- A corruption scandal involving Robin Hood
- A Yorkshire spa town frequented by Cockneys
- The best racehorse on the planet
Yes, you’ve guessed it – all three are correct.
At 4.45 this afternoon, c) will appear on the track to contest the Dubai World Cup at Meydan and is a juicy 3-1 ON to win it. Probably worth the trip to win a trifling £4,878,048.78 for 2 minutes work, and well worth watching to witness the brilliance of this 4-y-o.
Before that, there’s some good domestic stuff to get stuck in to, especially at Newbury, which features the EBF & TBA Mares “National Hunt” Novices Hurdle Finale over 2 & a half miles. (Please don’t ask about the inverted commas – no clue)
17 go to post for this race and we will go two against the field.
Ruby Yeats, trained by Harry Whittington has less experience than most of these, having had just two outings over hurdles, winning the first and finishing second in the other, behind Verdana Blue. With that horse going on to finish fourth in the ‘Dawn Run’ at the Festival and now rated 140, Ruby Yeats may well have got in here lightly off just 120. Added to that is the booking of the fully fit Harry Bannister, who can take off a valuable 3 lbs and at 9-1 this rates a cracking e/w bet.
Our second pick is the Nicky Henderson trained Theatre Territory, which has been aimed at this race from the start of the season. This 7-y-o would have won a novice hurdle over today’s CD without coming off the bridle in January, but for coming down at the second last and a handicap debut mark of 127 looks generous. Ancient readers of these blogs will no doubt remember some somewhat opprobrious comments being made about today’s jockey, but Daddy owns it so let’s hope SW-C is on a going day. Modest e/w investment at 12-1 is recommended.
Other selections at the meeting are Shotavodka at 7-2 in the first, Ericht at 10-1 e/w in the 2.25 and Don Bersey at 3-1 in the 3.35.