Thursday, July 21, 2011

York Preview

Another easy Group 3 for Famous Name who dispatched Dunboyne Express over 4 lengths for a good Place recommendation. Jan Vermeer was fourth and this horse is a shadow of the one that won the Grand Criterium at 2. He's a classy mile and a half horse and it would help if Ballydoyle changed tactics and stopped letting him on the loose from the start. I tell you, if only MDK could get his hands on this horse...

On Friday, Holy Roman Warrior looks the one to beat in the 19:00 Maiden Stakes at York. He should be suited by the 7 furlong distance after going 6 furlongs in his first 2 races. The intriguing horse in the race looks to be Gulf of Alaska from the Godolphin contingent who makes his debut. His breeding suggests that he needs further, but it would not be surprising if he strikes first time out among this rather average lot. Tudor Empire from the Gosden yard should have Place claims as well. I recommend Holy Roman Warrior as a Place, and if the market moves towards Gulf of Alaska, this Sinndar colt might be worth a Place shot as well.

Place: Holy Roman Warrior

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