Newbury Preview: Ballymacoll Stud Stakes


Bit of a shocker yesterday – neither Bartholomew Fair nor Tamasha could land a blow and finished down the field. While Tamasha looked dangerous for a moment and may needed simply the run, Bartholomew Fair was very keen throughout and didn’t run any sort of a race.


3.25 Newbury: Ballymacoll Stud Stakes (Fillies’ Listed)

It’s easy to see why Encore L’amour is favourite to land this Listed event. Her creditable runner-up effort behind subsequent Oaks third Lady Of Dubai is the best form on offer. She may well improve from the run and you have to think this looks an ideal opportunity to score for her.

I feel she is opposable on the basis of her short price, though. As she was beaten at Goodwood by quite a margin nonetheless and it’s not unlikely that something else in this race can improve in a way to be a real thread.

I like lightly raced Jasmine Blue. She is better than the bare form of her last run at Newbury. Speedy Boarding is another unexposed sort with potential of dramatic improvement.

However I feel the Irish raider Hot Sauce is overpriced. John Murphy’s inmate is a good looking, big and scopey filly who’s certainly progressive. She won a hot Gowran Park maiden on quick ground – this form works out pretty well. She stepped up into Handicap company and ran a huge race in a competitive field at the Curragh last month. Just beaten in the dying strides in a wild finish by an equally progressive sort who went on to win again subsequently.

She deserves a go at Listed Level and with more improvement to come from here, she must be a major player today, given conditions are going to suit her down to the grounds.

Hot Sauce @11/1 Bet365 – 5pts Win

2 thoughts on “Newbury Preview: Ballymacoll Stud Stakes”

  1. Couldn’t agree more, sir!

    My notebook says:- *HOT SAUCE 3yo (John Joseph Murphy)* Owned, bred and trained by the Murphys they could have a decent filly on their hands. Twice unplaced as a two year old but easy to see why, my first impressions were “leggy, plenty of scope”. She won her maiden at an unfancied 18/1 but could be called the winner a fair way out and she turned over the Ballydoyle hotpot, Variable, and Weld (2), Bolger (2) and Oxx all had runners behind. The Racing Post analysis said *“4th halfway, improved to challenge in 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong and kept on well towards finish”*. It was also nice to see Conor King winning on a decent horse. Interesting to see that this daughter of Pointe Celebre has an entry at Royal Ascot in the G2 12F Ribblesdale.

    *HOT SAUCE* *3rd 14/1* Great run. Prominent, kicked on and led 2F out, chinned last twenty yards.

    Thinking ahead to Royal Ascot. You are a keen follower of International Racing and we have a larger than usual contingent of overseas challengers. Be interested to know your views on those who will enjoy quick ground, handle the razamataz and may be currently overpriced? Personally I think some are here for owners enjoyment of BIG occasion racing (California Chrome especially), some are here to ensure British trained horses (especially those owned by the Qataris) visit their home festivals (Australia & Hong Kong) and some are here because they can win!

    If you did do a preview piece love to see you put it up on RacingGroups Royal Ascot preview.

    Be lucky,


    Fellow racing fanatic!

    On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 9:36 AM, Horseracing – International . COM wrote:

    > Florian Christoph posted: ” Bit of a shocker yesterday – > neither Bartholomew Fair nor Tamasha could land a blow and finished down > the field. While Tamasha looked dangerous for a moment and may needed > simply the run, Bartholomew Fair was very keen throughout and didn’t run > any so”

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    1. Hey Simon, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately didn’t quite work out for both of us with Hot Sauce who was a bit unlucky I guess but ran a mighty race. Well, that’s racing sometimes.

      Yes Royal Ascot is around the corner – really looking forward to it. Admittedly didn’t have the time to really get into the individual races yet but will certainly have something up for it in time. If you’ve got any opinions on the international raiders, let me know. I guess I’m really looking forward to see how Able Friend fares in the Queen Anne. It’s a massive race. Not one to bet in, but just for the pure enjoyment of the sport.


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