Not a bad day but….
June 5th, 2015 | Uncategorized
Well it wasn’t a bad day for clients with my only two star bets winning – Code Red at 14/1 and Al Bandar at 3/1 – but I would never have found the 50/1 Oaks winner Qualify in a month of Sundays.
I immediately reached back for my Dark Horses Annual and noted that I did, in fact, write a few lines about her but I never had her on my mind for today. I see that she wasn’t beaten far, making late headway, in the Irish 1,000 Guineas but she had finished 40 lengths behind Legatissimo in the Newmarket Guineas and even allowing for the extra half mile it was well-nigh impossible to envisage her making up the leeway.
Qualify has plenty of stamina on her dam’s side and this came to the fore in the dying strides as she caught the favourite close home. Of the others Lady Of Dubai ran a blinder to finish third while Diamondsandrubies, back in fourth, would have been a length or two closer but for being hampered by stable-companion Together Forever two furlongs from home.
My selection Crystal Zvezda ran a shocker after pulling hard in the early stages. This was nothing like the filly that so impressed me at Newbury and I intend to give her another chance. Perhaps something will come to light. On reflection, the curse of stall one may not have helped Legatissimo while she also expended valuable energy reserves by jig-jogging and bucking on the way to the start. She was probably a little unlucky not to win.
I advised that Code Red was overpriced at 20’1 in the morning and was pleased to see him win despite pulling quite hard in the early stages. The colt had run very well in the 2,000 Guineas and this drop back in trip was ideal. William Muir was very positive about his chance beforehand. Al Bandar, my only other star bet of the meeting, won the last with something in hand. He won at Brighton last season for Richard Hannon and likes switchback tracks.
You can hear my early news for Derby day this evening and I will update the line again tomorrow morning when, as always, any selections will be given in the first minute of the message.