Hello Racing fans and welcome back! I have 4 selections for you to get stuck into for Saturday's racing. Just to mention firstly that there is now a weekly recap show where I will review all of my selections from the previous week so head over to my YouTube channel to check that out.
Here are the selections for Saturday's racing - I advise backing these in a win Lucky15 and also having a single on my NAP selection. Thank you for all of your support so far, and don't forget to check out my socials @gingerjoeracing on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube & Facebook for daily updates!
J: Pat Dobbs / T: Simon & Ed Crisford
FINEST SIOUND had progressed with each run he has had up until last time where he was bitterly disappointing in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last time. He finished well back and made no impression at all that day however there may have been some excuses. It was a 30 runner handicap and he had not been adverse to that prior to the day and he got very warm before going into the stalls. He also took a real keen hold throughout the race and just wasn't himself.
It is fair to assume that was a one off and that back in calmer waters he should be able to resume his progression. Prior to his Royal Ascot run he was really good to win at Haydock and I think this is a real good chance for him to resume his progression. The race should be run to suit and with my favourite Jockey Pat Dobbs on board I'm going to get stuck into this one. 9/2 looks really good value on what credentials he has put on the table up to this point.
J: Paul Hanagan / T: Richard Fahey
VINTAGE CLARETS is the one that I think will win the Super Sprint and think he is a real force to be reckoned with. He is likely to go off second favourite to popular market leader CHIPOTLE after he won at Royal Ascot last month but I think the market is the wrong way round. Yes CHIPOTLE has the beating of VINTAGE CLARETS on debut but following that my selection went on to win his next two races very stylishly and the clock times were rapid on both occasions!
He was well backed in the Coventry at Royal Ascot last month supported from 66’s all the way into 25’s and finished under 2 lengths behind winner Berkshire Shadow and we know how good that form is. I think that form is better than CHIPOTLE’S win and think VINTAGE CLARETS will get his head down in front. He comes from the Richard Fahey stable who won this 3 times (2013,2015 & 2017) and they certainly know what it takes to win this. The drop back to 5 furlongs will be no problem as he shows plenty of pace and I think he will take a lot of beating in this contest. He's a seriously good horse not to be taken lightly. RAGING has a good each way chance at 33/1 finally getting conditions to suit. He could outrun his odds!
J: Stefano Cherchi / T: Saeed bin Suroor
BRILLIANT LIGHT is an interesting one and im having to take a slight chance on him coming back to form. He was really well regarded as a 3y-o and beat some really good types. He then went a little under the radar and went over to Meydan for the first half of this year. His form last year was really good but hasn’t shown much this year abroad and came back with a disappointing effort also.
He clearly has a big engine as he has shown us before but again backed this up with a disappointing effort last time but had excuses that day. The vet stated that the horse had lost two fore shoes which wouldn't have helped his chances. Now all of this sounds negative so far but he is better than that and drops back into a smaller field at a lower level and this could be the making of him coming back to form. The smaller field will suit and allow him to settle into the race nicer and should be a very different horse this time round.
If he is to recapture his old form of last year he could be a tough nut to crack. He has top weight suggesting he is the best horse and with Stefano Cherchi taking off 5lbs he could be well in here. Taking a chance he's coming back to form but this race suggests that there's every chance in him doing so and I am happy with putting him up this weekend with no excuses for a poor run. Could surprise a few.
J: Jack Quinlan / T: Amy Murphy
MERCIAN PRINCE comes here at the grand age of 10 but still looks to have plenty of ability and plenty more racing in him. He is 16/1 for this and I think that is way too big. He is in fine form this year and potentially better form than he has ever been. Hasn't run over quite this far since early on in his career but does have a win over 2m4f not too long ago and Jack Quinlan certainly gets on with this boy. Jack has won on him 6 times so knows how to get the job done on him and I think he is to run a big race here.
I don't see this extra furlong being any sort of burden to him, in fact I actually think he will benefit from it. It should enable him to get into a good rhythm up front and he tends to jump really well. He’s had a really good year so far, he finished runner up here on his first reappearance since having wind surgery and backed it up with a good win at Worcester next time out. GThe fact connections decided to give him wind surgery so late on in his career indicates that he shows some good form at home and this has been backed up by his two runs since recovering.
He could have gone under the radar here and if Jack decides to go off in front with him they could steal this. It would be a positive in this tactical handicap as it would give him the opportunity to have a trouble free round and if his jumping stacks up like it usually does then he could be in with a big shout. I think he's gone overpriced here and has more to offer. Big shout on what he's done and what could still be.
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