My original ante post selections for this race didn’t end up declaring, but it could be a blessing in disguise as I like the look of What’s The Story here for Keith Dalgleish. He has been better than ever this season and has every right to go close.
It’s a typically hot renewal with the likes of last year’s winner Riven Light (16 pounds higher this year), Band Of Outlaws and the favourite Inscribe all grabbing attention. It’s foolish to write any horse off here, but What’s The Story might bring the prize back over the Irish Sea.
Having been on the go since February this son of Harbour Watch has been very reliable with some big runs in decent company. Two runs back he ran a massive race in the Royal Hunt Cup where despite being bumped one furlongs out, he ran on strongly to be beaten only two and three-quarter lengths by Settle For Bay.
As always at Royal Ascot that was a very deep race and he leaped out as a horse who can take home a “big one”. Thereafter he ran in the John Smith’s Cup at York and again ran a blinder, just maybe not seeing out the extra two furlongs to finish five and a half lengths back in sixth.
As What’s The Story showed at Ascot – he loves a mile, stays it well and has previously won on soft. It all augurs well for a big run from a great stall of 4 under the very capable Billy Lee.
Selection – What’s The Story 15/2, EW.
20:10 & 20:40 Galway
As said yesterday, Adrian McGuiness has his yard in terrific form and there’s reason to believe he might have a double in the last two races at Galway tomorrow.
Firstly, in the 20:10, he runs Guanabara Bay who is handicapped to strike at Ballybrit.
A win and a place from four runs this term, he has been running well in a campaign that looks like it has been built around a trip to Ballybrit. He will get into this race off 65, a race that he was really unlucky not to win last year off six pounds higher.
After completely missing the kick early he settled in rear and came with a late rattle which looked a winning one, before being checked and just running out of road to catch the winner Serefeli who he meets again.
That day he gave that rival two pounds, but today he’ll receive three pounds and that should be enough to turn the tables on him and the rest of this competitive field.
Secondly, in the 20:40, he also runs course specialist Beau Satchel who should return to the winner’s enclosure at Galway which he knows so well.
Beau Satchel’s winning Galway run goes back to 2014 when winning a handicap there off 64. In 2015 he won over today’s trip off 78 and finished 3rd in the same week off 83.
In 2016 he won this very same race off 75 and finished 3rd again off 80. 2017 was a rare winless week for this lovable racehorse albeit he ran another blinder, in this very race off 72, when despite meeting trouble he finished only 3 or so lengths back in sixth.
He loves the track, runs today off 68 and showed he’s in good form with a win at Dundalk last time, a win that guaranteed he squeezed into this race off bottom weight.
Course form means everything at Galway and we can cheer on the familiar sight of Beau Satchel winning at Ballybrit once again.
I shall be backing both in singles and a small each way double.
Selections – Guanabara Bay 11/1, EW (20:10), Beau Satchel 7/2 & E/W Double.
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