Pin Money shares his tips for the Dubai Future Champions Festival: Appleby’s Guineas contender set to win again
It's Autumn Ladies' Day tomorrow - featuring the Style Awards in partnership with Velvet. Here, we ask the Newmarket Journal's racing tipster Tony Jakobson to share his insight on what runners might catch the eye on the racetrack and not in the crowd...
Charlie Appleby’s 2000 Guineas aspirant PINATUBO can round his juvenile season off with a flourish by winning the Gr 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes on the Rowley Mile’s attractive card on Saturday.
The son of Sharmadal has won each of his five starts and produced a scintillating success in the Gr 1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at The Curragh.
He sluiced home nine lengths clear of Armory and can justify his higher rating than Frankel at this stage of his career by dismissing his opponents including Wichita and Molatham in regal style.
On the same card side with Ryan Moore in a rare ride for Roger Varian on the hat-trick seeking ASCENSION in the Dubai Nursery.
The world’s top jockey should also score on another hat trick seeker John Gosden’s CHEROKEE RAIL in the Gr 3 Dubai Autumn Stakes.
Sir Mark Prescott sets a puzzle for us to solve as he saddles two fanciable runners LAND OF OZ and TIMOSHENKO in his bid to land the Cesarewitch for the first time.
Both come into the gruelling marathon with a string of wins to their credit and both of them have shown their ability to last out the two mile two furlong trip.
The only time Land Of Oz has tasted defeat in his last six starts came in the highly competitive Melrose Stakes at York, where he had to settle for third place to Hamish trained by Sir Mark’s former assistant William Haggas.
More recently the Bold Baronet sent Land Of Oz on a reconnoitring mission over Saturday’s course and distance and he came through the test with distinction powering home a length and a half ahead of Smart Champion.
Timoshenko will have plenty of admirers as well having won effortlessly at Glorious Goodwood but he has not run since.
It may be close but I will stay with his younger stable companion Land Of Oz though the pair can give Prescott a notable 1-2 to end the Heath House Cesarewitch drought.
William Haggas’s HAMISH is likely to give the Land Of Oz form a boost by winning the Old Rowley Handicap at Newmarket tomorrow.
Though he has not run since York he has been kept on the move and the Haggas team proved it was in top form with One Master’s second triumph in the Gr 1 Prix De La Foret underlining the point.
Note that at the time of writing this column the declared runners for Friday are not available, so check out if he is rerouted to the Racebets Handicap at York.
Don’t miss him in his chosen race as he is upwardly mobile.
Paul D’Arcy’s globetrotting PASS THE VINO has not won since doing us that tremendous 25-1 good turn on the July Course in mid-summer. That said he has run well at the highest level and earned himself a trip to South Korea for a valuable sprint in Seoul.
Sadly he lost some of his footwear early in the race and after showing up prominently, faded right out of contention.
Luckily Paul reports that he did himself no serious harm and consolation awaits in the Coral Sprint Trophy at York on Saturday.
If he is pulled out because of the ground, switch your allegiance to Richard Spencer’s BERNARDO O’REILLY.
David Elsworth’s DOGGED was a splendid 12-1 winner for the respected trainer and readers of this column, when gamely battling to beat Cloud Drift by a three-quarters of a length on the Rowley Mile. I loved his determined attitude and a follow-up is very much on the cards in the Coral Nursery on the same York card.
Get on board Charlie Fellowes’s CHIEFOFCHIEFS in the 32Red Claiming Handicap at Kempton this evening.
This hard-hitting four-year-old has not enjoyed the success he deserves but did get on the scoreboard at Sandown last year.
There was a lot to like about his effort when, after a break, he was an unlucky in the running fourth to Bless Him at Ascot.
The aim is to send him back to the Berkshire course if he wins as the penalty incurred should enable him to escape the cut-off zone in the highly lucrative Balmoral Handicap at Ascot on Champions Day.
Earlier this evening support Henry Spiller’s consistent ROCHFORD in the Wise Betting Nursery as he deserves an overdue win.