Kingston Hill To Conquer St Leger Rivals

Roger Varian’s Derby second Kingston Hill is set to conquer his rivals in the St Leger this afternoon 

Kingston Hill appears to be a class apart from his rivals in the last classic of the 2014 season. A good second to Australia in the Derby and not disgraced in the 2000 Guineas, Varian’s colt has the ability and class to defeat what at first glance does not look the strongest of St Leger fields. Stamina will not be a question for the grey and with some ease in the ground the conditions should not be too against him.

In his way of bagging a Classic are a host of inconsistent types who have failed to impress so far this season. All form lines except for that of Somewhat suggest that Kingston Hill has their beating. However, even Somewhat appears to have been flattered by his Eclipse placing. Somewhat’s trainer Mark Johnston’s other runner Alex My Boy has been highly touted and has place claims. The consistently second Windshear may also be open to improvement at this distance.

Crockford’s St Leger Prediction:

1 KINGSTON HILL

2 ALEX MY BOY

3 WINDSHEAR

Roger Varian’s horse will claim the final Classic at an excellent price for backers of around 7/2

In what is an excellent supporting card for the St Leger Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum has a strong hand that includes the highly thought of Estidhkaar (2.05), impressive York winner Muthmir (2.40) and classy Aljamaaheer (3.15). In the Portland Handicap Muthmir is set to do battle with Intrinsic the Stewards Cup victor. Expect the two leading fancies to fight out the finish.

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – KINGSTON HILL (ST LEGER – DONCASTER 3.50)

The Derby second has been highly tried all season and has the stamina to dominate this last Classic. A winner at the course last autumn in the Racing Post Trophy, he is the only Group One winner in the field who consistently shows his form and class. In what looks a weaker Classic expect the certainty to be crowned.

CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – MUTHMIR E/W (DONCASTER 2.40)

Heavily backed for success in the Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood after an impressive victory at York, the race came to quickly for him and may be could have benefitted from a different draw. Now rested and full of ability expect the five and half furlongs of the Portland Handicap to suit him alongside the drying ground.

ARCHER’S SELECTION – ALJAMAAHEER (DONCASTER 3.15)

Archer would have noticed that this very classy performer has tried his hand with credit at shorter trips this season. Back up to a more favoured trip Archer would have certainly claimed the ride on this main chance.

Crockford’s St Leger Day Gambles:

Doncaster – Estidhkaar (2.05), Mighty Yar (4.25) and Velox e/w (6.05)

Leopardstown – John F Kennedy (4.05), Blue Hussar e/w and Pyromaniac e/w (4.40), Free Eagle (5.15), Rizeena (5.45), Darwin (6.15), Australia (6.50) and Burn The Boats e/w (7.20)

Chester – Little Shambles e/w (2.20), Pinzolo (2.55), Perardua (3.30), Pushkin Museum (4.45) and Chesil Beach (5.20)

Bath – Trader Jack e/w (2.50), Jillnextdoor e/w (3.25) and Imperial War (5.05)

Lingfield – Interception (3.40)

 

(Featured Photograph – Roger Varian at Glorious Goodwood by Stuart Rice)

 

 

Investec Derby 2014: Fallon To Make A True Story

Jockey Kieren Fallon to make a True Story by winning the Investec Derby 2014 on Godolphin’s Feilden Stakes winner

The 49 year-old jockey is bullish about the Derby chances of his highly touted Feilden Stakes winner True Story. The Godolphin colt was a hot favourite for the Dante and looked as if he had disappointed when only finishing third. However, the form had taken a mighty franking when The Grey Gatsby destroyed a quality field in the Prix Du Jockey Club last weekend.

The whispers have been strong around Newmarket about the chances of the True Story since the beginning of the season and could almost rival those that have surrounded the Derby favourite Australia. The Ballydoyle fancy is bred to win the race being by Galileo out of the Oaks winner Ouija Board. Held in such high regard by the stable, Australia was third at Newmarket in 2000 Guineas which looked to be the perfect trial. There is no doubt he  has the speed but the potentially softer conditions could take the edge of him.

Taghrooda was the runaway winner of the Oaks yesterday for trainer John Gosden, who must fancy his chances of a good run from his unbeaten and clearly talented colt Western Hymn today. There looks to be more to come from this horse if he handles the supreme test that is the Investec Derby.

