Three great meetings today at York, Newmarket but the biggie has got to be Ascot for the King George.
The mile and a half group 1 at 3.50 is this country’s premier middle distance race and a chance for the three year old generation to test themselves against the older horses.
The red hot fave is the horse who gave Frankel a bit of a race Cirrus Des Aigles currently 6/4 with most firms in the village. My problem with this horse is that he was very poor on his comeback run this season and though the Trainer is adamant that the run was needed and blew away the cobwebs I’m going to look elsewhere.
We have Trading Leather for the wily old Fox Jim Bolger last seen putting our Derby winner in his place when winning the Irish Derby. Trading Leather looked a much improved horse but I’m convinced many of the protagonists that day ran well below form having had a very hard race in our own Derby which Trading Leather missed. Now when shrewdness was being handed out Bolger was at the front of the que with a smug look on his face and I’m sure he will have Trading Leather primed to run a huge race.
Universal like its Trainer Mark Johnstone has had an incredible season and will go from the gun along with Ektihaam and ensure this is a true test at a mile and a half as opposed to a two furlong sprint but both lack the class to win a King George and may take each other on for the lead so much they cut each others throats.
This stamina test will have the Trainer of our Saturday selection purring as it will be perfect for the horse I see claiming a famous victory. It’s the Stoute trained Hillstar who could be the most rapidly improving top class horse in training. Hillstar won at the Royal meeting and this has inspired Stoutey to enter him in this at a huge supplementary fee for the owners. The word in Newmarket from the right faces associated with this team is that his work has been awesome since that win and he carries a great deal of confidence. Three year olds get a valuable weight allowance here and he can be backed each way at 7/1 with Stanjames.
It should be a memorable days racing as will next week at Goodwood. Join the Dons private service, we warmed up with a win bet last night on Frog Hollow at York last night who stormed in at sp 6/1, that’s what you can expect so trust in the Don.
Back next Saturday.
The Gambling Don