Onwards to the July meeting

One non-runner and one beaten a whisker in the shape of Barney Roy last week, but in this game there is never enough time to cry over split milk and we move on rapidly to the Newmarket July meeting this weekend with Saturday the culmination of three frankly fabulous days of racing action.

Before we get on to the winners on Saturday afternoon a brief word on the retirement of Aidan O’Brien’s Minding from a personal perspective – I am sure you will have read all about it elsewhere and I do not intend to bore you any more than normal.

Suffice to say she was a genuine wonder filly and in an age of endless hype where every maiden winner is now described as “the next Frankel”, her career record speaks for itself with seven group One’s and two classics (Newmarket 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks), plus close to two and a half million pounds in prize money.

Few could dream of matching those achievements and assuming she proves fertile, we can all look forward to seeing her offspring on the track in the years ahead, though they will no doubt arrive on course with unrealistic expectations and hefty price tags.

Cleverly, by my standards anyway, that leads us on to the biggest race on the card at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon, and I am beavering away over the keyboard to get my work completed in time to drive off to the beautiful July course just to see if Aidan O’Brien’s Cavavaggio is really as good as it seems.

Cavavaggio and Ryan Moore winning at Newmarket, picture Liesl King

The three-year-old son remains unbeaten after six races having been produced fast and late to win the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot last time out, but this may well be his toughest challenge yet.

Back to the Ballydoyle marketing machine and trainer Aidan O’Brien has described the Scat Daddy colt on separate occasions as “the fastest we have ever had” (August 2016), “one of the fastest horses I have even seen” (May 2017). So he is clearly held in some regard and is still on target to head to Australia to take on their fastest sprinters in The Everest at Royal Randwick racecourse in October where the $10,000,000 prize money is a serious carrot.

If he is to head there, possibly via the Nunthorpe at York next month, then he will need to win this but he has some pretty serious rivals to get past first.

Evens is not much of a price in a line up including Doiamond Jubilee Stakes winner The Tin Man, Clipper Stakes winner Tasleet, and last year’s winner Limato to name but three, but may be the best sprinter we have seen in Europe for some time and one to go to war around the world with, hopefully.

One other horse will do for me over the weekend and that honour falls to another O’Brien inmate in the twice raced Gustav Klimt. He did disappoint when only fifth on his Curragh debut, but really caught the eye with a devastating turn of foot to take his maiden at the same track and looks to be progressing slowly in the manner of a good horse.

He is reported to have improved again at home and is now working with the better juveniles and is not overfaced in the Superlative Stakes at 4.00pm. He can give Ryan Moore a double on the day at the very least.

Sean’s Suggested bets:

Gustav Klimt 4.00pm Newmarket Saturday

Caravaggio 4.35pm Newmarket Saturday