The weekend’s racing – a helpful guide for punters everywhere.

Ayr Gold Cup – won by Louis The Pious but runner up Minalisa is the one to follow next time out…..

Another exciting weekend of racing is now in the past tense and although we learnt a little that should help with future winner finding, the rain at Newbury and draw bias at Ayr means we should read the form with a pinch of salt.  Horses that caught everybody’s eye (and will thus be backed off the boards next time out) would have to include Minalisa (ran a brilliant race in the Ayr Gold Cup from a low draw, the only one to get anywhere near to the action), Toocoolforschool (won the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury by an easy seven lengths but has been less successful on faster ground), and Mecca’s Angel who made then most of her age and fillies allowance to run away with the Group Three sprint – how easy it is to mention them after the race though and they are guaranteed to be poor value next timer out after all the media attention. Newmarket, on the other hand, avoided al the hype and column inches this Sunday so they may yet be the best place to search for notebook horses with the intention of future profits starting with Eastern Romance who ran a race full of promise in the opening maiden over a mile. Trained like the 25/1 winner by William Haggas, he looked in need of the race as do most of the stable’s juveniles and ran a blinder back in fifth after weakening late on despite being given a sensible introduction leaving me sure that the son of Duke Of Marmalade will improve considerably for the experience and should win a race this season.

Big Easy might be considered a touch unlucky after taking second place behind See And Be Seen in the Cesarewitch trial after being blocked on his first attempt at a wound up run from the quarter mile pole and may well improve for the run after a few months “holiday”, but if I wanted to take one horse out of the whole day then John Gosden’s Rewaaya is the one.  A beautifully bred daughter of Derby winner Authorized out of a Darshaan mare she was talked about as a Group class filly earlier in the season but must have had some issues at home for John Gosden. A debut fourth when looking in need of the experience was followed by a maiden win at Leicester followed by four months off, though to be fair they may have been waiting for enough give in the ground. Like an idiot I was looking at entries for the Yorkshire Oaks and similar top class events before she showed up yesterday in a class three handicap off a rating of 86 which was about right based on her achievements – but not based on her homework on the Newmarket gallops.  She did drift alarmingly in the betting overnight which suggests to me she wasn’t fully tuned up even on Saturday, yet she ran away with the race by a pretty easy four lengths at the line and it will be very interesting to see where connections send her next.


Finally, and just as a point of interest (I don’t do “tips” per se), how about John Gosden’s Shamal in the 5.00pm at Lingfield Tuesday for a strange option? Unraced on the flat when trained by john Gosden (bear with me here), he transferred to John Ferguson for a jumps campaign where he ran once and finished fifth of nine (beaten fifteen lengths) in a Worcester bumper, but has now transferred back to his former yard for a flat racing campaign! What that means is anybody’s guess, but it seems fair to assume they think between them he has some talent, or they wouldn’t persevere with a maiden four year old?

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