Crockford considers each of the sixteen declared runners in the Investec Derby 2014:

Arod – Second in the Dante behind the subsequent French Derby winner The Grey Gatsby, he has improved with each run and has on that reckoning a lively each way chance at double figure odds.

Australia – The talking horse of Ireland. Bred to be the winner of the Derby, the Ballydoyle colt certainly has Classic potential and would have won the 2000 Guineas in lesser years. If the ground stays with him and has luck in running he could be very hard to beat. Third winner for Aidan O’Brien in a row?

Ebanoran – Winner of a competitive Derrinstown before being disqualified. Has good form and clearly beat the Ballydoyle well supported second string Geoffrey Chaucer. There just may be a handful of horses better than him today.

Fascinating Rock – Placed first in front of Ebanoran in the Derrinstown and clearly progressive. Uncertain that he has the ability to win a Derby though.

Geoffrey Chaucer – Will have to improve substantially from his last run to figure in this, but he did not have luck in running and was eased down close home when finishing behind Ebanoran and Fascinating Rock.

Impulsive Moment – Second behind Western Hymn at Sandown and looks outclassed by this field.

Kingfisher – A winner at Chester last month, this colt looks to be the outsider amongst the Ballydoyle horses.

Kingston Hill – Unbeaten last season and eighth on his return this year in an excellent 2000 Guineas. This grey will relish any cut in the ground and looks a Derby type. Strong place claims.

Orchestra – Good Chester Vase winner and could have beaten Romsdal more easily last time out if he wanted to. Jockey booking suggests that he is down the Ballydoyle pecking order though.

Our Channel – A winner over the course in April in the recognised trial for the Derby. The trial may not have been strong but he deserves more respect than the bookies odds.

Pinzolo – Battling winner who ran on nicely at Newmarket last time out. Probably short of the class of the main contenders as form lines would confirm from last season.

Red Galileo –  Prospects of victory look forlorn unless his performances have been overshadowed by early season poor form.

Romsdal – May have been flattered by the close second to Orchestra at Chester. Better chances for Gosden of an Epsom Classic Double with his other runner.

Sudden Wonder – Good win in the sales race at Newmarket at the Craven Meeting followed up by a third at Lingfield which exposed the limits of his ability.

True Story –  Before the Craven Meeting all the talk in Newmarket was about how good this horse was, he then duly delivered in the Feilden Stakes. The Dante looks a strong renewal and with Fallon on board he looks the likely horse if any to upset the hopes of those around Australia.

Western Hymn – Progressed nicely and has done nothing wrong. The style of his last victory suggests that there is more to come. Strong each way claims.

CROCKFORD’S INVESTEC DERBY 2014 PREDICTION:

1 TRUE STORY

2 AUSTRALIA

3 WESTERN HYMN

Fallon will be celebrating another Derby victory at the age of 49, making it a True Story to go down in the annuals of the great race.

 

(Featured Photograph – True Story at Newmarket by Stuart Rice)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investec Oaks 2014: Gosden’s Taghrooda To Fulfil Potential

John Gosden’s Pretty Polly winner Taghrooda to fulfil her potential in a competitive Investec Oaks 

Trainer John Gosden’s runaway winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket looks certain to relish the extra distance of the Investec Oaks. With such a big reputation before her win last month punters could not be anything but impressed by the way she pulled away from her rivals on the Rowley Mile.

The undulations of the Epsom Downs and the large field with provide  her with a different and tougher test, but Gosden’s filly should up to the challenge. In her way of victory is the unbeaten Madame Chiang and the classy 1000 Guineas third Ihtimal.  Madame Chiang will be partnered by the talented Buick and Ihtimal by Fallon.

Dermot Weld has a real contender in Tarfasha too, who started her winning ways at her trainer’s favoured Galway Festival last summer. However, punters can’t be certain that she has the class to take this prize. Her trainer believes her to have decent each way chances.

The Irish Guineas winner Marvellous is Ballydoyle’s strongest chance but may not have the ability at this distance to defeat her fellow favourite Taghrooda.

 

Crockford’s Investec Oaks Prediction:

1 TAGHROODA

2 MADAME CHIANG

3 IHTIMAL

Epsom –  Just The Judge (1.35), Aussie Reigns e/w (2.10), Gregorian (2.45), Dance And Dance e/w (3.20), Coulsty (4.45) and Art Official e/w (5.20)

 

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O’Brien Hopes For Success In French Guineas

Trainer Aidan O’Brien will hope for success with Wonderfully and Giovanni Boldini in the French 1000 and 2000 Guineas later this afternoon

After disappointment at Newmarket in the 1000 and 2000 Guineas O’Brien will hope to get things back on track with his classic hopefuls Wonderfully and Giovanni Boldini.

