Emotionless and Charlie Appleby take on Air Force Blue in the Dewhurst.
A couple for each of the big handicaps at York and Newmarket today but first mention must go to Emotionless. I’m such a fan of this horse and hope he wins. Charlie Appleby and his team have long thought he’s the best they’ve been involved with and consider him another level to the likes of Breeders’ Cup winner Outstrip, certainly much more of a potential 3 year old. We’ve probably already seen that given the way he demolished the field at Doncaster and hopefully Ibn Malik franks that form in the Autumn Stakes. As far as the Cesarewitch goes, Sir Mark Prescott has a poor record given how well backed his runners often are but William Of Orange must have a great chance and I’ve nibbled. So too on the lofty price about Le Maitre Chat on debut for Ian Williams. Main fancies hail from the Irish jumps yards though and Bayan is right at the top of the list. 4lb higher than his last win on the level, he’s rated 150 plus over jumps and 84 underestimates him here, as does his price. His draw is ok and I fancy he’ll go very well. The other worth support with Spencer booked is Renneti for Mullins and Ricci. He was well backed for his return to the flat last time but never went a yard. That’s not him and Ruby Walsh has spoken of how much ability the horse has. 90 could well underestimate that potential and, for all he’s a monkey, his price looks worth taking.
Eccleston is the main fancy at the prices for the York sprint. He had to wait for room at Ayr on ground that was lively enough but ran on well. He’ll have to go some to reverse form with George Bowen but this surface will help. Put a line through Ripon when badly drawn and I’m surprised he’s 16/1 or thereabouts. Suzi’s Connoisseur is the other on the list back up in trip. It may not be far enough but easier ground than last time will help. The pace comes out of 20 and 13 and, in truth, both may want a little more on than looks likely but they're well drawn to track what there is.