#OffTheBridle with J.T McCoy - back to racing
Horse Racing: Newmarket - July Festival
Fresh from the wonderful world of Wimbledon, I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of racing – a sport where there’s real money to be made, although I haven’t seen much of that since the ‘day of the acca’ in 2008.
Having been slightly over-refreshed earlier in the week, it escaped my attention that Newmarket’s July meeting actually started yesterday. Sorry about that. You had a lucky escape really, as I was going to suggest ploughing all your hard-earned and anyone else’s you could get your hands on, into Godolphin’s Frontiersman in the 3.35. Despite being a top-quality prospect, he was pipped by stablemate Hawkbill.
A lucky escape for you – beans on toast for me last night.
Looking ahead to today’s action, there’s a few lively favourites that catch the eye….
In the 1.50, Parfait for John Gosden looks the one to be with, although I’ll be having a 'rod laver' on Makzeem for Roger Charlton, for which the booking of Ryan Moore is interesting.
The 2.25 looks to be a straight battle between the top two in the market, Nyaleti and Clemmie, for Mark Johnston and Aidan O’Brien. With Clemmie being sister to Churchill and progressing well the 2/1 looks a decent bet. If I had to pick anything else for a bit of e/w value, Mistress of Venice, ridden by the uber-in-form Jim Crowley, could be involved at a double-figure price.
The Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at 3.35 looks to be a very deep race, with some serious quality at the head of the market. Roly Poly stands out for the irresistible O’Brien & Moore combo, but Godolphin’s Wuheida returns to the racetrack after a setback earlier in the year and is spoken of very highly by Charlie Appleby. If I had to pick one, I’d go with Roly Poly but fully expect Wuheida to be one to follow if a bit rusty on this occasion.
Tomorrow we’ll look ahead to the Bunbury Cup – a real pinsticker, and of course the July Cup, which I’ve been banging on about for weeks. Caravaggio; Limato; The Tin Man; Harry Angel. WHO WINS??
Let us know your thoughts, because I for one can’t predict what might happen.