Alan Dudman went close with the double-figure priced Balancing Time yesterday - who hit 1.33 in-running when finishing second at Lingfield. Wednesday's action includes a Listed race from Goodwood, with a selection to show his class...
"Sky Hunter is a really classy horse, and it was a most-pleasing first run of the season in the Group 3 September Stakes at Kempton recently - a race won by the quality performer Arab Spring."
14:45 Redcar - Fahey to add to track tally
Trainer Richard Fahey has saddled 41 juvenile winners this season; and I'm hoping he can add to that tally with Buccaneers Cove on Wednesday.
The favourite for this maiden is Moi Moi Moi - who has raced over shorter distances previously, but he doesn't set a mind-blowing figure as a standard here; with an official rating of 73. He is tight enough in the betting (with the experience of three runs) at 11/8 on the Sportsbook.
Fahey's two-year-old makes far more appeal, given the ability he showed on debut, and is an obvious potential improver.
The youngster's first outing came over 6f at Ripon, and he ran well behind two more experienced rivals from the southern yards of Hugo Palmer and Ed Walker. Buccaneers Cove was drawn out wide, missed the break somewhat and looked green in the early stages. The front two were far more alert in the way they left the stalls, and he didn't really handle the track either.
The selection was given one tap of the whip to come between a pair of horses in the closing stages to finish third. There was enough in that first outing for him to improve significantly up to 7f today.
Fahey has said before how he often likes to send a nice type to the track; and his record this season at Redcar reads 10 winners from 46 runners - including seven runner-up positions. The juvenile Andok made a winning debut here this term - and he's a nice type.
15:45 Goodwood - Bin Suroor to take the honours again
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor has an outstanding record in the Listed Foundation Stakes at Goodwood, and he'll be looking for his seventh winner in the contest, which is the classiest race of the day by far on Wednesday.
The template for this with the Godolphin handler seems to be a globetrotting horse who can stay further. The likes of Holberg, Kirklees and Hunter's Light all have been on the roll call for the Newmarket yard in recent years, therefore Sky Hunter fits the profile perfectly.
He's a lightly-raced six-year-old with a record of six wins from 12 on turf. He's happy at either 1m2f or 1m4f, and he handles cut in the ground well.
You might recall his performance in the 2015 Melbourne Cup - he held a pretty good chance before fading as his stamina gave way. He looked a non-stayer there, so it's interesting he still holds an entry in this year's Flemington feature. He also has one in the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot.
Sky Hunter is a really classy horse, and it was a most-pleasing first run of the season in the Group 3 September Stakes at Kempton recently - a race won by the quality performer Arab Spring. The 1m4f tussle turned into a dash, and Arab Spring is lethal in those circumstances given his electric turn of foot for a middle-distance horse.
Indeed, