A super Saturday of racing, which culminates with the final day of the turf flat season at Doncaster, plus plenty of jumps action with the best coming from Wincanton.
Hayley Turner has her final rides as a jockey before retiring. She has had a successful last couple of days having rode winners at Southwell and Chelmsford.
This preview sticks to the flat where I take a look two races at Town Moor.
The Wentworth Stakes is a Listed race over 6f and despite one looking to hold the cards tactics could be prove essential.
Iveagh Gardens looks to be the one to beat for Charles O’Brien after her victory in a Group 3 at the Curragh. That day she beat Found by 2l giving weight to Aidan O’Brien’s filly. That was raced on heavy ground therefore the ground won’t be an inconvenience. That win came in May and after a five-month break she returned in a Listed race to narrowly finish second to Sovereign Debt. Again that she give her the fitness to get her back in shape – so she is the one to beat.
The one I like at a price is Brian Smart’s Nameitwhatyoulike. Some of the value has already been got by those follows of a certain Racing Post tipster however he could be a good thing in this race. With conditions on the soft side it may be hard to make ground from the rear over the sprint distances, so a front-runner is preferred. This six-year-old fits that bill and was a course and distance winner last time out. For that success he’s gone up 4lb for what looked an impressive win making all. Drawn in a similar number to what he won from he could repeat the dose of his last effort even though this is more difficult.
Jack Dexter hasn’t won since he won this race in 2013. That day he won the race off 114 and races off 9lb lower here despite looking well handicapped this six-year-old may be getting long in the tooth. Mick Channon’s three-year-old Mobsta could be well treated on the back of his win at Newmarket eight-days ago. He’ll need to find more at this level but he is likely to be staying on and could fill a place. Lancelot Du Lac has led on his last two starts therefore the selection may not get his own way in front. He raced in the Group 1 Sprint Stakes on Champions Day and this is a step down in grade, which gives him claims. He has wins on good to soft ground but he wouldn’t want it any softer than it currently is.
Shared Equity won a competitive handicap in good style at York when last seen and the handicapper has acted accordingly by putting him up 9lb for that effort. This is a step-up in grade but he is another front-running type that is likely to go well for a trainer that knows where to place his horses. Lightning Moon has been running in Group races on the last four starts – one of which was a win on soft ground at Ascot. He’s only had three runs this season after a lay-off and this is easier but he didn’t seem to see out the fully 6f trip in the Sprint Stakes on Champions Day, so that would be my concern, especially at his price.
Advice: Nameitwhatyoulike (10/1 each-way)
This is the penultimate flat turf race of the campaign and the final one for the professional jockeys.
I’m not one for fairytale endings but I quite like the look of Hayley Turner’s mount Buonarroti. If you’ve followed my pieces recently then you’ll have seen he has been a selection previously and this could be his day. Declan Carroll’s charge hasn’t won since he was with Aidan O’Brien but he has shown enough for me to put him up again. Last time out he was fifth over course and distance in a race that wasn’t ran to suit. This should be a more end-to-end gallop, which is likely to help his chances. With the soft ground a high draw is likely to be beneficial if recent years are to go by then the draw in 16 is a positive too.
Penhill beat Buonarroti at Haydock but the selection is now 5lb better off in this contest. This four-year-old is only having his third start for Luca Cumani but a career best is needed. He is well drawn and has previous form on soft ground, which are both positives. The other prominent in the betting is Seamour who has been running over further of late. Last time out he raced over 2m2f in the Doncaster Cup finishing sixth. He has the stamina, which could be important if this turns into a slog yet his last run at this trip saw him finish sixth at York, so he could be more cut out for the 2m trip. Similar to Penhill in terms of soft ground form and the high draw, so don’t discount Brian Ellison’s four-year-old.
Andrew Balding has an interesting runner in Storm Force Ten. He was just 2l behind Trip To Paris at Lingfield in April and has only had two runs since then – one of them a win on soft ground at Chester. His recent effort over course and distance can be excused, as it was likely to be a pipe opener after a break after that Chester win in May.
Mistiroc also has a chance on the basis of his run behind what would have been favourite Argus. That was over course and distance two weeks ago, which a number of these raced in and that race could hold a bit of an indicator to this contest. Jim Goldie’s charge led but seemed to struggle in the closing two furlongs suggesting he didn’t see out the trip. He may have just held on also if he hadn’t stumbled close home but I have doubts again about him here. Green Light was third in that race behind Argus and Mistiroc and he was running on late in the day to take that position. Patrick O’Donnell takes a handy 5lb off but the draw in stall two could be a slight negative.
Advice: Buonarroti (25/1 each-way)