David Evans-trained Herm have come in Class Six races over this 7f at Wolverhampton, and that is exactly the kind of race he contests on Wednesday night.
He may have taken a little bit of time to recover from a fruitless trip to race in Guernsey in early May (Trevor Gallienne, his owner, is President of the Guernsey Race Club who staged that meeting) but now having dropped in the weights he appears ready to hit form again. Being a pace angle I like the fact that he is the inside speed breaking from gate four.
This three-year-old son of Kodiac made an impressive winning debut at Leicester in May when pushed clear to win by four lengths. It is quite likely he would have been totally outclassed in the Group Three Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, on his only subsequent start, but he never had the chance to really perform that day.
He stumbled badly leaving the stalls and then, when he had managed to work himself back into the race, he was seriously squeezed for room over a furlong out.
So I will give him a complete pass for that effort and hope he can boss this Novice Stakes field under his penalty. He will need to, because he is not much of a price, but stick him in accumulators with the other horses I have tipped.
The 2018 “Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival” opens this weekend and few Yorkshire-based trainers tend to have their string peak for it better than Tim Easterby.
Super Kid, a former Godolphin inmate, has shown plenty of promise since joining the Easterby yard, after a long break off the track, and I think he is interesting now running for the first time on the All-Weather for his new connections.
Rachel Richardson, who rode a three-timer at Beverley on Tuesday, gets aboard Super Kid for the first time and effectively we are getting an extra 3lb pull in the weights given she officially rode out her claim yesterday, but is still allowed to claim on rides she was already booked for.
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