Although no Group 1 action this Saturday, it’s still a fine day of racing, particularly with the Solario Stakes at Sandown. The past two renewals have been won by Masar and Too Darn Hot, so there are some big boots to fill!
Sir Michael Stoute’s Jubiloso looked a talent from day one when she showed a strong late burst up the Chelmsford home straight to win on debut. A resounding win followed before a third in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Things didn’t pan out (as they often don’t) for her at Goodwood when getting trapped in a pocket and by the time she got out, the race was over. She ran on to finish third and on a more conventional track like Sandown, she should gain compensation for last years winning combination.
At a much bigger price, it looks worth paying close attention to Raven’s Raft in the 5.15pm at Wolverhampton. Back at the course and distance of her last win, which came off this mark under this rider, she looks way overpriced.
Over a different trip or on turf in outings since then, she should have her optimum conditions again today, for which she can run well under.
The addition of some sort of equipment can just click with a horse and get them rolling again. Today, some trainers with an excellent strike rate in the past couple of seasons with a particular head/mouth piece have a number of runners who could get into the winners enclosure because of it.
Dan Skelton – 32% First-Time Tongue Tie
Dan Skelton – 29% First-Time Hood
Sir Mark Prescott – 33% First-Time Cheekpieces
Simon Crisford – 29% First-Time Cheekpieces
*odds best available at the time of writing
James Fanshawe is on the only trainer on the entire Beverley card today to have just one runner. It’s a significant 136 mile journey up to the venue, which could be a telling pointer.
There is also a fascinating Irish raider at Chester for the formidable Dermot Weld and Chris Hayes team up for a sole runner.