Monday, July 11, 2011

Yarmouth preview

Zarabajad broke his maiden by winning by the bob of a head over President Lincoln for a nice winning recommendation. The finish was much closer than anticipated particularly for 2 horses officially rated around 30 pounds apart.

Staying in racing, on Tuesday, Godolphin are running a pair in the first race at Yarmouth. Paladin is the choice of first jockey Dettori after an encouraging debut where he was a staying-on 5th at the same 7-furlong distance at Newmarket 17 days ago. His stablemate Grand Rapids is a newcomer with a good US pedigree being by Bernardini and his dam being related to a Champion sprinter stateside. The Bernardini's have a surprisingly very good strike rate on the turf in England and it would not be a surprise if this one fired on his debut. Godolphin have the knack of sending quite a few of their good juveniles at Yarmouth, the most memorable one being Dubai Millenium who made his explosive debut at the coastal racecourse. At their current odds, both Paladin and Grand Rapids are recommended as Each-way for an overall positive return.

The racing news this week is all about the upcoming showdown between Frankel and Canford Cliffs. I'm still undecided about that one and awaiting how things unfold before the race. Also, the other anticipation is the British Open where all eyes will be on Rory McIlroy to see whether he can confirm his thrashing of the field at the US Open. Enjoy the week!

Each-way: Paladin, Grand Rapids

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