It’s Saturday again, and there is some good racing today. It’s a shame that Ascot has been abandoned, as I fancied a couple of horses there on softer ground conditions. There is still some good racing about at Newmarket and Fontwell, good luck!
Here are today’s racing selections
hampers Elysees (2.45) @ 7/2
Johnny Murtagh was a top class jockey, and he is now showing that he is equally adept at training horses as well as riding them. This 3 year old filly ran a cracker LTO to beat Peaceful – who re oppose today – at Leopardstown in a Group 1 over 1m on good ground.
She also has form on a softer surface, so today’s ground conditions won’t be an issue for her. I fancy her to uphold the form with Peaceful here and win this Group 1 contest.
My Oberon (2.50) @ 2/1
William Haggas has always liked this colt, and he has been unlucky not to win more races. He was nearly put over the rail in a Group 3 at Goodwood (finished 2nd), before finishing 2nd behind the well regarded Top Rank in a another Group 3 at Haydock LTO.
He drops down to Listed level over 7f here, and I think he can gain a well deserved victory today. It looks significant to me that jockey Tom Marquand goes up to Redcar to ride this 3 year old, instead of riding at Newmarket.
FONTWELL (Please note the strange race times)
Hang In There (3.29) @ 6/1
This gelding’s form is a little up and down, but he is a Grade 2 winner of hurdles. He beat some well regarded horses that day, and it was also on soft ground which will be beneficial given today’s ground conditions.
He has won twice over hurdles – both at 2m – and he steps up in trip today to 2m 3f. There are some other promising horses in this line up today, but I like the chances of Emma Lavelle’s 6 year old.
Beyond The Pale (4.39) @ 7/2
Trainer Fergal O’Brien always has his horses ready to roll early on just like his former boss Nigel Twiston-Davies, and he has made a good start to this jumps season.
He trains this promising 5 year old gelding, who won in taking style LTO in a bumper at Southwell over 2m on good ground by 4 1/2 lengths. He makes his hurdling debut today, and I am sure he will have been well schooled by his up and coming yard. I like his chances today.