It feels pretty refreshing to have just the three meetings to study today, after the plethora of the last few days. By no means am I complaining, but it is rather time consuming going through as much as possible in sufficient detail.
Anyhow, the highlight today is obviously the Irish 1000 Guineas over at the Curragh, and the return of Pretty Gorgeous, who could be a hugely exciting three-year-old this season. But she won’t have it all her own way by any means, as plenty have claims in an open looking renewal.
She could be vulnerable on her seasonal debut, and perhaps the tough-as-teak Fev Rover could be the one to upset the applecart.
It certainly looked to be no hindrance being on the front end there yesterday, and that’s exactly where Richard Fahey’s filly will be you’d imagine, and might prove a tough horse to pass. At 9/2 she’s a solid each-way play for sure.
Earlier on the card, we might get a few more Royal Ascot clues in the fillies’ maiden at 1.30, as newcomers from leading yards meet the track for the first time. However, the Gavin Cromwell-trained Pepsiwithacap could outrun her current best price of 40/1 as she steps up in trip, which is sure to suit.
However, it’s to Nottingham that I turn for today’s daily selection, and it’s only slightly less of an outsider than the aforementioned 40/1 shot at the Curragh.
In the 2.55 at Nottingham, the ‘Watch On Racing TV Handicap’ there is no shortage of potential improving three-year-olds, and given the lowly-rated nature of it as a 0-55, your first port of call is understandably with top weight and recent Bath scorer Devil’s Cub.
No doubt, Tom Ward’s horse will be tough to beat, but there is a horse that ran on the same Bath card, in a similar handicap over further, that is worth supporting today.
Bannergirl is a whopping 33/1 with Bet365, but 22/1 with plenty of other firms offering five places each-way as opposed to four with Bet365.
As is my usual style, I am going to recommend taking the lesser price of 22/1 in order to lock in the extra place, but would be mindful to keep an eye open for better prices with similar place terms, as the day progresses.
Despite fading into eighth in the end, Bannergirl was the only horse to look to potentially go with the runaway leader on that occasion, and paid for doing so. It is interesting that experienced pilot Pat Dobbs retains the ride and Bannergirl has been dropped to 1m, and sectionals comparing his race and the one won by favourite Devils’ Cub, suggest that Mark Gillard’s Bannergirl has very little to find.
At 22/1 generally with five places to aim at, Bannergirl is a wild price to run very well in the ‘Watch On Racing TV Handicap at 2.55 at Nottingham this afternoon.