Not been a bad start to the new year keeping the strike rate just under 40% at the moment and on the BetFan top 10 table but we all know just how hard this game is so no crowing from me. The highly regarded Anglophile went clear under Martin Lane in the straight to gain an impressive victory in the £19,000 32Red Conditions Stakes over just short of two miles on Polytrack at Lingfield Park last Wednesday for Godolphin and put up by us on BetFan.
The Charlie Appleby-trained four-year-old returned the 2/1 second favourite, is now guaranteed a place in the £150,000 32Red Casino All-Weather Marathon over the course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3.
Travelling well throughout when disputing third, Anglophile took the lead turning into the straight and stayed strongly to score by four and a half lengths from Uramazin (Philip Hide/Liam Keniry – 16/1) in second, with a further three lengths back to Castilo Del Diablo (David Simcock/Adam Kirby -11/4) in third. The winning time was 3m 19.70s. The 7/4 favourite Dashing Star (David Elsworth/Martin Harley), who made much of the running, finished fifth of the six runners.
Lane commented: “It was very straightforward for Anglophile. He travelled well – which he was always going to do stepping up in trip – and picked up really well when I gave him a squeeze up the straight. You could not fault the performance at all.”
“Dashing Star has set a strong gallop and when he dropped away George (Baker, rider of Triumphant) kept it going. It was an end-to-end gallop and Anglophile has stayed really well.”
“He has been lightly raced and we have seen the best of him this winter. I don’t think it is the All-Weather that has made a difference, I just think he has taken a bit of time to mature and is growing up.”
“This summer or even next summer, he could be a top-class stayer.”
Anglophile’s victory provided Godolphin with a seventh Fast-Track Qualifier success so far during the All-Weather Championships and the second in the Marathon category after Hidden Gold’s success at Wolverhampton in December.
Oliver Sherwood’s Many Clouds a game winner of the BetBright Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday is now just 10/1 for Festival glory after his beating of Smad Place (Grade 2) chase. His trainer said ”I watched it in the trainers bar with Alan King, Kingy had a large glass of wine I had a large vodka and tonic, but I did not shout, we are meeting back in the bar for the Gold Cup.”
Saphir Du Rheu was very good beating the front running Reve De Sivola in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham were he is 7/1 for the World Hurdle.
The Willie Mullins trained Un De Sceaux looks an exceptional novices chaser after jumping his two rivals into the ground in the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday and is now as short as 4/6 for the Arkle at the festival.
Calipto has been the subject of good support in the anti-post market (5/1 from 7/1) with bet365 for the Betfair Hurdle (Handicap) at Newbury, February 7.
Great to see Hurricane Fly make it ten out of ten at Leopardstown on Sunday taking the Irish Champion Hurdle beating Arctic Fire and Jezki in a power packed finish and has been cut to 5/1 for a third Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
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At Sandown Park this Saturday Silsol at around 8/1 is worth a small E/W investment.
Back next Thursday.
Kevan Minter – The Colonel