Tony Elves has three strong bets from Saturday's action.
It seems that the rain has been with us forever and the old saying "Make hay while the sun shines" seems totally inappropriate and inapplicable in view of the present weather conditions. However, one trainer who is a man for all seasons and appears to have his finger on the pulse whatever the outlook is the brilliant David Simcock who sends Carnachy to Haydock (2.15) for the Group 2 bet365 Lancashire Oaks.
At time of writing, Simcock had sent out six winners from only 16 runners in the past eight days and his team are clearly fighting fit which is going to be a prerequisite in ground at this venue that is going be testing to say the least.
Carnachy appears to be improving with experience and as a daughter of Mastercraftsman could well fit the bill in this elevated company where there must be fitness question marks first time out over the talented Endless Time.
Carnachy was very much the lesser-fancied of Simcock’s two runners on her reappearance at Goodwood in April but showed just how much she had progress when making all for a length and a half victory from Bateel and then just couldn’t quite mix taking on the colt’s in a the Group 3 Aston Stakes at Newbury the following month.
Bateel was one of those to confirm the form of the Newmarket trainer when scooting up in the Listed Fred Archer Stakes at Newmarket last Saturday and Carnachy could well relish this sharp course where her front-running tactics could pay dividends under the masterful Jamie Spencer. She looks worth a 1pt investment.
Martyn Meade is not one to underestimate the ability of his team as he showed to good effect when Irish Rookie finished runner-up in the French 1000 Guineas last year. It is too early in her career to say whether Wilamina will reach similarly elevated heights but she looks worth investing a shilling or two on in the Listed Coral Distaff at Sandown (3.10).
The daughter of Zoffany shaped like a surefire winner when finishing runner-up, beaten a length and a half, to the well-touted Manaboo on her debut at Goodwood (1m) in June and confirmed that impression when hacking up by three and a half lengths from Laugh Aloud in good to soft ground at Newmarket (1m) later in the month. The opposition today looks fairly well exposed and she could well make the step up in class after pleasing in her work since. With the July meeting just around the corner we will play it safe and recommend a 1pt investment.
The Coral-Eclipse Stakes (3.45) has only attracted seven runners, with two of those pacemakers and it could well be at the mercy of The Gurkha. He may looks a little short at 10-11 but, with the major investors already on, he could drift to a more backable price come post time. The easy winner of the French 2000 Guineas looked like he would relish the step up to a mile and a quarter when beaten only a length and a quarter by Galileo Gold in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, and he can backed with confidence.