#OffTheBridle - J.T cleans up on Day 2 at Newmarket
Horse Racing : Newmarket success for J.T
Crack open the bubbly, fetch the Beluga – for yesterday was a rare, rare day.
If you were shrewd enough to read my preview of day 2 of the July meeting, you will know that the winners came thick and fast.
Parfait and Makzeem in the 1.50 – 1st and 2nd
Clemmie in the 2.25 – 1st
Roly Poly and Wuheida in the 3.3.5 – 1st and 2nd
The pockets are heavy with ammunition for today’s final day, and it’s the big one – the July Cup (4.35pm), the ultimate showdown of sprinters.
I’ve made no secret of my admiration for Harry Angel, the Godolphin speedball trained by sprinting genius Clive Cox, but not only does he have to overcome his Royal Ascot conqueror, Caravaggio, he meets seasoned superstars Limato and The Tin Man.
I’m not sure if it’s just me, but there are sometimes horses that I can’t ever bring myself to back, even though they are very good horses and invariably win races. The first time this became a thing was in 2008 when Katchit won the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Had a decent chance but for some reason, I couldn’t back him that day or any other day.
The Tin Man, who won the Diamond Jubilee at Ascot recently, is another. Keeps winning and is obviously a great sprinter, but I can’t back him. Ever. Or can I? If I can persuade myself that I am simply missing out on free money then he might run a stinker and I’d kick myself for breaking. Today he is as big as 9/1 – surely good e/w value. He beat Limato at Ascot, who is 9/2 today, so surely The Tin Man rates as a good bet. I can’t do it, though and I won’t.
So, for me, it’s Harry Angel e/w at 6/1 with a feeling that Caravaggio will scoot home at around Evens. Should be a great race to watch.
A better betting proposition can be found in the Bunbury Cup at 3.25. With 18 runners it’s a tough one to call, but my two would be Flaming Spear and Mutawathea, who finished a close third in the same race last year, and has Lewis Edmunds taking a useful 5lbs off.
The 2.50 looks an interesting one – I like Maths Prize e/w at 12/1, although Afaak might prove hard to beat. Let’s back both.