ROYAL ASCOT beckons next Tuesday but not before a decent card at York tomorrow where Sea Moon will likely be the star of the show for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore.
Not that he’ll be a generous price for the Give Generously To Macmillan Handicap (3.50pm) – unlike Desert Law who remains our big fancy for the Bond Tyres Trophy Handicap (3.15pm).
Readers of Thursday column Horses For Courses are on this animal at 8-1 and 8-1 is looking a pretty good investment right now with the Andrew Balding-trained inmate as short as 11-2 following the final declaration stage.
Twenty runners still remain and dangers are aplenty but confidence in Desert Law’s chance remains high with Jimmy Fortune taken to steer him home in first.
Tomorrow’s contest has the looks of a red-hot sprint handicap and our selection aside, Seal Rock, Swiss Dream and Elusive Prince – not to mention Majestic Myles – could be anything.
All four won last time out but the biggest danger looks to be Seal Rock who is unbeaten with three wins from three and comes from a yard renowned for producing good sprinters in Henry Candy’s stable.
Mind, the same was said of Candy’s L’ami Louis a fortnight ago yet he was readily brushed aside by Majestic Myles and Desert Law – that looking the strongest form on offer here with runner-up that day Desert Law taken to exact his revenge.
There was a just a neck between the two last time out with Desert Law receiving two pounds in weight and on the form book it should be desperately close again with our hope only one pound better off.
Majestic Myles now also has the assistance of champ Paul Hanagan in the saddle and he will understandably have his supporters but Desert Law has always been very well thought of and his trainer Balding was at pains to stress last time that his charge would come on massively for the run.
The Balding yard also remains in decent form with Chef obliging nicely last weekend and the feeling tomorrow is that Desert Law can provide him with another Saturday winner.
Hopefully a bet on him can pay for the day on a card featuring three more competitive handicaps at 2.10pm, 2.40pm and 5.30pm.
Of those three races, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained/Ryan Moore ridden Confront would be the most hopeful prediction for the contest at 2.40pm – the horse entered in Group races and maybe just a bit better than a handicappe. However, representing the same connections is Sea Moon at 3.50pm – an animal that looks the Knavesmire banker of the day.
Royal Ascot is now only four days away yet this chap is still entered in next Friday’s King Edward VII Stakes – a Group Two race compared to tomorrow’s contest which is a 0-100 handicap.
If Sea Moon is anything near that class he should hack up here – even with 9st 7lbs – and the decent form of Stoute and Moore is another plus.
The only slight sorry could be the quick ground with Sea Moon’s best efforts so far on soft but class will probably tell.
Some 35 minutes later Moore also looks likely to collect on Swiss Spirit for David Elsworth (4.25pm) – a horse narrowly beaten on debut who should go one better – while top-rated My Son Max is a tentative selection for the Classified Stakes at 5pm.
The very progressive Night Carnation also looks the best bet at Sandown (3.30pm) but has been deserted by regular pilot Fortune to ride Desert Law at York.
That hopefully says it all.
Best of luck with your bets and have a great weekend.