This is the 311th edition of the Wayward Lad blog.
It was a breakthrough day in more ways than one yesterday, especially for the unsung heroes of horseracing – the jockeys.
Hayley Turner was tremendous in steering DREAM AHEAD to Group 1 glory in the July Cup at Newmarket. In my opinion, Hayley Turner is worthy of a place on racing’s “top-table”. She always rides to the best of her ability and, being a woman, she is given no quarter by horseracing’s chauvinists. For her, there is no hiding place.
Then at York, 3lb claimer Adam Beschizza produced GREEN DESTINY with a devastating run down the centre of the track to annihilate the opposition and win the John Smiths Cup by an easy 3½ lengths. I’ve been a fan of Beschizza since this time last season when he was a 7lb claimer (use my search facility to check the comments). I wrote then “He’s won 5 races from 12 rides for trainers Gay Kelleway and Simon Dow, and yesterday from 2 rides at Ffos Las he rode another winner, making it 2 wins from 2 rides for Sylvester Kirk. These three trainers think they have found a decent claimer worth more than his 7lb.” Admittedly, it was just a steering job on GREEN DESTINY who fulfilled the promise of his 3yo debut at Newmarket in April and is surely destined for group racing NTO.
At Ascot, jockey Pat Dobbs rode DICK TURPIN to victory in the Group 2 Summer Mile and for him too, it was the biggest race he’s won to date. Quite how DICK TURPIN went off at 2/1 when he was 6lb better on official ratings than Red Jazz – who is a only OR118 at 7-furlongs and does not stay a mile – and was 9lb better than the 6/4 fav Side Glance, is beyond me. Had I known he’d be these odds then DICK TURPIN would’ve been my 1st 3pt selection as I thought he’d start odds-on at shorter than 4/5.
Unfortunately, my only selection of the day was AWZAAN in the 4:35 at Chester. What I wrote on Betting League was “Needs a strong pace and he'll get it in this race. Was close-up 3rd to Delgator over 7f at Newbury on 17Sept10 and was rated OR114 for that run. A repeat would put him well clear of this opposition today. Is entered for Group 1 Betfred Sprint at Haydock, and has speed to burn with tremendous turn-of-foot. Ladbrokes go 6/1 and in this morning’s Racing Post, he's the 7/2 fav in the betting forecast. Drawn 8, which is tricky, we'll wager 1pt.” He got out the stalls well enough, but did not seem to handle the turns of Chester (which is always a danger with horses running there for the 1st time). He is disappointing as that run of 17Sept2010 was very good indeed, and he will repeat it one day. Let’s just hope that we can predict when!
Please check Betting League (http://www.bettingleague.co.uk/) later to see what my selections are for today – it’s free.
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