Hoof It

by Stable Lad

Although its great to be having a winner or two, it is disconcerting week after week to find that the continuing wet weather has, in recent times, been playing havoc, not alone with the cancellation of meetings, but also with the decimation of the fields, which of course sometimes leaves our “Fab Four” short a bullet or two.

This sort of “summer” weather just cannot go on for any length of time, for if it does, not alone will the sporting world be affected, but those people who depend on the land for their living, will be sorely pressed to get all of their main business done before the end of September.

We all of us wish them well, of course, for their success or failure always affects everyone.

You will have often heard the old adage about being “Spoilt for Choice”, well such is the case this weekend, with some splendid meetings right across the board.

We are coming to a time in the season when there are many stars already in the firmament, which we will have the privilege of seeing as the weeks go by, weather permitting.

Before we go to our Saturday selections, I have one little extra that might tempt you to have a little flutter on.

This is at Newmarket, in the meeting that features one of the biggest sprints of the year.

In this, I’m reliably informed that the stable responsible for Hoof It are cock-a-hoop about his chances in this prestigious race, for he is really flying at home.

He could go in at a nice price, with Ortensia appealing as the main danger to maybe spoil the party.

This race should be really worth viewing!

For our prime quartet, we will go to Newbury to seek our fortune, and maybe hit a few nice winners in our quest.

The opening Conditions Stakes gives us our first selection, which is the Richard Hannon trained Toronado, due to be ridden by Sean Levey, trying to notch up a second consecutive win.

The only nemesis to this one is Godolphin’s Snowbreaker, who should run well.

In the Chrisbeek Stakes, the chips may at last fall on the side of Firebeam, who has been running well, although another Godolphin horse, Soul, should be right there on the premises as the winning post arrives.

We now move on to the Calico Stakes, where the Maktoum animal, Ektihaam, should be a leading fancy, ridden by Hanagan, with the Godolphin team again in the cockpit providing a very real threat with Soul.

You know, looking at this card overall, the blue-clad riders could indeed be looking at a very rewarding day.

Our last venture is in the Exhibitions Stakes, where I like the chances of Gosden’s Elusive Kate, who could resume where she left off last season.

She should get most opposition from Fulbright.

Best of luck to you all for the duration!


The Fab Four:

Newbury: 2:00 Toronado, 3:10 Firebeam, 4:20 Ektihaam, 4:55 Elusive Kate.