Televised action comes from three Grade 1 tracks today, with a veritable feast of racing designed to make us all forget about the current parliamentary shenanigans and the tribulations of England’s cricket team.
Haydock hosts the only Group 1 race, which is the Betfair Sprint Cup Stakes at 4.10, in which Khaadem has been installed favourite at 100-30.
We opposed this Charles Hills‘ trained 3-y-o in the Stewards Cup, only for him to destroy the field and win by half the track (well, perhaps not quite that far) and, at the risk of never learning, we oppose it again today, primarily with Dream Of Dreams.
This is the horse which so nearly upset the mighty Blue Point at Royal Ascot and then blew out badly in the July Cup when carrying the impost of our selection.
With the ultra quick ground put forward as the excuse, we’ll go in again, each way, at 11-2.
We also suggest a smaller each way bet on the horse which thrashed Khaadem at Newbury in July and is better off with that horse today. Step forward the German trained Waldpfad, again the mount of Andrea Atzeni, which is available at a tasty 12-1.
Meeting starts with the Better Odds On The Betfair Exchange Handicap at 1.50, a fierce looking race for 3-y-os over 14 furlongs and in this we continue the German theme by liking the chances of Alemagna, which is trading at 8-1.
David Simcock‘s charge won a Grade 3 Goodwood handicap ‘hands & heels’ last time out and looked well in need of the step up to today’s trip. With this being only her 5thrun ever, improvement is still likely and the fragrant Nicola can take advantage of a very light weight.
At 2.25 is the Bet In Play On The Betfair Exchange Superior Mile Stakes and this Group 3 event sees Here Comes When attempt to repeat its victory of last year. Frankly, it looks unlikely and we much prefer the chances of Great Scot, trained by the ‘King of Haydock’ Tom Dascombe.
This 3-y-o looked to be coming back to its best form last time out, will love the ground and has the jockey ‘King of Haydock’ on its back, so at 4-1, this rates a good win bet.
The Betfair Exchange Old Borough Cup Handicap at 3.35 completes the coverage from Haddock and we think Ian Williams will train the winner.
Trouble is, he saddles three, including last year’s winner Reshoun, which has its ground for the first time this season. The trainer’s other representatives are Restorer and Time To Study, and, while we think 1m 6f is too far for the former, we are sweet on the chances of the latter, fresh from winning a conditions race in France.
At the prices, 11-2 & 9-1 respectively, we suggest an each way bet on both.
Over at Ascot, two competitive handicaps are being shown, the Cunard Handicap at 2.45 being the first.
Much as we are loath to desert Rip Orff, at his favourite venue and winner of the race last year, we must recommend an each way bet on Spanish City, which nearly won it a year ago and is massively better off today. Take the 13-2 each way, please.
The Lavazza Stakes Heritage Handicap at 3.55 sees the return to action of our unlucky Shergar Cup selection Never Do Nothing and we see no good reason not to go in again, each way, at 9-1.
The Kempton card features the final of the London Mile series at 3.15, worth a serious £43,575 to the winner, which we hope will be Gossiping at 8-1. Fully 8lbs lower rated on the AW, Gary Moore‘s 7-y-o is already a three-time CD winner and will be ridden by Greatrex T, who suddenly can’t stop riding winners, so from Trap 2, this has to be the main bet.
We also like the chances of King’s Slipper, trained by Clive Cox and laid out for this race all season so the 9-1 available should also be taken.
That’s it – now off to study Erskine May for loopholes.
Dream of Dreams 4.10 Haydock 2pts e/w @ 11-2
Waldpfad 4.10 Haydock 1pt e/w @ 12-1
Alemagna 1.50 Haydock 1pt e/w @ 8-1
Great Scot 2.25 Haydock 2pts win @ 4-1
Reshoun 3.35 Haydock 1pt e/w @ 11-2 (5 places)
Time To Study 3.35 Haydock 1pt e/w @ 9-1 (5 places)
Spanish City 2.45 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 13-2 (5 places)
Never Do Nothing 3.55 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 9-1 (4 places)
Gossiping 3.15 Kempton 1pt e/w @ 8-1
King’s Slipper 3.15 Kempton 1pt e/w @ 9-1