Thursday's action was as dire as anticipated. Even Jessie Harrington is going to have her work cut out to get a race out of Johnny's Legacy, after a 'reluctant' performance. A return to Dundalk looks the only hope. unusually nina Carberry gave her mount far too much to do, Bose Ikard, and the horse flattened out when belatedly sent up to challenge a furlong out. I said it was a day I nearly passed altogether, rather wish I had!
Thankfully we have some sensational racing imminent. Thursday was one of those days, and happy to move on!


A special day's racing with the start of the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita..

I highlighted MY VERSE (Jebel Ali 11.35 am) in the previous entry, and though I might not be permitted to enter the horse in the Naps, it would be one of my best bets of the day. Has three times won after an absence, two of them here, and at the start of their season, with everything else in this race returning from an absence, this looks a good opportunity off a still workable mark.

Another very nice bet is RAYDARI (9.00 Dundalk). It's amazing how modest horses get onto this surface and are transformed. Last year I can think of a few that went from ratings in the 50s to the high eighties, and this Desert Style gelding looks on its way to a higher rating after struggling from lower marks on turf. Up another 8lbs for the double to 66, but the horse it beat last time, Atmospheric High, franked the form when winning next time out and doing the blog a favour into the bargain. The dangers are probably Gordon Elliot's SilverLord and Micky Halford's Eastern Rules however the former is unlikely to be progressive at 8, and the latter has stall 13 to cope with. 
Because not many of the rest are in form, really ambitious punters might even want to play a combination tricast.

Judging by Richard Hughes on twitter earlier this week, he was excited and then thrilled to find out that SKY LANTERN e/w (Santa Anita 9.28)  had drawn stall three. Clearly the Hannon stable really fancy their chances with this smart youngster, so I think is worth an e/w play. The Curragh win in a Group One last time by over two lengths marked this horse as potentially special and should be a good price against a strong home team.

I'll enjoy the rest of the Breeders' Cup on Friday rather than get involved, ahead of Saturday's amazing card.

Elsewhere however a positive mention for Amethyst Dawn at Wolverhampton (4.45) which won for the blog last time and is still over a stone below previous winning marks. Back up to 7f here, it's stall 11 that makes me slightly cautious, but no surprise if the horse completes a double.

Later on the same card, BLUE ZEALOT (Wolverhampton 6.45) has a huge chance in the two miler after trying the trip for the first time and bolting up off 49 last time out. A mark of 56 is still tasty and Rachael Green can take off another 3lbs. 

Definitely shortlisted for the competition Nap, as are two others, the progressive Boonga Roogeta (Newmarket 2.45) to follow up a facile Yarmouth success the other day and Ninjago (Newmarket 3.20) which is well in on official numbers in the Listed race and won last time. They might be on the short side to back, however, while Lieutenant Miller is an interesting Henderson runner in the last (3.55). Ground out a win at Pontefract last time, and looks capable of following up here, while in Ireland, blog favourite Missunited should take the novice hurdle at 1.35.

Finally (phew!) another blog positive goes to Dahteer in the finale at Jebel Ali (1.05). Ten now, but tends to be a horse that goes well fresh and likes it here.

After having no decent nap fancy on Thursday, Friday's problem will be deciding betwen a host of mouthwatering possibilities.


11.35 Jebel Ali: My Verse (7/2 Hills)
6.45 Wolverhampton: Blue Zealot (5/4 Generally)
9.00 Dundalk: Rayhari (7/2 Bet365)
9.28 Santa Anita: Sky Lantern e/w. I Expect Price to be much bigger in US tonight.

BLOG POSITIVES: Dahteer; Boonga Roogeta; Ninjago; Missunited; Lieutenant Miller; Amethyst Dawn.

Many thanks for your fantastic support, amazing number of hits recently, and Friday is one of the 'busiest' blog days ever.