Alan Dudman started the week off yesterday with a [5.50] winner, and he hopes for another as he returns for Newmarket for Saturday with a pair of selections....
"He looks a strong stayer for the future and most definitely the middle-distance horse for next year, but the stiff track will play to the selection's strengths."
Sterner test to suit Gosden's youngster
John Gosden's Waldstern may have been turned over at a short price when last seen at Haydock, but I give him a big chance in the Zetland Stakes at HQ on Saturday.
Last time out he finished second to Kadar - no mean feat trying to concede 7lb in a race where the emphasis was on speed. It patently didn't suit him, so the step up in trip by a couple of furlongs will really play to his strengths.
He looked very much a stayer when winning on debut at the July course earlier in the summer, and at that point he held an entry in the Royal Lodge.
This contest often throws up a horse that stays well, and this colt on pedigree has all the tools. He is a half-brother to Waldgeist, and a relation to St Leger winner Masked
Frankie Dettori could make the running here to get them all on the stretch. Yes, he is towards the top of the market, but the new trip is a big persuader.
Van Dyck to be the master at HQ
The Group 1 Dewhurst has the grand billing of the juvenile race of the season - and with the likes of Too Darn Hot, Sangarius and Anthony Van Dyck in the field, it is most certainly a race to savour. And one to bet in too, we'll take the [5.40] on Anthony Van Dyck.
All three mentioned have something a bit different. Too Darn Hot has the breathtaking burst of speed which is something Anthony Van Dyck doesn't possess, he is more of a wind up horse to get the run going rather than one with instant acceleration. He looks a strong stayer and most definitely the middle-distance horse for next year, but the stiff track will play to the selection's strengths. And it's not often Ballydoyle get the tactics wrong in these big races.
He has a good attitude and is still improving with racing following his second behind Quorto in the Group 1 National Stakes when last seen. If you are looking to back him at a higher price in-running, it is worth considering he has traded at a bigger price in all three of his victories so far; including a [5.40] when taking the Futurity.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: +1.25
Previous week: +1.50