After yesterday’s Dustcart, today we get (hopefully) the Lord Mayor’s Show selections for the televised racing from Newmarket and York.
The Cesarewitch Handicap at 3.35 takes centre stage at HQ, with a field of just 32 due to go to post, most of them trained by Willie Mullins. (No, not really, but he has got 6 in it.)
Young Willie has pouched this event for the past three years but we hope the home team will prevail today and are indebted to Donovan for the headline leading to our main selection Calling The Wind.
Richard Hughes‘ 5-y-o has been a big improver this season, winning at Goodwood at the end of July and running out of its shiny skin when an unlucky second in its prep race over a wholly inadequate 12 furlongs at Newbury three weeks ago. Trap 27 may not be ideal, but Pat Dobbs has ridden Newmarket so often, we’ll leave him to sort that out. At 9-1 this represents a belting each way bet.
We also suggest an each way bet on Elysian Flame from Big Mick‘s yard, as its form ties in closely with Calling The Wind and is more than twice the price. 20-1 are the odds of reward.
Charlie Appleby supplies the short priced favourite for the first three televised races from Newmarket, starting with Hafit in the Zetland Stakes at 1.45. Purported to be the yard’s main hope for next year’s Derby, this son of Dubawi will need to be taking this to live up to aspirations and we think he will. 7-4 is not a price to get the juices flowing but worth a modest bet.
The Group 3 Autumn Stakes at 2.20 sees the reappearance of Coroebus and anyone watching this colt’s last race will not want to oppose him today. At 8-11 this is too short to recommend a single bet but we can recommend a double with Mr Appleby‘s runner in the Dewhurst Stakes at 2.55, Native Trail, which is also 8-11. This works out at roughly 2-1 so that’s what we’ll do.
Also in the Dewhurst, we think Bayside Boy is nailed on to make the frame and, in case anything goes wrong with the fav, suggest an each way at 8-1.
Oop at York there are three races for our entertainment, starting with the Listed Rockingham Stakes at precisely 2.02. We think this rests between Canonized and Witch Hunter and therefore go Dutch on both.
Two handicaps complete the programme, first up being the Coral Handicap at 2.37. In the absence of one of the better fancied runners, we can no longer go each way on Sinjaari but feel its chances are strong enough to venture a win bet at 4-1.
We also think the admirable Platinum Card is over priced at 11-1, so recommend an each way bash on this one.
The closing race is the 21 runner Coral Sprint Handicap at 3.15 and, on two bits of form, the handicap ‘snip of the day’ lines up here. Trouble is, on three other bits of form it would probably finish last so we will be cautious in advising a modest each way bet on Laugh A Minute at 11-2.
Calling The Wind 3.35 Newmarket 1.5pts e/w @ 9-1 (8 places Skybet)
Elysian Flame 3.35 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 20-1 (8 places Skybet)
Hafit 1.45 Newmarket 3pts win @ 7-4
Coroebus 2.20 & Native Trail 2.55 Newmarket 2pts win double @ 2-1
Canonized 2.02 York 1pt e/w @ 9-2 (5 places Skybet)
Witch Hunter 2.02 York 2pts win @ 4-1
Sinjaari 2.37 York 2pts win @ 4-1
Platinum Card 2.37 York 1pt e/w @ 11-1 (4 places Coral/Skybet/Hills)
Laugh A Minute 3.15 York 1.5pts e/w @ 11-2 (7 places Skybet)