I usually stick to the Jumps at this time of year, but with the weather putting paid to National Hunt cards at Ffos Las and Down Royal – and an inspection due for Wetherby – Friday could be an all-Flat affair.
Nothing stands out for me over in the States for the Breeders’ Cup, but there is a runner at Newmarket that’s caught my eye.
Like a certain Sky Sports pundit who used to play right-back for Manchester City, the Wathnan Racing ownership group have burst onto the scene this year.
They’ve had Gregory and Courage Mon Ami win at Royal Ascot and have invested plenty in some promising youngsters, including the likes of Mister Sketch and Ballymount Boy, for the future.
Their latest addition is Richard Hannon’s classy Serene Seraph, who I rate a great bet for this Listed fillies’ event over 6f.
The two-year-old daughter of Blue Point shaped with immense promise when placing behind subsequent Group 2 winner Carla’s Way, who’s fancied at Santa Anita about 10 hours later, on her racecourse debut at Doncaster in June – and then again at Salisbury in September, when bettered only by Ralph Beckett’s Skellet, who went on to finish a narrow second in the G3 Oh So Sharp Stakes.
After two excellent runs in defeat, the selection got off the mark at Newbury exactly 42 days ago. She ought to have done, but it was great to see her power through the mud to win easily. That gives me confidence she’ll cope with the testing conditions, which will no doubt be a hinderance to some of her 14 rivals.
The trip is a small concern, given her last two efforts came over a furlong further, but she’s a strong traveller with plenty of speed so frankly I don’t expect it to be an issue.
It’s a competitive-enough race, but 4/1 about a filly with strong form who’s been touted by her trainer as a potential Classic horse type is surely far too big.
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