We have all had another steady week on the betting front, keeping our noses in front. I think it prudent to maintain our profitability, but tread carefully until things settle down in the next couple of weeks, when we will start to have proper bets and a few good old fashioned punts. If this year is anything like last we are now about to be entering a very profitable time. It was nice to bump into my Betfan colleague Andy Bell at Huntingdon last week, I can’t see why the Gambling Don can’t get on with him, I think he is great company and really knows his stuff. I now have a busy time working my way around the courses with both my TV and press commitments, so I shall be right in the middle of the action and hopefully banging in many winners. We have some very exciting international racing coming our way,
Main Sequence is in the running for North American Eclipse Award honours after storming to a fourth consecutive G1 win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf and trainer Graham Motion has not ruled out the prospect of the five-year-old turning up at the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races before the year’s end.
The five-year-old, runner-up to Camelot in the G1 English Derby at Epsom Downs as a three-year-old before being revitalised in the US this season, holds nominations for the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2,400m) and the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2,000m – 10 furlongs) at Sha Tin on Sunday, 14 December.
“We’ve been invited to Hong Kong, we’ve been invited to Japan (Japan Cup) and then there are nice races in Dubai in March, so there are lots of options,” said Motion. “Japan comes a bit quick, so that’s a worry. Hong Kong is an option – my only apprehension is that this horse got quite sick when he came to me last winter and I’m just worried about shipping him a long way, but I’d say we’ll definitely consider it.”
Main Sequence was the first leg of a notable double for owner Flaxman Holdings Ltd. The second leg was completed when the Jonathan Pease-trained Karakontie powered to success in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile. Champion two-year-old in France last year, the three-year-old colt secured Classic glory in the spring with a win in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1,600m – a mile) and is nominated for the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile.
Trainer Jonathan Pease said: “I don’t know about the Hong Kong Mile. He’s had a long year and he may have done enough. We’ll see.”
Sad news hit the racing papers last week that the prolific sprinter Slade Power may have suffered a fractured pelvis on his final run of his career in Australia, could prove to be a fractured pelvis.
Volnay De Thaix was my highlight of last week’s Huntingdon card cruising to the front on the bit two out and winning with tons in hand in this class 2 Handicap Hurdle, the French bred 5yo looks a very smart horse who will make into a very good chaser next season.
The well thought of Tara Point looked a good horse taking the lucky last at Exeter last Wednesday for Paul Nicholls, the 30/100 jolly never gave her backers a moments worry, jumping quick and fast for Sam Twiston Davies pulling clear on the run-in and looks a hurdler to keep a close eye on this winter.
Champagne Fever is bang on course for the King George on Boxing Day at Kempton after a very good performance beating Alderwood by by six-lengths at Clonmel last Thursday and is now 10/1 joint favourite for Kempton.
Horse racing mourns the loss of Dessie Hughes at the age of 71 this week an absolute gentleman hugely popular in the sport of kings as trainer and jockey he will be sadly missed.
Good to see Hurricane Fly make it 20 wins at top level at Punchestown on Sunday beating the 8/13 f Jeski at the final flight.
Molo was a good winner this week at Newcastle for the Pipe camp, she looks a smart prospect this winter over hurdles from a powerful in-form yard.
Do not give up with Birch Hill (9/4 to 15/8) that run was to bad to be true at Cheltenham on Sunday, he was not knocked about when hanging right turning for home one for the note pad when put over hurdles.
The New One will be very hard to beat at Haydock on Saturday in the Betfair Price Rush Hurdle, the recent Kempton winner will start at cramped odds but looks a shoe-in.
Back next Thursday.
Kevan Minter – The Colonel