Rory's Racing Preview 08/07/2017
A bit of a disappointing first week last week. We hit the frame a couple of times without securing any winners. However, we charge back in once again this week with a couple of tips. Two very good cards at both Sandown and Haydock to look at.
Barney Roy to stamp his class on the Coral Eclipse
The Coral Eclipse is a fantastic race with three-year-olds going against the older horses and horses either dropping down or stepping up in trip. It provides a fascinating puzzle for punters to try and solve. I am siding with a horse stepping up to ten furlongs for the first time in the shape of Barney Roy. He is a current top priced 3/1 and I think if he stays he could take all the beating.
He has put up some brilliant performances over a mile so far this season including a win at Royal Ascot in the St James’s Palace Stakes. He also finished second in the 2000 Guineas in which he was probably unlucky not to get even closer. Whilst the extra quarter mile is not a guarantee there is certainly hope that he will get it. He has been hitting the line well in his runs over a mile and jockey James Doyle seems hopeful he will stay.
His sire, Excelebration, was a miler but his dam is by Galileo so there is stamina on that side. Whilst it is a slight leap of faith until they show they properly stay I’m willing to take the chance at odds of 3/1.
Main market rival is another is another three-year-old in the form of Cliffs Of Moher at odds of 7/4. Many are claiming they feel he didn’t quite stay in the Derby but I’m not sure I fully buy into that. I feel like he was always up to his work over ten furlongs at Chester and he might not want this drop in trip.
Back to back successes possible for big priced Tawdeea in Old Newton Cup
We now turn to the ultra competitive Old Newton Cup at Haydock. I fancy Tawdeea to gain back to back successes in the race. He is currently a huge price at 25/1. I think this looks brilliant value and I am recommending an each way bet which is paying four places.
He won the race last year off five pounds lower in the handicap but did go on to win off a mark of 102. He now runs off 100 and I always like to see a horse below their last winning mark. His form this season doesn’t immediately draw the eye but I don’t think it is as bad as it looks.
He also comes into this race sporting a first time visor which could spark some improvement and could put him back into the form of last year. If it does then the 25/1 around is massive. It is a very competitive race and there are a whole host of dangers including Brorocco and Big Country who are the ones which appeal more towards the top of the market.
In summary -
- Sandown - 3.35 - Barney Roy
- Haydock - 3.15 - Tawdeea E/W