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J WONDER is a proper seven furlong horse. She doesn’t have the stamina for a mile and probably isn’t quick enough for six furlongs, at this stage of her career. However she is two from two over seven furlongs and came right back to her bets last time out at Goodwood. She has already beaten Muteela, Indignant, Al Thakhira, Joyeuse and Valonia over this trip so far this year and I see no reason for that form to be reversed.
Amazing Maria, Lucky Kristale and Kiyoshi are all being dropped back in trip after unsuccessful campaigns. The drop back may help them or it could just confirm that they haven’t trained on. I don’t want to be placing my money on any of that trio until they’ve actually shown something on the track again.
Bragging has to be respected after winning a couple of handicaps and there’s no reason to thing that she won’t be able to handle this grade. My reasons for not backing her, despite an excellent time posted at York is simply the price. Despite the 3lbs penalty I would have J Wonder closer to her in the betting.
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ARABIAN COMET is a horse that went into my notebook when finishing second in the Lillie Langtry at Glorious Goodwood. I was on the winner Missunited that day, so was happy she didn’t win. The form around Missunited has to be rated highly after she finished 3rd in the Ascot Gold Cup.
Arabian Comet then ran at York over 1m 4f and finished 2nd, she was staying on strongly that day so I expect the step up in tip to suit her. Of the other runners I don’t really see anything I would want to put my money on. Seal of Approval is favourite, but her best performance cam when winning on Champions Day in 2013. The soft ground helped her that day as it inconvenienced most of her rivals. This season she had two poor runs in the Yorkshire Cup and Lancashire Oaks, which were then followed up by finishing third in a Geoffrey Freer that I don’t rate highly.
On form show this season I have Arabian Comet as my favourite and that’s where my money is going.