SPARE a thought for Bridget Andrews. She was well clear on Stick to the Plan at Southwell yesterday when, in her own words, she “fell off” just before the winning post. It was a bizarre incident that sparked the usual vitriolic pocket talk and bile-ridden response on social media. She is a good rider with an excellent strike rate and it will probably never happen to her again. Fair play to her for coming out and apologising on Twitter last night.
Meanwhile, at the Book One Tattersalls sales last year’s top mark of 2.6 million guineas was matched by a Dubawi colt out of Izzi Top bred and sold by Meon Valley Stud. Roger Varian signed the ticket on behalf of Dubawi’s owner Sheikh Obaid. And, as expected, Godolphin continue to stock up on Galileo yearlings, notably when outbidding MV Magnier at 800,000gns for a filly out of Fred Darling Stakes winner Maureen.
Two good winners for this column yesterday. Big Time Maybe (10/1 SP) scooted in at Kempton and he looks one to follow on the all weather, which he clearly enjoys. And Zamoyski (11/4) got the job done at Southwell.
As for today, plenty of rain around so be wary of non runners and make sure your selections can handle testing ground. One who does is Diamond Dougal (3.25 Nottingham) who has a decent chance of defying a penalty and following up his easy Haydock win of last Friday. I was there that day and he won with plenty in hand, revelling in the soft ground. Conditions are not quite as testing today but he has a decent draw and is clearly in good heart. He is a general 6/1 shot and that might not last.
Mooltazem (4.30) is a horse who went into many notebooks after his promising racecourse debut for John Gosden. He duly won his maiden next time at Ripon but fluffed his lines in a Chelmsford handicap last time. He has had a break and his pedigree suggests he should enjoy the soft ground at Nottingham today. He could be leniently handicapped and is a 9/2 shot.
Another who likes to get his toe in is Storm Rock (4.10 Salisbury) and he has dropped to a workable rating of 85. Hollie Doyle takes off another three and he may handle conditions better than his rivals. There are bits of 13/2 around.
Brilliant Vanguard (7.40) (9/2) has really found his mojo, racking up a hat-trick and despite another 4lb rise he could make it four tonight at Kempton.
Finally, I like the look of Who’s Steph (3.40 Naas) in a warm looking maiden. She ran a race full of promise on her debut and seemed to be crying out for a mile. There is plenty of stamina in her pedigree and with three Aidan O’Brien debutantes in the field she might go off a decent price. The 6/1 still available with Stan James looks tempting. She is trained by Ger Lyons whose informative blog is always worth a read.
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