Morning everyone, and I hope you had Enrilo and Artistic Rifles yesterday, at the least. They were two horses that came very high on rankscore when you sort the Top Third Quick View page, which I hope you found useful yesterday.
If you do the same today, Santiago is a short-priced but very well-ranked opportunity in the 4:20 at Navan. 6/4 right now and a rankscore of 8.5 (the max possible is 9, by the way – I may find a way of adding a tenth so that it feels like a score out of ten, who knows). That implies he’s topping the ratings in everything bar one respect (as it turns out, the stallion rating). He was an OK-ish three-year-old was Santiago – some good results and respectable placings – so let’s see how he turns out as a four-year-old. The transition from three to four is easier than two to three, and he benefits from Sir Ryan of Moore, who as I keep saying, knows how to pick a winning horse.
In the 2:00 at Salisbury, Angel Bleu as run once and came third (at Leicester), and today he’s worth another look on his 2nd race especially as he gets Hector Crouch in the saddle whose jockey rating exceeds 5. That implies he’s bang in form, and he is with a 5 from 13 strike rate at the moment, and jockey/trainer are enjoying a 45% win rate over the last two years. Well, hello, then. Of the debutants, none stand out on stallion / jockey / trainer combinations, but would all benefit from a look in the paddock. Obviously if there’s one built like a brick shithouse, check it out.
The 3:40 at Wetherby is the type of race you should run a mile from, unless you like to have a little punt on some each-way action. Chookie Dunedin is only raised 3lb for continuing his great form from AW to turf, and comes here bang in form at 6/1. Club Wexford is dropped in mark to a point at which he may be more effective, and is 28/1, while Saisons D’Or is actually quite well-rated all round, but may be on too high a turf mark considering his last runs on the grassy stuff. Sticky race, but opportunities for this lot.
Franklet is one unraced three-year-old racing in the 2:10 at Wetherby who hides his breeding really well. He’s out of this horse you may have heard of called Frankel, not that you’d know from his name. Anyway, Frankel’s progeny have around a 50% place rate on debut, and he’s 12/1 and races for John and Thady Gosden as he’s now known.
Over to you now…