A busy day with 9 two-year-old races considered.
Far too busy at times. However, there is one option when you work in this game: keep up to speed or fall off your perch. The latter isn't an option. And the former makes for a fun and enjoyable life.
Richard Hannon is one of those trainers who can drive you nuts. Perhaps it's just me but he always comes across as being a little bit ''secretive'' on TV. I'm probably doing him a disservice for which I apologise if I offend. Often predicting a winning debutante is about as logical as a mosaic floor. However, with a clunk, clunk, clunk... three melons stop on the win line and an old-fashioned fruit machine spews out cash.
From such a powerhouse of a stable, it isn't surprising they can find the winners' enclosure. I'm sure they have a few bets along the way. Peeping over the shoulder at William Hill bookmakers, I couldn't help notice a nice treble going in.
Today they unleashed a trio of two-year-old talents. No surprise to see that all were detailed on Group Horse Daily.
1:50 Ascot -
Saw Cloak And Spirits win well even after an awkward start. The 3/1 shot looks a fine example of a talented juvenile. Did you notice that she had recently been given a Listed race entry? This bay daughter of Invincible Spirit is sure to be racing at pattern class in the next few weeks. Readers may have noticed Dubai Paradise had been given a Group entry but disappointed today. That wasn't her running and she will show more ability next start.
2:25 Ascot -
I thought this Class 2 race looked a stiff old contest. Not the type of race I would bet myself, preferring weaker races. However, Mum's Tipple was quite well backed and she hung in there (literally) to hold the late charge of a few well-touted two-year-olds from stables we know have plenty of ammunition. She looks a good yearling purchase at £45,000. I would keep a note of a few of these juveniles. Surf Dancer would have gone quite close to winning if not slightly hampered and eased.
6:15 Chepstow -
This looked an open race and Malvern was noted as it held a Class 2 stakes entry. I noticed this British-bred son of Outstrip was as big as 6/1 on Betfair at one point, before being hurriedly backed down to a more realistic 3/1. This chestnut colt cost just £38,000 when purchased at the 2yo Breeze-up sales in April (just 12,00 guineas as a foal). Malvern ran out a tidy winner in this Novice Auction Stakes. I'm pretty confident they came here with a win in mind.
Check out the full result here.
Did I bet on any of these two-year-olds today? No. I am not keen on betting on any horse making its debut unless it is a speculative price. For most larger stables that don't happen, because they don't have winners at huge odds. Interestingly, Hannon is one of those that do.
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