Before his horse Nipper Reed trebled in the handicap hurdles in 1998, trainer Rod Simpson was asked if the gelding was doing well after his latest win.
Impson replied: “He ate well – but then my girlfriend left me this week, and I’m still eating.”
Nipper Reed finished fifth out of 10 runners on his triple attempt, and I think the lesson we can take is that a horse’s well-being and latest looks may not always translate to greater success on the racecourse.
Yet, without knowledge of the inside of each yard, it is up to all punters to proceed, and a horse going for a hat-trick is always standing on the race card.
Although it’s a different code and type of race altogether, I thought of Nipper Reed when I saw the John and Thadi Gosden-trained Peter the Great treble in Group Three Betfred Rose (3.0 Haddock) of the Lancaster Stakes today. Is going to be. ,
At the cost of almost 8/1, he is sure to have his supporters after two handicap victories in June, but in both he had it all in his own way – two small areas up front and, in my view, connections. should have tested them. In the race listed first before stepping into the group company.
Gross Jack is attracting support as the favorite in early betting and trades as 13/8 after the recent win listed at Newbury and some Group Three victories in Europe last year, while Intelligentsia with claims of 11/2 Another has finished third in 22. -Runner John Smith’s Cup Handicap in York last month.
But the price bet here looks like the winner of that John Smith Cup, Anamat, who was available at 5/1 yesterday.
Coached by Owen Burroughs, the four-year-old won the York Race after a 287-day break, a fine training performance, and was in good form in the final term trading 1/5 running in Cambridgeshire. His last race of the season had tasted victory in the first two hurdles.
His latest win shows that he has retained all that potential and there may be more to come, and I think he will be able to step into class here. Jim Crowley gets the ride and for the race for group three, it could be a cracker.
For each type of bet, a chance is taken in the 5f Dash Handicap at Ascot (2.10) on Lampang, which is part of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, an annual competition on the track in which jockeys each compete against different teams. We do. in many other castes.
At a cost of 12/1 yesterday evening, Tim Easterby’s gelding was mid-division at the Steward’s Cup at Goodwood last week when rated 106, but he has excuses and is judged best in his previous race, where He had won a handicap at Pontefract by a mark of 100.
He quickly returns to action today and although he would be joint-topweight under Christophe Lemire, the mark of 104 seems reasonable.
Another one I like at Ascot is Montsib who is available at 5/2 at the time of writing for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile Handicap (3.35) for William Hagas under Daniel Tudop.
A son of Axeed & Axel, he has won three of his five races, one at 6f and two at 7f, and he steps into the journey here, last out of today’s rating of 18 at the Bunbury Cup Handicap in Newmarket. Got a good fourth place. 97. He has room to improve, and looks like a solid bet this afternoon.
In Newmarket, I look forward to the Richard Spencer-trained Ivory Madonna drawn at the opening door of 4/1 for the Group Three Jewson Sweet Solera Stakes (3.40), an open race for the two-year-old Phillies. ,
That cost him some Bob’s connections, and has yet to drop off the mark after three attempts—but she was runner-up in a maiden here last month, and certainly wasn’t humiliated when group three went to the Albany Stakes to meditate. Royal Ascot in third place, in June, fell friendless in the market at 33/1.