Thursday, November 4, 2010

Breeders Cup mania, and one for Wolverhampton

Anyone not caught up in the Breeders' Cup mania that has been filling the racing pages since the start of this week? Because these are championship races, there's often not much between the horses, and so it becomes even more challenging to pick winners from the bunch. In a few races, you can pick the outstanding horse, but doing so for all races is near-impossible.  Anyway, this is a great spectacle and I think the Europeans have a great crack at it again this year.

On Friday, in the Filly/Mare Turf, I expect a big race from Midday. If she's on-song, she should win this. Henry Cecil is bullish and the ground should suit. The dangers I believe will come from the French filly Plumania who is a very consistent performer in France, and the Japanese globe-trotter Red Desire, who has won in Dubai (beating World Cup winner Gloria de Campeao). I have little doubt Midday will be in the frame in case she does not win it. So it's Midday to Place for Friday. In case some of you are long-shot punters, maybe take a look at Miss Keller, who is a daughter of Montjeu and who's been consistently in the frame from a mile to ten furlongs. The longer distance of Friday's race should suit her to bits, and she might be in the frame. But only if you are looking for long-shots.

Far from the glamour of Churchill Downs, at Wolverhampton, in the last race, Richard Hughes is riding Colour Scheme. I think the Brian Meehan colt will be in the frame, so I advise a Place on him. This race might play a big part in deciding the jockey championship, and you can be sure that Hughes will be up for it.

Place: Midday, Colour Scheme.

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