Friday, August 06, 2010

Haydock's Rose Of Lancaster Stakes

If you like your racing with cheerleaders thrown in, then tomorrow's Shergar Cup meeting at Ascot should fit the bill.

Up at Haydock the feature is the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes which is run over an extended ten furlongs. Nine are set to face the starter on ground that is likely to have plenty of cut - the going for tonight's meeting is described as good for the six furlong events but good to soft, soft in places for those races over a mile or more. Three-year-olds have a good record in this with seven winners from the past nine renewals in the last decade. Of the three participants from that age group, slight preference is for Fallen Idol, although Harry Dunlop makes a decent case for his charge Green Moon provided you're prepared to forgive the colt's last effort at Royal Ascot. Bearing in mind the underfoot conditions, of the older horses Les Fazzani and Distant Memories make most appeal. The former made all to win a listed fillies' event over slightly further on her penultimate run but was then beaten just over six lengths into fourth by Barshiba in the Lancashire Oaks on ground that would not have suited. The chance of Tom Tate's Distant Memories is respected and there's little between these two on official ratings but I'll side with the mare - Les Fazzani gets the vote. Likely favourite Rio De La Plata isn't guaranteed to stay the trip - for the record in the last nine runnings the favourite has obliged on four occasions.

In the opener I quite liked Sir Mark Prescott's course and distance winner Comedy Act; in receipt of four pounds, he looks a play against probable favourite Shubaat. Having said that, the stable has had a quiet time of it recently - I'm going to watch from the sidelines.


Wayward Lad said...

I really enjoy reading your blog, and I look forward to more. Hard luck with your selection today. I managed to find the winner in POET who ran the race exactly as I expected. See my blog

GeeDee said...

Wayward Lad - well done with Poet! Late publishing your comment as I've been away of late - apologies.

Enjoy your blog too, in particular the NH comments. I've often thought if you knew your stuff and did the spadework properly this time of year could be profitable as many NH events are not that competitive. Too many other demands on my time... Think it was Nick Mordin who said you have to look at all the resources available to you and time is certainly important.

GeeDee said...

Sent off a 9/2 chance selection Les Fazzani set a strong pace in testing conditions but the game was up three furlongs out as eventual winner Poet (7/1) took up the running to go on and win well from Class Is Class with the rest of the field finishing strung out like a bunch of novice chasers; Les Fazzani finished tired in fifth.