A whole lot more difficult.
The fillies in recent seasons have been difficult to get a handle on before the season started and it’s no different this time around.
Four of the last eight favourites have finished unplaced in this race and only one of the last four has won. I’m thinking Clive, for all he’s very bullish about Rizeena, might be a tad premature getting the old dancing shoes on.
The winner is in the first seven in the betting, if the runes speak true. Nine of the last 10 winners were so, let’s rule out silly ones.
I am hoping Tapestry wins the race because in a Podcast last year I advised we all got on for this race but there have been no “Australia” vibes about this one….hardly heard a peep, to be honest.
I do think the last number on a horses form figures coming into this race should be a 1….eight of the last 10 winners came here off the back of a win, as opposed to a defeat.
That rules out Rizeena and my new shortlist consists of:
They are priced 11, 15 and 15.5 respectively so, I’m dutching that trio.
Looking for a single….and this will be our prize winners bet….and knowing that six of the last 10 winners of the 1000Gns were by a Group 1 winning sire, I have it between Ihtimal and Bracelet.
Again I have to side with a Coolmore horse and nominate BRACELET.
Aiden O’Brien has saddled 16 runners in this race over the last 10 year period and enjoyed two winners and three placed horses whilst Godolphin have suffered terribly. One placing from nine runners over the same period doesn’t inspire ultimate confidence, although they seem in much better form this season.
POST RACING PROFILE HORSE:
BRACELET – 20/80