Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tide has turned

Sublime Tuesday with all 3 selections winning. Frankel dazzled yet to greater heights and produced the highest ever Timeform rating for a thoroughbred by destroying the Queen Anne field. Excelebration again was confined as runner-up. In football, England secured a quarter-final berth by beating Ukraine. This time, at last, they were on the right end of a controversial decision with a Ukraine goal that was deemed not to have crossed the line. Blame Blatter, blame Platini, and maybe the tide has now turned for this England team, who's riding an unbelievable luck currently.

Wednesday sees the running of the Prince of Wales at Ascot, a race that So You Think should have won last year had his conditioner not under-cooked him for the event. Provided he did not screw up twice, then the Australasian star should take all the beating in this contest. He looked as good as ever a few weeks ago in the Tattersalls Gold Cup and if he's at his best, he should win this. Carlton House is a very good horse, but I fear the bounce factor in him; he could very well under-perform after a winning seasonal appearance following a long layoff. If there is a horse that can challenge So You Think, it will be Planteur. This horse has also been mocked around by his old conditioner, and tested from 8 to 12 furlongs. Tomorrow's 10 furlongs is his best distance and he has shown glimpse of being back to his good old self this year by coming out 3rd in the Dubai World Cup (beating So You Think at the finish), and against 3rd behind Golden Lilac and Cirrus des Aigles in the Prix D'Ispahan. He will relish any softness in the ground.

My selections are Each-way for So You Think and Place for Planteur.

Each-way: So You Think
Place: Planteur

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