Kevin O'Malley struck with 12/1 winner Time To Study on Saturday and he is on the early hunt for winners with two double figure picks in the Portland Handicap and a strong fancy in the Park Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday…
ARECIBO (1.50 Docaster)
WENTWORTH FALLS (1.50 Doncaster)
We might as well keep on supporting Arecibo for as long as he keeps on running fantastically well. Once again on Saturday, David O’Meara’s 4yo ran a cracker in defeat, this time on soft ground over five furlongs at Haydock. He had no answer to the winner in the closing stages, but is a better horse on faster ground and a Racing Post Rating of 105, backed up by a Topspeed rating of 95, was pretty much a mirror image of his run in 2nd to the excellent Dakota Gold at York the week before.
Arecibo remains capable of winning from his current mark of 100, perhaps a return to six furlongs on slightly faster ground proving a positive set of conditions for the talented handicapper. He is due a bit of luck and I’m willing to stay on side at healthy odds of 14/1 and Daniel Tudhope already jocked up.
Wentworth Falls raced on the near side when all of the action took place in the centre to far side at Thirsk the last day, but Geoffrey Harker’s 7yo grey has generally been in good form all season and he now returns to the scene of some of his better efforts in recent seasons. Back in May, Wentworth Falls ran to an RPR of 101 over the CD when second to Sir Maximilian. He followed that up with a fine second to Soldier’s Minute at York and despite running reasonably well and consistent since then, his handicap mark has fallen a few pounds to 90. If he can return to his May form here and gets a clean run through off a strong pace, I reckon he could run a huge race.
ONE MASTER (2.25 Doncaster)
Not too many upsets happen in the Group 2 Park Stakes down the years and it can pay to side with one of the fancied runners. This year, I rather fancy a change of sex in the winner though, as the William Haggas trained One Master will have a massive chance if she turns up, and it does appear to be an ideal stepping stone toward a Group 1 test or two before the end of her season.
One Master carried our cash in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and ran a super race in 2nd behind Lord Glitters that day. She was only beaten a neck in the Falmouth next time out and just over a length by Advertise at Deauville after that.
Andrew Balding’s Shine So Bright did us a good turn at York when beating Laurens, but he was afforded an A1 ride there and carries a 3lb here. I like the 3yo, I just feel that if 5yo mare One Master runs to her best, he will struggle to give her weight and a beating.
2000 Guineas runner-up King Of Change may well prove to be the chief threat, but he hasn’t been seen since May and rather had the run of the race at Newmarket, so it remains to be seen if he can build on that after having the Summer off for reasons unknown to me.
Arecibo – Portland Handicap (Saturday)
Wentworth Falls – Portland Handicap (Saturday)
One Master - Park Stakes (Saturday)
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