A very busy Saturday afternoon of racing with some top action both here and across over in Ireland. Market Rasen stage a fine afternoon of summer jumps racing which wets the appetite for the jumps season to really kick off in the autumn. There is also the small matter of the second Ashes test throughout the day and lets hope England can get a good total on the board.
The best race of the day is undoubtedly the Irish Oaks (6-15, Curragh). English Oaks heroine Talent goes for the double but faces stiff competition for the crown. Ripose heads the list of dangers judged on her facile Ribblesdale success. However, that looked a rather weak renewal and this is sure to be much tougher. Alive Alive Oh is another taking a step up in class but has a very progressive profile and certainly rates a danger. The vote goes to Talent who brings Classic form to the table and looks to have plenty more to give on just here fifth start.
Some say that the arrival of these valuable sales races has rather detracted from the quality of two year old races but I completely disagree. A field of 25 unexposed youngsters who have the potential to make up into classy performers assemble for the Weatherbys Super Sprint at 3-50. The race is also a great advert for some of the great bargains that can be bought at the sales. Richard Hannon appears to hold a very strong hand in this contest and Lilbourne Lass appears the pick of them. However, it is another Hannon hopeful that gets the verdict, Bird Of Light. She may not have beaten much when making a winning debut at Bath but she displayed an excellent attitude and a touch of class. With plenty of improvement to come she rates a cracking each way bet at 25/1.
Market Rasen Selections: Noble Bacchus 1-45, First In The Queue 2-20, Sea Lord 2-55, Dineur 3-30, Seperate Shadows 4-05, Roger Beantown 4-40 and Green To Gold 5-15
Newbury Selections: Lanark 1-35, Galician 2-05, Black Spirit 2-40, Ninjago 3-15, Bird Of Light 3-50, Music Master 4-25 and Our Folly 5-00
Newmarket Selections: Es Que Love 1-50, Waila 2-25, Safety Check 3-05, Poetic Dancer 3-40, Pilates 4-15, Tax Free 4-50 and Circus Turn 5-20
Ripon Selections: Always Be Closing 2-00, Complicit 2-35, Ingleby Angel 3-10, Contradict 3-45, Arc Light 4-20, Wadacre Sarko 4-55 and Annie Gogh 5-25,