Wonderfully will make her seasonal debut in the Poule D’ Essai Des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) at Longchamp. After what was a mixed season for her in 2013 she will start as 33/1 outsider. With Ryan Moore booked connections will hope for her to regain some of her early promise shown in Ireland.

The globe-trotting Giovanni Boldini appears to hold much stronger claims in the Poule D’Essai Des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) after finishing a respectable fourth in the UAE Derby back in March. The 9/1 shot will have to get the better of the highly regarded favourite Krakanotie and a host of interesting British runners that include the unbeaten Gosden colt Muwaary.

It looks like the Ballydoyle stable may have to wait a little longer before for their first classic success this season.

 

(Featured Photograph – Aidan O’Brien at Glorious Goodwood by Stuart Rice)

 

1000 Guineas 2014: Rizeena & Brittain To Dance To Victory

Veteran trainer Clive Brittain and his classy filly Rizeena are set to dance to victory in 1000 Guineas 2014

Clive Brittain knows what it takes to win the 1000 Guineas having won it with Pebbles and Sayyedati. This year the trainer believes he has another super filly that will dance to victory and set him off boogieing in the winners enclosure. The 1000 Guineas leading fancy held entries in both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas with the trainer opting for an engagement against her female rivals. Talk on the gallops is that she will add another Guineas to the trainers haul.

In Rizeena’s way is the useful Lucky Kristale whose trainer also shows a similar faith in his filly. The Margarson filly beat Rizeena at the July course last year but those placings should be reversed today.

Sandiva won the recognised Guineas trial (the Nell Gwyn) and seems to have been overlooked in the markets. The filly did nothing wrong last season and has excellent each way claims especially with Dettori booked. The O’Brien pair Tapestry and Bracelet are both strong fancies for the Oaks but do not look to be the best he has sent across.

Later in the afternoon punters will look for more Oaks clues in the running of the Pretty Polly Stakes (5.00), where Gosden’s highly regarded Taghrooda is to stake her claims.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Rizeena (1000 Guineas – Newmarket 3.50)

Brittain predicted that both Pebbles and Sayyedati would win their Guineas and now he has claimed that Rizeena will. Such knowledgeable confidence from the veteran trainer must not be overlook. Rizeena has the ability to lead her class and even mix it with her male peers. Expect the dancing shoes to be seen in the Winners Enclosure.

Crockford’s Whisper – Ninjago e/w (Newmarket 3.10)

With the Hannon team in such good form it would be stupid to overlook the prospects of another good run from one of their string. Ninjago showed that he goes well fresh when taking a listed contest at Ascot this time last year.

Archer’s Selection – Taghrooda (Newmarket 5.00)

Archer would not have missed the ride on this leading Oaks fancy. The talk of her ability would have made it certain that he would be up to ride.

Crockford’s Gambles on 1000 Guineas Day 2014:

Newmarket – Van Percy e/w (2.05), Esoterique (2.40), Ninjago e/w (3.10), Rizeena and  Sandiva e/w (1000 Guineas 3.50), Taghrooda (5.00) and Snow Trouble (5.35)

 

(Featured Photograph – Dettori points to way to the Guineas by Stuart Rice)

Crockford Considers 2000 Guineas 2014

Crockford considers each of the runners in a cracking renewal of the 20oo Guineas

In what appears to be one of the highest quality renewals of the first classic of the season, Crockford considers the reputations and chances of each of the fourteen runners.

Australia

So highly regarded by the team at Ballydoyle Australia will have his seasonal reappearance this afternoon in the 2000 Guineas. The colt progressed well as a two-year-old ending his season with a facile victory against the very highly thought of Free Eagle.  Claims surround the horse that he is the best that O’Brien has ever trained.

Bookrunner

Just a quarter of a length behind the fellow French raider Charm Spirit when they met last time out in the Prix Djebel. That form looks short of what will be needed to win this quality renewal.

Charm Spirit

Third behind Noozhoh Canarias in Grand Criterium at Longchamp last October before winning on his seasonal debut when beating Bookrunner. Will be outclassed in this stella field.

