Saturday 21st April 2018
Spring Trials Meeting Day 2
It’s the second day of the Spring Trials Meeting at Newbury and it’s thrown up some cracking contests. There will be many clues for the upcoming classics on offer here and I personally can’t wait to see it all unfold. Here are my fancies..
Humbolt Current (5/6) (Jockey: J Doyle – Trainer: W J Haggas)
(Was very slow away when last seen and was at the back for the majority of the contest. Stayed on in eye catching fashion in that contest behind a smart one and I’d be very surprised if a bold showing wasn’t put on here.)
Skydiving (20/1) (E/W) (Jockey: C Bishop – Trainer: E J Houghton)
(If you don’t want to take the short odds of the favourite here I quite like this one as an each way alternative. The stable have already had a few three year old winners and this one is related to a few smart ones. Could go well at a price.)
2.00: Surprise Stakes (Class 1) (Group 3) (1m 4f)
Defoe (6/5) (Jockey: A Atzeni – Trainer: R Varian)
(Really looking forward to seeing Defoe back in action again and I think he’s a really solid contender here. I think the run in the Leger was too bad to be true and he comes here with some top drawer course form and I envisage him bouncing back.)
2.35: Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Class 1) (Group 3) (7f)
Gavota (15/8) (Jockey: R L Moore – Trainer: R Charlton)
(Trainer’s only entry in the 1,000 Guineas and the form horse in the contest here. A couple of placed efforts in decent Group contests at Newmarket and I think this one can go very close again here. Ryan Moore takes the ride.)
3.10 – Greatwood Greenham Stakes (Class 1) (Group 3) (7f)
The Greenham is one of the feature contests at the weekend and it’s a Group 3 contest that’s ridden over seven furlong and is seen as a trial for the 2,000 Guineas.
Expert Eye is likely to be a warm order here following his emphatic Goodwood victory and he takes his place at the top of the market at odds on. He did however flop the time after though in the Dewhurst and that does leave him with a few questions to answer which would put me off backing him at odds on.
The one i’m going to take a chance on here is JAMES GARFIELD for George Scott. I’m a massive fan of this horse and i’m pretty sure i’ve backed him every time he’s ran. He won the Mill Reef here last season with Frankie on board and the partnership is reunited again here. He’s a general 11/2 shot and I think he’s a sold each way contender.
JAMES GARFIELD – 11/2 (E/W)
3.45 – Greatwood Spring Cup (Class 2) (1m)
TAQDEER (10/1) (E/W) (Jockey: L Dettori – Trainer: J H M Gosden)
(Made his reappearance at Doncaster off a near two year break the last day and finished a respectable seventh. Likely to be more wound up now and could put in a bold bid. Dettori on board.)
LEADER WRITER (12/1) (E/W) (Jockey: F Berry – Trainer: H Spiller)
(Draw wasn’t in his favour when back in eighth in the Lincoln the last day, still stayed on quite well that day and could get into the frame here.)
HE’S AMAZING (4/1) (Jockey: A Kirby – Trainer: C G Cox)
(Placed in both starts so far which is the best form on offer in this. Could be vulnerable to newcomers but likely to run his race.)
SHAREEF STAR (3/1) (Jockey: R L Moore – Trainer: Sir M Stoute)
(Expensive colt out of Sea The Stars. Got an entry in next months Dante at York and could well make a winning debut here for powerful connections.)
ZZORO (7/1) (E/W) (Jockey: J Crowley – Trainer: Mrs A J Perrett)
(Ran well on reappearance last month at Doncaster and took a Class 3 contest last year at Newmarket off a pound higher. Could well go close here.)
NAP: Defoe – 2.00
NB: He’s Amazing – 4.25