Getting the horses from the top yards beaten in this race is darned difficult. Even when a big priced one goes in, as was the case last year, it’s most likely coming from those stables you tend to assume will be saddling it up….O’Brien, Gosden, Hannon. They currently dominate the head of the market and those horses currently occupying the first five places on the tissue are obviously seriously good.
I’m thinking things might be about to change.
The people in charge of Qatar racing have come in and are supporting trainers up and down the country. They are responsible for two, Elm park and Flaming Spear, very prominent in the betting but still behind those from the stables “most likely to succeed”.
Andrew Balding trains the first of those and he’s clearly smart, unbeaten in four runs since getting beaten on debut last year, one of those wins being the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy.
It may be though, their best horse is currently residing in Yorkshire….FLAMING SPEAR.
This one made it’s debut on July 12th last year, a 12 runner Median Auction event for which he went off the 11/10 favourite. They obviously anticipated a big run as Kevin Ryan went to the bother of booking the best, Ryan Moore,
The horse duly obliged, winning very impressively by nearly three lengths, the second horse having just over four lengths between it and the third horse. He was then put away and not sighted since.
It wouldn’t have been the best race ever run on the Knavesmire but the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th horse all won afterwards….even the horse that finished last, beaten 28 lengths is now on a hat-trick, having won it’s last two on the Lingfield all weather.
Richard Fahey was responsible for four of the 12 runners that day and all four won races afterwards.
It was the way FLAMING SPEAR won the race that grabbed me though. He’s clearly exceptionally good and whilst we’ll all know more after the Greenham, his first target this season, I’m happy to be on ante-post and 20/1 Ladbrokes have up has been taken e.w.
One that might make the trip over from France runs in today’s Prix Djebel (Maisons-Laffitte 1-20)…MAKE BELIEVE….could be smart and Fabre seems to think he’s his “most likely”.