As the sprinters race tomorrow for Gold, Silver and Bronze at Ayr – Hughes will continue with the help of Hannon to race away with the title at Newbury.
The ultra competitive Gold, Silver and Bronze Cups will keep punters busy at Ayr today as they try to calculate how their fancies will cope with the conditions. Crockford believes that a flight to quality is always the best policy in these situations and is certain that value can be had in each of the handicaps. In the Gold Cup The Cheka, Borderlescott and Regal Parade all have attractive each way prices. Richard Fahy’s warning last week that Kaldoun Kingdom had been aimed at this weekend all season is a useful pointer to the possible winner of the Silver Cup. Cheveton’s run at Ffos Las and liking for the course suggests that he has an excellent chance of claiming the Bronze.
A week does not seem to have gone past where Crockford has not warned punters of the likelihood of multiple wins for Hannon and Hughes on a Saturday afternoon. This afternoon at Newbury the magic combination should add to their haul with Pivotal Movement and Master of War. Master of War will look to reverse his Richmond Stakes form with the useful Mark Johnston horse Heavy Metal. The Hannons think a lot of this colt (just like their 100th two year old winner of the season Wentworth today) and believe the Mill Reef Stakes to be well within his grasp.
Racing today could also provide some useful tips for the two big up and coming handicaps at HQ – The Cambridgeshire and The Cesarewitch. Crockford is particularly interested in the runs of Blue Surf (3.10 Newbury) and Oxford Charley (4.30 Newmarket) who could further improve their reputations for The Cambridgeshire next week. In the Cesarewitch Trial (3.55 Newmarket) Mick Channon has an interesting runner in the bottom weight New Youmzain. Crockford is fascinated by the entry of this horse especially given his lack of entry in the big marathon at Newmarket in a few weeks time. This horse could add to a potentially profitable afternoon for Channon with Ctappers and Rated holding good chances at Catterick.
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Blue Surf (3.10 Newbury)
His last run where Blue Surf was unplaced was a distance too far for him, now back to a shorter favoured trip the winners enclosure should beckon connections again. The only threat to this Dead Cert is Hughes on Mister Music. That said Crockford feels certain by the end of races today the 25/1 available for him for The Cambridgeshire will look big.
Crockford’s Whisper – New Youmzain (3.55 Newmarket e/w)
New Youmzain caught Crockford’s eye last time out and is an interesting runner in this race. Crockford is sure that this horse will prove to be excellent each way value given his potentially double figure price.
Archer’s Selection – Opera Gal (4.40 Ayr)
Archer would have noticed her impressive effort last time out in Germany and would have been keen to be up on her today in what looks a weak black type contest.
Crockford’s other gambles around the courses:
Ayr – Cheveton and Parisian Pyramid e/w (1.45), Kaldoun Kingdom e/w and Amadeus Wolftone e/w (2.20), The Cheka e/w, Borderlescott e/w and Regal Parade (3.30), Opera Gal (4.40) and High Office e/w (5.45)
Newbury – Pivotal Movement (1.30), Master of War (2.35), Blue Surf and Mister Music e/w (3.10) and Professor (4.55)
Newmarket – Tamayuz Star (2.45), Surprise Moment (3.20), New Youmzain e/w (3.55) and Oxford Charley (4.30)
Catterick – Ctappers (2.30), Rated e/w (3.00) and New Hampshire (3.40)
Listowel – Drive Time (3.05) and Shinrock Paddy (4.10)
(Featured Photograph – Hawkeyethenoo at Goodwood 2012 by Stuart Rice)
(Photograph – Blue Surf and Trader Jack at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)