Ertijaal

Game winner twice on the all weather including in the Juvenile Championship at Lingfield on Good Friday. Highly regarded by connections and may have each way claims but probably not in this league.

Kingman

Truly brilliant at Newbury in the Greenham and has the stamp of racing royalty about him. Rumoured to be the best that Gosden has trained and a worthy favourite for this 2000 Guineas. Everything points to him being the winner.

Kingston Hill

Unbeaten and impressive when taking the Racing Post Trophy in style last autumn.  As a Group One winner he has to be respected but the quick conditions may go slightly against him this afternoon in a speedy field. Derby prospects look to be strong and a first four finish would be welcomed by connections.

Master Of The World

Beaten out of sight by True Story at Newmarket last month. A winner last autumn but no chance here.

Night Of Thunder

Winner at Goodwood and Doncaster last season and second to Kingman at Newbury. Potential for each way claims if reproducing his best form.

Noozhoh Canarias

Spanish raider  comes to the UK with a big reputation. Finished second at Longchamp at the end of the autumn and won a low grade contest last time. Probably not good enough to figure in the finish.

Outstrip

A Breeders Cup winner and second to Toormore at Glorious Goodwood. Outstrip has some fine form in the book and could provide a surprise at long odds.

Shifting Power

Undefeated in three starts including a battling win in the European Free Handicap at the Craven Meeting. Connections are not sure how good he is but he has done nothing wrong so far in his career. Strong each way claims at big prices.

The Grey Gatsby

Gave Toormore something to think about in the Craven Stakes when finishing second. However, he was well down the field against some of these rivals last season at Doncaster.

Toormore

Winner of the Craven and at Glorious Goodwood last year. Crowned the champion two-year-old when winning at the Curragh in the National Stakes. Not visually impressive last time and is yet to be truly tested. Not certain he has the ability to compete with Australia or Kingman.

War Command

So eye-catching when taking the Coventry in style. Has come in for a lot of support over this week. Second string to Australia but should not be underestimated. Each way claims.

Crockford’s 2000 Guineas 2014 prediction:

1 Kingman

2 Australia

3 Shifting Power

Kingman to confirm that he is true equine royalty when he takes the first Classic of the 2014 season and confirms his reputation as a great

 

(Featured Photograph – Shifting Power at Newmarket by Stuart Rice)

 

2000 Guineas 2014: Kingman To Reign In 2000 Guineas

Trainer John Gosden’s unbeaten Kingman to reign in a classic renewal of the 2000 Guineas

Kingman will be favourite to win what looks a quality renewal of the first classic of the 2014 season. The unbeaten colt impressed so many when winning at Newbury last month and shot to the head of the betting markets. Gosden has suggested he is the best that he has trained and the evidence on course appears to support that confidence.

Aidan O’Brien has similar faith in his Australia who will make his seasonal debut in the Guineas. The Ballydoyle colt progressed well last season and was eye-catching in his defeat of the well thought of Free Eagle.

Richard Hannon Jnr hopes to claim his first classic with the Champion two-year-old Toormore. Toormore having taken the recognised trial (the Craven Stakes) a fortnight ago will be joined in the race by stablemates Night Of Thunder and Shifting Power. Shifting Power is also undefeated and appears to have been overlooked by punters with outstanding each way odds of 66/1 available with BetVictor.

The last day of the Punchestown Festival 2014 will see the super mare Annie Power look to finish the season on top with a win in the Mares Champion Hurdle (3.45), where her only real opposition will be the useful Scottish Champion Hurdle winner Cockney Sparrow.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Kingman (2000 Guineas – Newmarket 3.50)

So very impressive when winning a quality Greenham Stakes at Newbury last month. The Gosden colt showed such a turn of foot that even parallels have been made with the mighty Frankel. Unbeaten and most highly regarded expect this colt to write his name in the annuals of history this afternoon.

Crockford’s Whisper – Wrong Turn e/w (Punchestown 4.55)

Ran too bad to be true at the Cheltenham Festival where high things were expected. Tony Martin believes his horse s now back on song and looks set to make a bold show in this valuable handicap.

Archer’s Selection – Trading Leather (Newmarket 3.10)

Archer would have recognised the classic quality of this four-year-old. He would be impressed with his last season form and new connections. Archer would certainly have seen this horse as the main chance.

