Tony Elves is one of the best judges in the business and he has four selections for Saturday.
Let’s hope the drinks are on John Gosden after Von Blucher has taken his chance in the Woodford Reserve Handicap at Ascot (3.20) tomorrow. Very much like the slow-maturing Bourbon that is produced by the race sponsors, Von Blucher is very much improving with experience and confirmed the high opinion connections have of him when quickening impressively to beat the well-fancied Silent Attack a length and a quarter in a 0-100 handicap over a mile at Newmarket’s July meeting. The Zoffany colt has been raised 7lb for that performance but was always travelling well and appeared to have a lot more in the locker on that occasion.
Rab Havlin did little wrong on that occasion but Ryan Moore who rode Von Blucher to win his maiden is back in the plate after riding the 2-1 favourite Manson in the Newmarket race and the selection is fancied to confirm the placing with that rival and Perkunas who also finished behind at headquarters.
Von Blucher look the sort that could well develop into a leading Cambridgeshire candidate and, like the Prussian General after whom he is named, is strongly fancied to take command at the business end of the race. He looks worth a 1pt investement at the very least.
Anyone lucky enough to have been in the Ascot stands during the glorious reign of Frankel will, understandably be clamouring for Fair Eva to uphold her sire’s name in the Group 3 Princess Margaret (2.45).
Frankel won five of his 14 races on this stage and his early prowess as a stallion suggests his offspring have inherited many of his qualities. Fair Eva fairly dotted up by four lengths from Nations Alexander on her debut over six furlongs at Haydock in June and trainer Roger Charlton has had this race in mind ever since.
Nations Alexander showed herself to be one of the leading juvenile fillies when beaten only half a length and a head by Roly Poly and Magical Fire in the Cherry Hinton Stakes at the July meeting and, with improvement almost certain, Fair Eva could put her sire in an even better light. She looks worth a 2pt investment with, hopefully, some decent-looking opposition holding up her price.
Harry Bentley had his deserved day in the sun when Limato ran away with the July Cup and he could well be on the ball with Mediciman in the Adnams East Coast Vodka Handicap (4.50) at Newmarket.
The Medicean colt was having his first outing since May when fifth, beaten only two and a quarter lengths, to Fawaareq over course and distance at the July meeting when quietly fancied and, with further improvement to come, could well be poised to strike for the first time. He looks worth a 1pt each way investment in the hope that the field is not reduced in number.
At Newcastle, let’s hope that Jive Talking can put a spring in the step with victory in the Collingwood Insurance Company Maiden Auction Stakes (1.50).
The Zoffany filly made a pleasing debut at Newmarket last week when third, beaten only a length and three quarters, to the well supported Kiruna Peak and trainer Michael Bell has his team in grand form at present.
Jive Talking can only improve for that experience and she can get the day off to a flyer with a 1pt win recommended.