Saturday 6th July
The first Saturday in July promises to be an action packed day. Taking central stage will be the Group 1 Coral Eclipse over a mile-and-a-quarter. Although fillies have notoriously struggled in the Eclipse in recent times, it is extremely difficult to envision any colt or gelding winner this particular renewal.
Enable and Magical lock horns yet again, however, could Enable be vulnerable over this mile-and-a-quarter against a battle hardened Magical? I would personally say yes. We have eight runners going to post, meaning there could be some each way value to be had. At a huge price, Danceteria may be able to pick up some pieces should Hunting Horn set a lightning gallop.
With nine meetings across the UK and Ireland on Saturday, it will be essential to pick and choose your battles. I will take the opportunity to highlight a runner in Haydock’s Old Newton Cup over a mile-and-a-half.
First Eleven heads the market as a general 3/1 chance but and even though his form looks absolutely rock solid, his price illustrates that and there is not much mileage in that price for a race this competitive.
Indianapolis is an ex Aiden O’Brien trained four-year-old who should relish this test. He was given slightly too much to do at York two starts ago when finishing sixth and nothing really went according to plan last time out when he was ridden a little more prominently at Ayr. Indianapolis should have something to aim at today and at a general 14/1 chance, He is certainly worth an each way poke and he should enter calculations for your Saturday Trixie or Yankee.
Indianapolis – Haydock 3.15 – 0.5 point ew @ 20/1 (general)
Preview – Ladbrokes Guys & Dolls (£7500 Final on 20/7)
A short preview of the Cat 1 competition at Crayford all rounds covered live on RPGTV Sky Channel 431 which starts with three dog & two bitches heats tomorrow evening.
The first two in each of the dog heats and first three in the bitches heats qualify for next week’s semis, where the first three will make the following week’s final.
Last Years Final was won in good style by Kilmore Lemon and there is no greyhound of that class in this year’s event. I have selected a dog and a bitch, hoping to have two in the Final.
Vying for favouritism are Friday’s Geldof and Magical Houdini who face each other in the Guys Heat one. Both have good winning form but I favour Geldof as he’s crucially drawn inside Houdini, who is a dog that needs to be off the front.
Baytown Ag could be the answer to the Dolls Heat one. She impressed at Central Park and has improved since winning on debut at Crayford.
I prefer Madabout Finn, who reached last years semi in the Guys Heat two. I can’t have Drumcrow Logan, or any dog for that matter who hasn’t been round Crayford.
Sleepy Genie reached last years final and would be on my radar but she’s only 10 weeks out of season in Dolls Heat two, but if she squeezes through she will be improving every week.
In the Guys Heat three we have Fernhill Rex, who is another that has not been round. Gislebertus, who has not been firing but could win the heat if he was and Union Jack, who can improve for first look in a race last week.
Ante Post Recommendations
Friday’s Geldof – 1 point win @ 11/2 (Skybet)
Baytown Ag – 0.5 point ew @ 20/1 (general)