|Fox Chairman - Newbury (Saturday July 20)||9/4||888Sport||Emten - Newbury (Saturday July 20)||9/1||Unibet|
|Fleeting - Curragh (Saturday July 20)||7/1||Coral|
Following 9/1 and 7/2 winners last week, Steve Ryder is back with another ante-post betting column to preview three races from the action coming up this weekend.
Tip 1: Fox Chairman - Newbury (Saturday July 20)
This looks an open renewal of the previously named Steventon Stakes but preference goes to the Andrew Balding-trained colt Fox Chairman. He only made his debut this season as a three-year-old but did that with an impressive win at this course over a mile on good to soft ground. He showed his inexperience by missing the break slightly but quickened clear impressively to win by a widening four lengths at the finish.
Connections stepped him up in class to contest the listed Dee Stakes at Chester on his next start where he was sent off 2/1 second-favourite behind subsequent Group 1 winner, Circus Maximus. Silvestre De Sousa is a fantastic jockey but endured an awful trip and rounding the turn for home found himself stuck on the inside rail with four horses in front of him. He eventually managed to pull Fox Chairman out who ran on under hands and heels to finish 3rd.
Fox Chairman was once again popular in the market for the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot where he was sent off the 7/2 favourite. Having been squeezed for room leaving the stalls, he was lit up in midfield against the rail in sixth place. Rounding the turn he was still travelling well but got blocked for his run twice before staying on well at the finish to finish 2nd.
As a three-year-old, Fox Chairman receives weight from the older horses and given how unlucky he was in a Group 3 he should hold strong claims in this listed race at 9/4 with 888Sport.
Tip 2: Emten - Newbury (Saturday July 20)
The Weatherbys Super Sprint is a two-year-old race with the weight a horse carries determined by the sale price it achieved at a public auction. Richard Fahey has an excellent record here with three winners in the last six years, so it’s easy to see why Ventura Rebel is a short-priced favourite having finished second in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot. However, it is the horse who finished 5th in that race who I feel will have a chance of reversing form with him.
Emten is a £36k Bungle Inthejungle filly trained by Jamie Osbourne who won a novice race at Windsor in late April. She did well to win that day as she was slowly away and had to race widest of all which is often a huge negative on the turning track. She stayed on well at the finish to win over 5f by just over a length before being sent off 80/1 for the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot on only her second start. Once again ridden by Nicola Currie, she was held up on the nearside before staying on well to finish a closing fifth.
Emten has put in her best work in the final furlong of her two races so far over 5f so this step up in trip to 6f looks sure to suit, and she receives a further 3lb from Ventura Rebel. With 9/1 available currently with Unibet and a confirmed runner, she looks worthy to take on the favourite.
Tip 3: Fleeting - Curragh (Saturday July 20)
Aidan O’Brien has failed to win the Irish Oaks for the last two seasons but those renewals did feature Enable and Sea Of Class. This season he looks set to run Pink Dogwood who finished second in the Epsom Oaks but also Fleeting, who I fancy to beat her stablemate.
Fleeting confirmed she was a high class two-year-old with victory at Doncaster in September in the Group 2 May Hill Stakes. She disappointed in her reappearance in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket but bounced back to put in a career-best in the Epsom Oaks to finish 3rd. She didn’t get the clearest of runs down the straight that day and was closing on the leading pair at the finish to end up being beaten just over a length.
Fleeting not only has to reverse form with Pink Dogwood from the Oaks but also Star Catcher (who has been supplemented for this race) who beat her in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last time. Star Catcher had the perfect run through the race that day whereas Fleeting met traffic problems and despite this was only beaten just over a length at the finish.
With a clearer run through the Irish Oaks hopefully Fleeting can get a much deserved win over 1m4f this season at 7/1 with Coral.