Aidan O’Brien has opted for Kingsbarns to land this year’s Racing Post Trophy. The supplemented unbeaten two year old will look to continue O’Brien’s recent domination in the race .
The Irish challenger is quoted as favourite for the Group One race but will face stiff opposition in the form of the gritty Royal Lodge winner Steeler (for Mark Johnston), the impressive Van Der Neer for Hannon and Hughes and Newmarket winner Trading Leather from Jim Bolger’s yard. With the highly touted Mars having been put away until next year, Kingbarns could finish the season as Ballydoyle’s strongest hope of landing a classic in the spring. Currently priced at 16/1 for the 2000 Guineas and as low as 10/1 for the Derby his performance, if impressive, could have a big impact on the ante post betting for the 2013 classics.
At Newbury Noble Mission (Frankel’s brother) looks to continue the family’s success by winning the St Simon Stakes. Three year old’s have a good record in the race and his previous form looks good when you consider his run at York and his earlier season defeat of the St Leger winner Encke.
Two excellent National Hunt cards at Aintree and Chepstow should have jumps fans mouths watering. Crockford believes that the Old Roan Chase at Aintree to be one of the most interesting in years especially with Noble Prince travelling over from Ireland to make the line up. The Silver Trophy at Chepstow has a handful of interesting Phillip Hobbs runners, including a dark horse from his yard Lamb or Cod who could run well at a big price before he goes steeplechasing later in the season.
Crockford will be on course at Chepstow this afternoon. To hear his news and talk from the course follow him on Twitter at Crockford@deadcerts
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Kingsbarns (3.05 Doncaster)
Supplemented for this race on Tuesday, O’Brien had plenty of options for a runner in this prize which in itself speaks volumes. Quoted at around 2/1 this unbeaten dead cert also looks good value. Crockford is certain that O’Brien’s recent domination of this race will continue and that Kingsbarns name will be added to a roll of honour that includes Camelot and St Nicholas Abbey.
Crockford’s Whisper – Blue Surf (3.45 Newbury e/w)
Aimed earlier in the season at the Cambridgeshire this three year old won well at Goodwood in the summer and ran encouragingly in his last race behind Hajras at Newbury. Crockford keeps faith with him again to make the frame.
Archer’s Selection – Taayel (4.10 Doncaster)
The form of Taayel stands off the page having been third in a strong Mill Reef Stakes. Archer would have fought for a ride on this Gosden juvenile in what looks an otherwise weak contest.
Crockford’s gambles around the courses:
Aintree – Empire Levant (1.45), Big Fella Thanks (2.25), Pasco (2.55), Noble Prince (3.30) and Carlito Brigante (4.35)
Doncaster – Crackentorp e/w (2.00), Tax Free e/w (2.30), Kingsbarns (3.05) and Taayel (4.10)
Chepstow – Plein Pouvoir (3.10), Hawkhill (3.40), Lamb or Cod e/w (4.15) and Tataniano (4.50)
Newbury – Noble Mission and Willing Foe e/w (2.45), Victrix Ludorum (3.15) and Blue Surf e/w (3.45)
(Featured photograph – Blue Surf winning at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)