Crockford’s Gambles on 2000 Guineas Day 2014:

Newmarket –  Trumpet Major e/w (2.05), Pearl Secret (2.40),Trading Leather (3.10), Kingman and Shifting Power e/w (2000 Guineas 3.50) and Cloudscape (5.00)

Punchestown – Star Neuville (2.30), Hunting Party e/w (3.05), Annie Power (3.45), Guitar Pete (4.20),Wrong Turn e/w (4.55),  Regal Encore and Un Temps Pour Tout (5.30) and Attribution (6.05)

Goodwood – Bonanza Creek (2.20), Magic City (2.55) and Maureen (4.05)

Uttoxeter – Nathans Pride (1.35), Makari (2.10) and Courtesy Call (3.55)

Thirsk – Norse Blues e/w (3.40) and Tax Free e/w (5.20)

 

(Featured Photograph –  2014 European Free Handicap by Stuart Rice)

 

Craven Meeting: Be Ready For A Craven Stakes Upset

Punters should Be Ready for a Craven Stakes upset when the unbeaten Toormore clashes with Godolphin’s Be Ready

The unbeaten Richard Hannon three-year-old Toormore is odds on favourite to win the Craven Stakes before having a crack at the Guineas. The impressive Glorious Goodwood winner is currently quoted at as low as 7/1 for the 2000 Guineas and is many punters idea of a real rival to Australia and Kingman in the first colts Classic. That confidence in success may well be overlooking Be Ready who has the profile to cause an upset in the 2000 Guineas trial.  The Godolphin colt was impressive at Doncaster in his listed victory and can certainly progress from that.

Aljamaaheer and Just The Judge will add further class to the day in their respective races and should start the 2014 season with two easy victories.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Just The Judge (Newmarket 4.40)

Just The Judge is a cut above the rest in the Earl Of Sefton and is certain to stamp her class on this field. Second last year in the 1000 Guineas this flying machine will have no trouble in putting her rivals in their place. The filly can be forgiven her two last runs.

Crockford’s Whisper – Time For Rupert e/w (Cheltenham 3.50)

It is Time For Rupert to come good at Cheltenham. This once Gold Cup fancy has shown glimmers of his old form of late and should make a bold show in this weaker field. Expect at least a place at good odds.

Archer’s Selection – Aljamaaheer (Newmarket 3.30)

Archer would have realised that this classy miler has the speed to adapt to the shorter trip. He would have certainly be up for this certain win.

Crockford’s Craven Meeting Gambles on Day Two:

Newmarket – Spirit Of Xian (1.45), Fine Tune (2.20), Johann Strauss (2.55), Aljamaaheer (3.30), Be Ready (Craven 4.05) and Just The Judge (4.40)

Cheltenham – As I Am (2.05), L’Unique (3.15), Time For Rupert e/w (3.50) and Lamb Or Cod (5.00)

 

(Featured Photograph – Rowley Mile at Newmarket by Stuart Rice)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craven Meeting: Guineas Clues in Nell Gwyn

On the first day of the Craven Meeting there will be plenty of Guineas and Classics clues in the Nell Gwyn, European Free Handicap and Feilden Stakes

As the season starts at HQ, trainers and connections dreams may be lost or fulfilled when their charges take the stage in this weeks’s Classic trials.

Today sees the turn of the fillies in the Nell Gwyn. The winner of the recognised 1000 Guineas trial tends to start favourite for the big race in a fortnight, so punters are certain to see one of the leading contenders price shorten for fillies Classic later today. Sandiva is currently 20/1 for the 1000 Guineas and has the form last season to suggest she has Classic potential.

The unbeaten Folk Melody for Godolphin and Dorothy B for the in form Gosden are both quoted at 33/1 for the Guineas with another of today’s runners  Along Again at 40/1.

In the European Free Handicap, the impressive Hannon colt Shifting Power takes on a good field that includes the highly regarded Parbold. If Shifting Power can continue his winning ways he is certain to come in from his current price of 20/1 for the 2000 Guineas. However, if the whispers are right Parbold will be victorious and will shorten from 33/1.

The strongest whisper surrounds the ability of True Story who takes his chances in the Feilden, where he is set to show his Classic quality. The Godophin horse is currently 33/1 for the 2000 Guineas and 40/1 for the Derby but will have to defeat the well regarded Somewhat and Ger Lyons’ Obliterator to win today.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – True Story (Newmarket 4.40)

The talk of the gallops is that this horse has Classic potential and such whispers should not be underestimated. A winner last season as a two-year-old he should have the measure of today’s rivals.

