EIGHT winning naps in a row will hopefully become 10 today as the dream of breaking that elusive 13 in a row record goes on.
Making it 11 in succession on tomorrow’s Sportingbet-sponsored card at York would be the dream scenario with Times Up looking much the best bet of the day on the Knavesmire (3.10pm).
The Temple Stakes at Sandown (3pm) is the national highlight tomorrow – a race revolving around the British debut of a the horse nicknamed the Budapest Bullet, Hungarian raider Overdose.
If he’s as good as they say he is then odds of 2-1, including with Sportingbet, could look very big indeed come ten past three, but whatever happens with the foreign raider Times Up can hopefully leaves us in profit at York.
This horse has always had tons of talent and put in a cracking performance to win at Newmarket on Guineas weekend when given an excellent ride by Richard Hughes to win a very competitive handicap off a welter-burden of 9st 12lbs.
That takes some doing and Times Up will no doubt feel like he’s running loose, running off level weights with his competitors tomorrow, with only Thoeolgy and Prospect Wells to worry about on the ratings.
Theology is actually rated the highest, at 109, and there is no denying his potential for in-form trainer Jeremy Noseda, but he flopped big time on his seasonal re-appearance in the Group Three Sagaro Stakes and he’ll have to run better than that to win here.
That is entirely possible though and he is by far the biggest danger but the recent form of Times Up is more persuasive and his trainer, John Dunlop, is also in decent form.
Prospect Wells is the next highest rated, at 106, but he’s coming back from a long lay off, as is Oasis Knight, and while it’s not impossible that Richard Fahey’s progressive Cracking Lass might step up again, this essentially looks a two-horse race.
If Theology fulfils the potential he exhibited as a three-year-old we are in trouble but, all things being equal, Times Up looks the one to beat – the horse also ran a blinder on his last outing at the Knavesmire last August when fourth in a red-hot handicap.
Elsewhere at York tomorrow the promising Sunwise looks the one to be on in the opener for Newmarket raider William Haggas – if he’s fit enough after his long lay-off – while Henry Cecil’s Chachamaidee looks interesting in the second (2.35pm).
Cecil is another trainer in good touch at the moment and Chachamaidee also has course-winning form, which is always a bonus.
The progressive Common Touch looks another potential Knavesmire winner for Richard Fahey in the sportingbet.com Handicap at 4.50pm, but we could do with another banker to pay for the day with another Cecil runner, Jet Away, looking just that at Goodwood (4.25pm).
Stable jockey Tom Queally heads to Goodwood to ride this chap and it’s little wonder given his impressive three-and-a-quarter length victory from odds-on Sri Putra last time out.
He was said to have been working well at home beforehand and entries in the Group One Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Group Two Hardwicke Stakes suggest his progression is likely to continue here.
With a name like Jet Away he’d also be a very apt winner as I prepare to do just that on this weekend’s Tenerife stag do!
Best of luck with your bets.