#OffTheBridle with J.T McCoy - Royal Ascot Review, and a look ahead
Horse Racing: There was something for everyone!
The racing was the star of the show – thankfully (although, the usual drunken numpties made an appearance as predicted).
We’re not going to perform a detailed post-mortem of the betting side of things – it wasn’t the best week I’ve ever had, but at least a couple of winners came your way, notably Highland Reel and Decorated Knight providing a profitable 1-2 in the Prince of Wales Stakes. A few hit the crossbar but I’d definitely follow the likes of Mori, second in the Ribblesdale, and Laugh Aloud who didn’t run in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.
Let’s instead celebrate the stand-out races and performances. The racing media is full of Ascot reviews and what we can take from it, and they are comprehensive to say the least, so no point in going over old ground. What we can do however, is assign some big adjectives to what were some absolutely stellar performances…..
Lady Aurelia – Relentless. Scintillating. Breath-taking. A real star over the minimum trip.
Highland Reel – Gutsy. Consistent. Genuine.
Caravaggio – Outrageous. Peerless. Rapid.
Big Orange – Popular. Determined. Fortunate (Far be it from me to criticise the world’s best flat jockey, however I do think Ryan Moore left Order of St George with a bit too much to do, however!).
What were your standout performances from the Royal week? Let me know in the comments, or on social media.
We want more!
The appetite has been well and truly whetted, but we probably need a well-earned rest and a few quiet weeks before we begin to think about the next top-class action coming our way, amongst which will be Glorious Goodwood. Before Goodwood arrives however, there are some big races to look forward to, including this weekend’s Irish Derby and the Coral Eclipse meeting at Sandown next week.
Wings of Eagles, surprise winner of the Epsom Derby is 2/1 for the Irish equivalent and I for one won’t be taking that. Cracksman enters the fray once again, however as with Epsom I don’t see him as a Derby winner. It’s a race to watch rather than get involved in, for me, unless someone out there knows something I don’t…?
The Northumberland Plate is always a cracking race and the most consistent performer for me is Seamour, trained by Brian Ellison. At 11/2 rates a great each way bet with most bookies paying 5 places. I think I’ll be ploughing into the place-only market on this one also.
There’s some cracking racing at Newmarket as well this Saturday, however yours truly will be keeping his powder dry in advance of the Eclipse meeting at Sandown. The showpiece itself is always a great race and this year looks a strong renewal with the likes of Cliffs of Moher, Barney Roy and Eminent potentially lining up.
My favourite Eclipse was back in 2003 when the wonderful Falbrav, ridden by the Dazzler - Darryl Holland, picked up like a sprinter and showed the stamina of a stayer. A great victory by a versatile top-level performer.
Look out for the next post, which will unpick some Sandown conundrums and hopefully unearth some value to have a bit of a nibble at. If I get my arse in gear, I might be able to take a look at next week’s mid-week racing and we can find something to liven up an otherwise mundane week at work before we smash Sandown up.
Quick joke to end with…..
Who’s the only 30 stone man to ride a Derby winner?
Lester Piggot’s cellmate.
I’m here all week.