Caught in the dying strides of last month’s Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita, The Fugue held a decent early position under William Buick but lost her position at a crucial stage and ended up making her challenger from nearer last than first down the outside.
Dominant, trained by John Moore and Zac Purton, was settled in the last pair early, but enjoyed a clear passage and was allowed to get first run on the luckless runner-up before holding her strong, late challenge close home.
In other races, European big guns Moonlight Cloud and Sky Lantern finished out of the frame as Glorious Days claimed the Longines Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin.
The John Size-trained Glorious Days finished second 12 months ago to Ambitious Dragon, beaten less than a length, and went one place better when powering home to cut down favourite Gold-Fun by three-quarters of a length. Packing Whiz was third, with Gordon Lord Byron fourth for Tom Hogan and William Buick.
Moonlight Cloud looked like she might pick up at the two furlong pole but did not show her trademark acceleration, while Richard Hughes on Sky Lantern was sending out the distress signals turning into the straight. Moonlight Cloud, the winner of six Group One events, was sixth and is now set to be retired.
Another winner yesterday from our two named, GEORGE FENTON advised at 4/1 in the morning was backed into 11/8 favourite and Hayley Turner came with a perfectly timed late run to get up by a short head. So a great week with our 9 s
elections, starting Monday with a 6/4 then a MEGA 16/1 winner on Tuesday, then…….4th 20/1…..2nd 2/1…..W 8/1 (from 10’s)…….5th 20/1 and yesterday….W 4/1…….unplaced 6/1
With no flat racing today, we’ve got two selections lined up for this afternoon at Cork & Kelso…..
Cork 12.45……Willie Mullins horses will be always favourite in these type of races but his novice hurdlers aren’t entirely firing on all cylinders. In a 20+ runner bumper with EW places available down to 4th, then good EW value can be found in opposing the favourite. THEOS WELL fits the bill having finished 13l 4th to Rathvinden (11/8 with SkyBet) on the flat and looks value at a best EW 25/1
Kelso 14.25……ROLECARR made mistakes last time out when up against today’s likely favourite, Kruzhlinin (11/8). Also, the very consistent No Planning (11/8) is respected. However, our selection looks good EW value at 16/1 with bet365.
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