Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Major start

Hooray! The first 3 placings went to the 3 horses mentioned; El Muqbil beat Burj Hatta into second for 2 winning Place recommendations, and longshot Lupa Montana sealed the third spot for an exquisite Place for those who did not mind taking some risk.

On Thursday, Godolphin are in full force in the 20:05 Conditions Stakes race at Doncaster by fielding 3 of the 5 runners. This race should go between the stablemates Secrecy and Invisible Man. The former looks to be the stable's first string, being ridden by Dettori, and makes his seasonal debut. Godolphin runners do very well after a long layoff and I recommend this son of King's Best as an each-way. He should be at the finish.

The British Open starts tomorrow and all eyes will be on Rory McIlroy. The fact that the Irishman hasn't played competitive golf since his win in the US Open has the naysayers thinking he is going in without the best preparation. That might be true. He usually gets out of the gates fast, so the first 2 days will give an indication whether he's genuinely in the running or not. There are too many unknowns going in this tournament for there to be a clear-cut favourite. If McIlroy is on-song and tames the course, he should be in the thereabouts. At the end, it might very well give someone the chance to win a Major. You bet all of them are relishing the opportunity to win a Major one while Tiger remains in convalescence.

Each-way: Secrecy

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