One winner out of two last week will hopefully keep the wolf from the door but we move on regardless on the weekend before York, which basically means some second-rate offerings for us all to deal with.
Before then congratulations are in order for the deep pockets of Godolphin who celebrated their 5000th winner this week which is a remarkable achievement. We all know that they are loved and hated in equal measure, and yes, they probably have at time inflated the markets, but for every loser there is a winner, and the cold hard truth is that they have spent more money than we will see in a hundred lifetimes and employed plenty of people over the years.
I won’t go through the lists, but would like to mention Dubai Millennium who is etched in to my memory after a devastating Dubai World Cup success in 2000 and my personal favourite Fantastic Light who won the Breeders Cup Turf in 2001 at odds of 7/5 carrying every penny I had on me at Belmont Park.
On to the weekend next and Newbury looks the best card by far and that is where I am on the never ending hunt for value, which means I am opposing Hamada over the trip in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at 2.25pm. He is no value moving up to this Group Three class and I will have a little on Algometer instead who looked to be coming to hand when a three-quarter length second at Longchamp and ought to find this fraction easier.
The Group Two Hungerford Stakes is the second high quality event form and although I am on the favourite Gustav Klimt, I am not as convinced as the betting suggests.
He does get a bit of weight as a three-year-old, and has got some solid placed form including places in the Irish 2000 Guineas, the St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Prix Jean Prat at Deauville, plus a two length fourth in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last time out.
Dropped back a furlong here he looks the one to beat. but there is a nagging doubt whether he has the either the will to won or not and we will not know for sure until after the race on Saturday.
With the British weather, picking one this far in advance as for York this always come with built in risks, it may dry out, it may be heavy going by race day, who knows, but I feel the need to at least suggest Thunder Snow who will be having his first run since winning the Dubai World Cup in the Juddmonte Stakes. That was a top—class race and he made all the running for a very easy success form what I felt was a high-class field and this will be his first chance to prove that was no fluke for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
Algometer 2.25pm Newbury Saturday
Gustav Klimt 3.35pm Newbury Saturday
Thunder Snow 3.35pm York Wednesday