Rory’s Racing Rundown: 09/09/2017
We are blessed with a fantastic days racing on Saturday. We really are spoiled for choice and it would take me till Christmas to go through every race. I have narrowed my attention to two horses, one of which has been in my notebook for a little while. The two races I will focus on are at Ascot and Haydock. See below for the best prices.
Shady McCoy overpriced in ultra-competitive Ascot 2:45
A typical big field handicap over Ascot’s straight seven furlongs is the starting point for Saturday’s action. It looks to be very open as these races normally are but I’m taking Shady McCoy at a best priced 16/1.
He is a horse that has been on my radar since he ran into all sorts of traffic last time out at Goodwood. He was heavily inconvenienced jumping from the stalls and had to settle in last place. This is not the ideal place to be in a 19 runner handicap at a course like Goodwood.
He then also had to weave his way through the runners coming up the home straight before finishing in mid division still appearing to be full of running. With a clear passage, I believed he would have been in the first six.
He also has plenty of good form to his name including a fourth in the Victoria Cup over course and distance off a two-pound higher mark. When considering his jockey takes a further 3lbs off on Saturday he could go very close. He also ran a very solid eight in the International Stakes on King George Day again over course and distance.
He also won off this mark of 87 last year in a big handicap so there is certainly potential for him to win off this mark. At 16/1 I do believe he has very solid each way claims. Also be sure to watch out for any enhanced place offers given by bookmakers in the lead up to the race. It is the kind of race someone will offer five or six places for each way betting and he has a great chance of running into one of those positions.
Three year olds to the fore once again in Haydock 3:35
Despite there being numerous question marks over the quality of the classic generation this year they have recorded some big races successes between them and I am taking Benbatl to continue this on Saturday. Currently trading around the 5/1 mark there can be plenty of optimism for the Godolphin runner.
He has only made six career starts and could appreciate the step back in trip to a mile. Whilst he has looked to be good over further he has not quite been able to cut it at the very highest level. He did however record a win in a Group Three at Royal Ascot over ten furlongs.
He does have some good form over one mile with his third in the Craven Stakes. He finished only a couple lengths behind the highly rated Eminent that day which shows just how good he could be at the trip.
The race is not the strongest he has competed in but does have to contend with the drop back in trip and potential soft ground. The later would be of slight concern but I do feel he could still have enough to record a win on Saturday.
Ascot 2:45 Shady McCoy E/W 16/1
Benabtl win 5/1