Accidental Agent WON 14/1 and Found WON 6/1
October 2nd, 2016 | Marten's Current Racing Diary
‘The Weekend Card has made a good start, with some memorable weekends. In Issue 2 all three of my selections won (9/2, 3/1 and 5/2) with three winners from four selections from the Postscript Update and Accidental Agent 9/2 (from 9/1) for the Sleeper Section. Issue 3 found Aljazzi 12/1 and Royal Artillery 10/1 from the Premier List Update.
The highlight of Issue 5 was Ian Carnaby’s four-timer at 5/1, 9/2, 15/8 and 11/8 and Boy In The Bar 7/1 (from 14/1) for the Sleeper Section, while 15/2 winner Chain Of Daisies came in for the Clock Watcher in Issue 6. Boy In The Bar won again for the Sleeper Section at 4/1 in Issue 7 with 8/1 winner Kruger Park from the Weekend Action. The highlight of the next issue was, of course, my advice for 22/1 St Leger winner Harbour Law, with Ian Carnaby nominating 6/1 Portland Handicap winner Captain Colby, while in Issue 9 I advised Mill Reef Stakes winner Harry Angel at 20/1 ante-post (won at 2/1). In the latest issue I gave Accidental Agent 14/1 and Found 6/1 from just three selections.’
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As is so often the case, having approached this weekend with no strong views things could not have turned out much better, with my sole selection Accidental Agent winning the big sales race at Newmarket and Found winning the Arc.
Accidental Agent had first come to my attention when I saw him make his debut at Sandown back in July. I loved him in the paddock and he then showed plenty of potential to finish sixth of 16 in the race. He confirmed that promise next time at Chepstow, winning a 7f maiden, before running second of four in a Goodwood nursery, perhaps having his chance compromised by losing a front shoe.
Eve Johnston Houghton dropped him back to six furlongs for yesterday’s race but that didn’t concern me as I knew he would be suited by the likely strong pace.
At Chantilly there was another boost for the form of Spatial when Wuneida, who beat her at Newmarket in August, won the Prix Marcel Boussac. Spatial then went on to beat subsequent winners Unforgetable Filly, Sobetsu and Flying North in a 7f maiden there in August. She runs at the end of the week in the Dubai Fillies’ Mile or the Oh So Sharp Stakes, where a victory will see a contraction in her current price for the 1,000 Guineas.
I selected Found for the Arc on the strength of her consistency at the highest level. The only time she has finished out of the first three was in this race last year, where she was too far out of her ground and then blocked all the way up the straight. Aidan O’Brien had stressed all season that the Arc was her main target and the quick ground probably suited her over the mile and a half.
Higland Reel and Order Of St George followed her home to give O’Brien a remarkable one/two/three in the race. Of the others my 200/1 outsider One Foot In Heaven ran well to finish sixth. Postponed ran as if he has had enough for the season after being ideally poised turning for home, while the ground was too quick for Harzand.
Bye for now
Accidental Agent, Jumps 2016/17, Marten Julian, Weekend Card