Friday, June 13, 2008

Low key Saturday

With Royal Ascot around the corner and everybody asking about the weather forecast, tomorrow's racing just doesn't quite cut it. At Sandown Corrybrough looks the one in the Scurry Stakes over the minimum trip although he's likely to start odds-on and doesn't have a particularly good draw. I was intending to keep my powder dry for next week but, for some unfathomable reason, the 4.00 at York has caught my imagination. There are only eight declared but a number look unexposed. In the last ten years, the lowest Racing Post rating of the winner has been 91 - four of the particpants here have a lower figure. The top animal is Doon Hamer and he's priced up at 12/1 this evening which looks a tempting each-way proposition. A couple of months ago Deadly Silence, rated only 70, finished under five lengths third behind subsequent Derby second Tartan Bearer in a Leicester maiden; he's on offer at 5/1. Swinging Sixties is bound to be popular and Military Power is a feasible option. All in all, it's rather a trappy race but Deadly Silence looks to have potential and is worth chancing at 5/1 while Doon Hamer offers each-way value if priced in double figures. Incidentally, the people of Dumfries are known as 'Doonhamers'.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

Corrybrough (4/7f) won the Scurry Stakes impressively as he didn't appear to have the best of breaks and still had plenty of ground to make up two furlongs out.
The York race looked trappy beforehand and so it proved with the sedate pace over the first six furlongs not helping - there followed something of a dash up the home straight. Military Power (7/1) was the right answer. Deadly Silence, never bigger than 100/30 on course, made a move three out but proved deadly disappointing, staying on at the same pace to finish fifth. Doon Haymer (25/1) didn't have the toe to stay with the principals and finished a well-beaten seventh. The market was a feature of this race with money for several of the unfancied runners. Channel 4 reported that Howard Johnson's Apollo Shark opened at 66/1 and was backed in to 12/1 while the Sporting Life report the horse opened at 33/1. Whatever, the market springer raced prominently but then faded to finish last of the eight.