A selective Preview today, concentrating upon those races we feel will produce the best return and we start with the 3.15 Cazumo Handicap at York.
This 20 runner affair features our headline horse, given that the above-mentioned lady gained Fame And Acclaim, playing the character Coco Hernandez and having a No. 1 hit with the title track Fame in 1980.
Fame And Acclaim joined Les Eyre‘s yard from Joseph O’Brien in June and has showed itself a well handicapped beastie, despite not getting the breaks. ‘Young’ Les will have been eyeing up this valuable contest for a while, not least because its two best runs have been over this CD and today may be the day. We recommend an each way bet at 6-1.
Tying in closely with F & A is the Tony Coyle trained Broken Spear, which is available at a tasty 25-1 and we will have an each way bash on this as well.
To complete our portfolio for this race we will venture a point to win on Ouzo, which won this last year off the same mark as today, on similar ground.
Over to Chepstow now, for the two televised races, starting with the Veterans Handicap Chase at 2.10, which has a field of eleven.
The open nature of this race is reflected in the 5-1 the field betting, but we have a strong fancy for Geordie Des Champs, trained by the lovely Rebecca.
Lightly raced over fences (2-6), this sprightly 10-y-o picked up two handicap hurdles at Ffos Las in the summer and will undoubtedly have been prepared for today. With Wedgie up top, we suggest an each way bet at 6-1.
The Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at 2.45 has a field of seven, headed by the Paul Nicholls’ trained Pasa Doble at 11-4. Much as we respect esteemed trainer, 4-y-os don’t have a great record in this race and we prefer the chances of Coeur Serein.
Jonjo‘s 7-y-o has a proven rating of 136, having already won three handicaps and, for a Novice, is nicely battle hardened. Fitness, as with most of these, must be assumed but at 13-2 we suggest an each way bet.
Newmarket next, where we cover two of the races, starting with the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at 2.25.
Our each way selection here is Rishes Baar, trained by David O’Meara.
This grey filly has a bit to find on the ratings, but we think the step up to 7f this afternoon could spark a jolt of improvement and the available 10-1 is attractive.
Finally to the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at 3.00, in which we are prepared to give Chindit another chance. Very unlucky at Goodwood last time out when badly hampered, with the ground drying out nicely 7-2 looks fair.
We are also puzzled by the 9-1 available about A O’B‘s Horoscope, which finished like the 4.15 from Paddington at Leopardstown last month and is surely overpriced. Go each way for a tad.
More musings tomorrow.
Fame And Acclaim 3.15 York 2pts e/w @ 6-1 (6 places)
Broken Spear 3.15 York 1pt e/w @ 25-1 (6 places)
Ouzo 3.15 York 1pt win @ 8-1
Geordie Des Champs 2.10 Chepstow 1.5pts e/w @ 6-1
Coeur Serein 2.45 Chepstow 1pt e/w @ 13-2 (2 places)
Rishes Baar 2.25 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 10-1
Chindit 3.00 Newmarket 2pts win @ 7-2
Horoscope 3.00 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 9-1