First things first and is anyone else excited about the possibility of Frankel and Camelot clashing, maybe at Sandown in the Eclipse but more likely at York for the Juddmonte international? Whether the Irish will allow the possibility of a defeat that could cost long term millions in stud value is the question that may decide whether they ever take each other on but it would be a match worth going a long way to see and one I am already calculating the train fare for! Fact is the three year old colt is incredible timing in the breeding world, a son of Montjeu to potentially replace the sadly departed stallion, making sure his bloodline continues long in to the future, though he has failed to ignite the public interest with only one superstar apparently allowed at any one time – and his name is Frankel!
Looking ahead this bank Holiday, there are plenty of meetings to go to if the weather in your area makes a day out worthwhile, with six meetings to pick from, though to be fair, the highest quality contest on show is the Class Two Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar, a mile and a quarter handicap. Danadana seems sure to go off favourite for Luca Cumani and Kieren Fallon after his recent win at Newmarket where he looked to have a bit in hand, but a nine pound weight rise isn’t as generous as some would have you believe and I may take a risk with a small each way bet on Fork Handles for the very much in form Mick Channon yard. Those willing to put the extra work in for this four year old daughter of Doyen will notice in her form that she has been outpaced over a mile, and outstayed over a mile and three furlongs (“ridden to lead a furlong out” at Kempton) or a mile and a half (“weakened two out” at Ripon, “lost place over two furlongs out” at Haydock), but could be just perfectly suited by a mile and a quarter here and in handicap class and at a forecast double figure price, and will hopefully prove difficult to keep out of the frame.
The more likely winner, however, has to be the Nicky Henderson trained Kings Destiny, who has been off the track for over a year but is reported to be as fit as they can get him and if ever a stable knew what was needed, this is it! He was last seen when winning a Class Two ten furlong handicap at Ascot in October 2010 off a mark of 100 making him one of the better recruits to the winter game, and I suspect they have been waiting for some decent ground to help conserve his stamina. He gets it this afternoon at Towcester ahead of the 5.10pm (though why choose such a stamina sapping track?), and word is they filly expect a comfortable victory.
Sensible bets for Punters
2pts Win KINGS DESTINY 5.10pm Towcester @ 1.86 with Betfair 20£ in Free bets!
Silly Bet for Dreamers
1pt each way FORK HANDLES 3.55pm Redcar @ 21 with Bet365 200£ Free bets!
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