Rachel Candelora is £24.91 in profit based on £1 level stakes bets since May 1 from 67 tips at a strike-rate of 32.84%. The Racing UK pundit takes a look at a burgeoning American dual-surface performer and has four bets for Wednesday's action.
Looking back through modern day American racing history there have been top quality turf horses who could run well on dirt, like John Henry, and there have been top quality dirt horses who could run well on the turf, like Secretariat.
Very rarely, though, is there a horse that is so good on either surface that they do not seem to have a preference and last Saturday night Catholic Boy became one of those cherished diamonds.
Catholic Boy had previously won Graded races on both dirt and turf but in the last few months he has won the Group One Belmont Derby on turf, the most important three-year-old turf race of the year, and then on Saturday romped home, against a very deep field, in the Grade One Travers Stakes, the most important three-year-old dirt race after the Classic season.
In one of the deepest three-year-old crops seen for a while in America, and with the retirement of Justify, Catholic Boy keeps proving that he is the horse to follow. Where will he end up next?
Trainer Jonathon Thomas says that Catholic Boy will return to the turf as a final prep before the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which is staged on November 3 at Churchill Downs.
To more low-key racing, and on Racing UK on Wednesday we have action from Catterick and Musselburgh with Kempton in the evening and it is to North Yorkshire I head for my first tip of the day.
Trainer Michael Bell does not normally target races at Catterick but in the last four years he has won this 12f handicap twice.
On Wednesday he brings Big Orange’s half sister, India, who has a great shout to add to Bell’s good record in this extended 12-furlong contest.
She won over course and distance easily last month before a decent runner-up effort at Leicester last time out.
India now returns to Catterick and jockey David Allan, who rode her to win at the course, gets back on board.
There is not a lot of pace, on paper, in this race so from stall one Allan should just be able to dictate the pace and let India do what she does best, bowl along in front.
Trainer Richard Fahey has an interesting recruit to hurdling with Chief Justice.
An overall maiden from eight starts who was switched to jumping due to refusing to race a couple of times during his career on the Flat, his hurdling debut was very impressive whe he finished second at Aintree in June to the Alan King-trained Cracker Factory, who has now gone on to win twice more in Juvenile hurdle company.
Chief Justice is coming off a wind operation and gets Brian Hughes in the saddle for the first time.
Fahey has had one winner over hurdles so far this year, Judge Earl, who won first run off a wind operation when Brian Hughes got in the saddle.
Maaward was hugely impressive three weeks ago at Kempton, when off a 10-month break he absolutely blitzed a solid novice field by six lengths, in hand.
Worryingly for his rivals he should come on for that and dropping down to 7f is not an inconvenience, nor should be carrying his winner’s penalty as he looked a big, strong horse.
There does not appear to be a lot of pace on paper and even from a wide draw, Jim Crowley should just pop Maaward out of the gate and make all, like he did so in such style last time out.
This three-year-old son of Cape Cross completed the hat-trick of victories at Hamilton in mid-July before he stepped up in grade at Kempton over 12f and finished runner-up to the very good Roger Charlton-trained Magellan.
This near 1m3f contest at Kempton appears a much easier race on paper as there does not seem to be a well-handicapped, progressive type in it and dropping down a furlong in trip will suit as Atticus Boy began his hat-trick of wins in June with a course and distance success.
He does seem the solid play in this race where the main danger, Come On Come On, must prove his stamina.
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