Best of a Busy Saturday & an Irish Guineas Pick

Irish 1000 Guineas Selection…

I’m siding with a slight outsider in the shape of Aneen, Kevin Prendergast’s unexposed 3YO that went under the radar at the end of her juvenile campaign. She was featured in an article written by HA, after her impressive romp at Curragh in October (https://horsingaroundracing.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/monday-10-october-an-under-the-radar-guineas-horse/) and although we haven’t seen her since, connections have been singing only positive notes around her fitness and ability. She shouldn’t have any troubles on the ground and the mile will suit. Yes, Aiden O’Brien holds the ace in Winter, but there’s still plenty of unravelling to be done from the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. It was a muddled race and I’m not sure the form will work out as strong as you’d expect from a classic. Before Newmarket, Winter had nowhere near the form needed to win the 1000 which again adds some mud to the water. We are nit-picking though and of course she’ll take all the beating today. But at 12/1, with 8 runners still paying three places, I’m more than happy to let the conspiracy play for the day and throw an EW dart elsewhere – albeit knowing Winter could go on and cement her promise at odds-on.

Best of Saturday…

Churchill was a class apart once again and blew his rivals away with consummate ease and flair. The heavy rain planted some seeds of doubt but these quickly died as he picked up and moved smoothly into the lead. There’s no doubt he’ll beat anything over a mile this season among the 3YOs and should move up into open company with a huge chance. Thunder Snow ran well in second in favoured conditions, a useful yardstick in itself, but was still not close to even threatening Churchill. Another Ballydoyle star has truly emerged.

 

Clive Cox had a career day, with Harry Angel and Priceless picking up the valuable sprint double. Harry Angel smashed the course record at Haydock and a clash with Carravaggio, Lady Aurelia and Blue Point in the Commonwealth looks to be one of the races of Royal Ascot. The 3YO did this eased down in the closing stages and after racing keenly for the opening passages, his potential as a top class sprinter is huge. Washington DC was the big disappointment of the day and despite everything in his favour in the Temple Stakes failed to land a blow. He’s one of those ‘could be’ horses and even in a two-runner field at Southwell on a Thursday, he’d make things difficult. Time to move on…

Harry Angel.jpg

At York, Dal Harralid and Copper Knight stole the show as the pair ran out commanding winners of their respected races. Dal Harralid threw his hat into the ring for the Melbourne Cup with a dominant display in the thunder and lightning and confirmed the promise he displayed through an inconsistent but impressive 2016. Copper Knight, bought for 5000 Guineas in the winter, backed up his Chester win with another speedy front running win, landing over 30k in the process. Forget Victor Jannsen, Copper Knight was the buy of the season for Tim Easterby.

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