After a magnificent day's racing on Friday, Saturday doesn't have quite the amount, but the quality is sensational with the Breeders' Cup at 'Santa' Anita again taking centre stage. Friday, with so many selections, was almost inevitably mixed. three positives at newmarket produced two winners and a third, while My Verse ran a decent but annoying second, , Amethyst Dawn a non-runner but a huge disappointment as the evening's best, Rayhari, was beaten in a photo that the studio thought had won. Gutted!
EDIT: Apologies for error in original post. Daboos was third, not, as I mistakenly thought, Dahteer.


First my non-Breeders Cup bets.

The afternoon selections are likely to be quite short in price, but hopefully the three Breeders Cup selections will result in rather tastier potential winnings.

Two horses that ran in the Punchestown bumper earlier this year, which is starting to throw up its usual stack of winners, can bookend the Down Royal card. ART OF LOGISTICS (Down Royal 12.45) was fourth in that race and has since won its bumper. This maiden hurdle looks an ideal stepping stone to better things against a weak field, while DIRECTOR'S FORUM (Down Royal 4.05), second at Punchestown in the aforementioned race, looks to have an excellent chance to land its bumper here. The two dangers may be Silver Tassie from the in-form Noel Meade team, and Apache Jack, also representing an in form stable of Dessie Hughes, which, less experienced, was sixth at Punchestown.

The blog is going international this weekend and a horse i put up at a massive price on Arc day, which ran well enough, can score at Auteuil. NIKITA DU BERLAIS (Auteuil 2.40). This multiple course winner can take this grade one, and his form when second to Thousand Stars a few outings ago is the pick of the form on offer by a mile.


I've highlighted POINT OF ENTRY (Santa Anita 10.18pm) a couple of times recently and this horse has an excellent chance. I'm convinced that St Nicholas Abbey's lack of a proper recent break, and Shareta also having a hard race in the Arc, will inconvenience their chances, while Point of Entry's last two wins, notably when disposing of Treasure Beach, make this the form pick. Stall one is a definite plus and while I 'hear' Nick Mordin's excellent case for the Japanese raider Trailblazer, i think the horse has to progress again, and stall twelve is a desperate negative. The superb @trakusracing pointed out that at the last two day meeting at Santa Anita, 11 of 12 races were won by 'inside runners' up the home straight.

If it's a slow run mile then it might be worth chancing MOONLIGHT CLOUD (Santa Anita 11.40) to turn over Excelebration and Wise Dan. The last named can pull hard and that wouldn't suit despite having done some terrific speed figures in the past, while the selection was unlucky when getting no run, less than 2 lengths behind Excelebration in France. Andre Fabre has targetted this race, which his Goldikova made her own, so he knows what is required. Stall nine isn't ideal, however in a race where a turn of foot may be required, the selection is the one most likely to have the race run to suit. Remember her finishing kick when she almost nailed Black Caviar, and she has proven she stays the mile when beating Farrh in France.

Finally GAME ON DUDE (Santa Anita 12.35am Sunday) looks rock solid in the Classic. A good draw, and has verdicts over several of these. Tough, consistent and talented, it will be a special one that lowers this gelding's colours.

SATURDAY BETS: Win Singles E/W Treble:

12.45 Down Royal: Art of Logistics
2.40 Auteuil; Nikita Du Berlais
4.05 Down Royal: Directors Forum

BREEDERS' CUP: Win Singles E/W treble:

Point of Entry (Day's Nap); Moonlight Cloud; Game on Dude.


One bet. The bet of the weekend, the week, the month, the..... UNACCOMPANIED (Leopardstown 3.35) WEEKEND BEST. Goes well fresh and her two runs close behind Midnight Soprano and Fame and Glory show a still highly progressive mare. She's taking on handicappers here and even though has to concede plenty weight, she's different class. The slight negative is that she ran into Tobar na Gaoise in this race last year, and was second, however I don't see anything as progressive as that this time round, and with a Morgiana hurdle entry in just a fortnight, the horse will have to be pretty much spot on for this. Blog favourite One Fine Day might be the danger with an excellent turn of foot and a light weight. The Harrington team remain in blistering form, however every drop of rain will favour the selection. Hopefully she will make all the running and this will be my 'Santa' money! :)

Thanks as ever for looking in, and enjoy a fantastic weekend!