Crockford’s Whisper – Ventura Mist e/w (Newmarket 5.40)

Some very credible efforts last season including winning the Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar and the Hilary Needler at Beverley. Given the double price on offer it is certainly worth an each-way investment.

Archer’s Selection – Sandiva (Nell Gwyn – Newmarket 4.05)

The shrewd Archer would have not missed how highly regarded this filly is and her form of last season. In the Nell Gwyn he would have trusted upon the ability she showed last year.

Crockford’s Craven Meeting Gambles on Nell Gwyn Day:

Newmarket – Provident Spirit (1.45), Portamento (2.20), Wedding Ring (2.55), Parbold (3.30), Sandiva (Nell Gwyn 4.05), True Story (4.40), Munjaz (5.10) and Ventura Mist e/w (5.40)

Cheltenham – Oscars Den e/w (2.05), The Romford Pele e/w (3.15) Carrick Boy e/w (3.50), Be Bop Boru e/w (4.25) and Pantxoa (4.55)

 

 

(Featured Photograph – The Rowley Mile at Newmarket by Stuart Rice)

 

 

 

 

 

Coral Scottish Grand National: Tidal Bay To Sail Past Rivals

Paul Nicholls’ Tidal Bay will sail past his rivals in an excellent renewal of the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr this afternoon

Brought down at the Canal Turn last Saturday at Aintree, Paul Nicholls’ thirteen-year-old will look to make good for that disappointment by taking the Coral Scottish National. The veteran stayer won’t have everything his own way with a group of progressive novices being attracted to the race.

Tidal Bay’s strongest dangers are likely to be the useful Hadrian’s Approach, consistent Green Flag and former point-to-pointer Mendip Express. The Pertemps Network Final fourth Trustan Times cannot be discounted either. The 2013 winner Godsmejudge has not been in top form this season but is fancied by connections to bounce back today.

Trainer King looks set to have a good day at Ayr with his runners Valdez, Manyriverstocross, Vendor and Miles To Memphis, whilst Lady Cecil could have a hat-trick of winners at Newbury and Thirsk with Retirement Plan, Frankel’s relations Noble Mission and Joyeuse.

Kingman will look to take the Frankel path to the 2000 Guineas in the Greenham at Newbury. In the past renewal in years the unbeaten Gosden colt will have to see of some highly regarded sorts including Paul Cole’s impressive Royal Ascot winner Berkshire and the Gimcrack victor Astaire. Frankel’s sister Joyeuse has very strong claims in the fillies trial – the Fred Darling.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Tidal Bay (Coral Scottish Grand National – Ayr 3.50)

Running his normal waiting race at Aintree he was unlucky to be brought down at the Canal Turn.  Having not exerted himself last weekend Tidal Bay should be just right for a bold show in this.  Connections are confident and so should punters be too.

Crockford’s Whisper – Berkshire e/w (Newbury 2.55)

The whisper from the yard is that they are very pleased with him and Berkshire has done well over the winter. This impressive Chesham winner did not have the race to suit him at Newmarket when he wasn’t as eye-catching in the Royal Lodge. Expect better from him today.

Archer’s Selection – Joyeuse (Newbury 2.20)

Archer certainly would have petitioned to ride this well-related filly. He would have known that she has the ability to win the Fred Darling before aiming at the 1000 Guineas.

Crockford’s Gambles on Coral Scottish Grand National Day:

Ayr – Valdez (2.05), My Tent Or Yours (2.40), Manyriverstocross (3.15), Tidal Bay, Hadrian’s Approach e/w and Trustan Times e/w (Coral Scottish Grand National 3.50), Vendor (4.25) and Miles To Memphis (5.35)

Newbury – Villainous (1.20), Noble Mission (1.50), Joyeuse (2.20), Berkshire e/w (2.55),  Brownsea Brink e/w and Bronze Angel e/w (3.30) and Eagle Top (4.05)

Thirsk – Englishman (3.25), Baccarat (4.00) and Retirement Plan (4.35)

Bangor-on-Dee – Sausalito Sunrise (1.55), Bear Trap (2.30), Right To Rule (3.05) and Ski Sunday (5.55)

Navan – Regal Power e/w (2.00), Carlo Bugatti (3.35) and John Constable (4.10)

 

(Featured Photograph – Paul Nicholls by Stuart Rice)