“What if”…. I heard me saying more often than usual on Saturday. A day that went off to a flyer with an impressive win for Show Palace (3/1) at Chester, evolved into a frustrating afternoon and night when Dominating got beaten in the tightest of photos as Musselburgh and Lancaster Bomber didn’t get the breaks when needed to end up a fine runner-up, yet that’s meaningless for the bank account.
Capri won the Leger. The big horse, now a winner of two classics, as he also landed the Irish Derby earlier this year, justified the favourite tag and held on under pressure in the closing stages.
His stable mate and my selection Venice Beach seemed utilized as a pace maker unfortunately and never landed a blow. It’s something you got to deal with if you put money on Ballydoyle horses in these type of races.
Onwards and upwards – that’s racing….
3.30 Ffos Las: Class 5 Handicap, 1 mile
Heavy going at Ffos Las today, conditions unlikely to suit too many. Though Born To Sea daughter Waves seemingly loves the mud, judged on her career best performance back in May at Bath.
She shot clear in the closing stages coming from a long way back and looked well ahead of her mark that day. Subsequently she went backwards, however has not seen soft ground ever since.
That changes today, where she also drops in class and a couple of pounds in the mark. This should be a real slog and I feel despite her recent disappointing efforts this will suit her down to the grounds. Waves certainly deserves another chance at a biggish price here.
10pts win – Waves @ 6/1 William Hill