Apologies for interrupting coverage of the golf, but there’s some half decent racing going on today, with televised action from Newmarket and York.
Proceedings start just before Bryson tees off, with the Rosemary Stakes at 1.50, a Listed race for the laydees with a field of 13.
Our primary pick for this race is the Roger Varian trained Foorat, who was very unlucky not to pouch a similar event at York at the end of July and should be fresh and ready to strut her stuff this afternoon. We suggest a win bet at 4-1.
We also recommend an each way bet on one of the Godolphin three, the Saeed Bin Suroor trained Dubai Love, which is available at 13-2. Last seen running really well in a couple of Meydan Group 2s at the start of the year, she should find this easier and can give the sauce man (H)oisin Murphy a good chance of increasing his lead in the Jocks Championship.
At 2.25 we get the Group 3 Princess Royal Stakes over 12 furlongs and, in the absence of the overnight fav Albaflora, this looks an excellent chance for Golden Pass to get her pretty head in front.
Hugo‘s horse won a Listed race over the July course here in July, beating no other than Free Wind and finished second to that horse at Donny in a Group 2 15 days ago. With the ground very much in her favour and Ryan Moore doing the shoving this is our bet at 5-1.
The Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at 3.00 looks at the mercy of Majestic Glory who won a Group 3 on the July course last time out, beating Wild Beauty which has gone on to win a Group 1 at the cigarette centre of the world, Woodbine. (Those were the days)
A repeat of that performance should see her home, again with Ryan Moore on board. Have a win bet at 2-1.
The Group 2 Joel Stakes at 3.35 sees a fascinating clash between the 2000 Guineas runner up Master Of The Seas and the old warrior Benbatl.
With the Appleby runner returning from an unspecified setback and apparently with longer term targets, we will sit this one out, watch and enjoy.
The two races televised from York are both handicaps, starting with the 6f William Hill Handicap at 2.05.
Disputing favouritism are Cairn Island and the admirable Mr Wagyu, recently seen finishing third in the Ayr Gold Cup.
We think younger legs will prevail and recommend a win bet on Cairn Island, which won comfortably at Newmarket last time out and is just 3lbs higher today. 7-2 are the odds of reward.
We also have a sneaking suspicion that Treacherous will outrun its double figure odds and suggest a tad each way at 12-1.
That just leaves the 12 runner W Hill Handicap at 2.40, in which we propose an each way bash on Silver Samurai at a seemingly generous 16-1.
We previewed this horse at Ascot, when it ran much better than its finishing position suggests (“well, they would say that, wouldn’t they?”).
With the runner in 4th winning a better race than this next time, we give SS a chance to make amends for the Marco Botti outfit.
Now over to the first tee.
Foorat 1.50 Newmarket 2pts win @ 4-1
Dubai Love 1.50 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 13-2 (4 places)
Golden Pass 2.25 Newmarket 2pts e/w @ 5-1 (Hills/bet365)
Majestic Glory 3.00 Newmarket 3pts win @ 2-1
Cairn Island 2.05 York 2pts win @ 7-2
Treacherous 2.05 York 1pt e/w @ 12-1 (4 places)
Silver Samurai 2.40 York 1pt e/w @ 16-1 (4 places Coral)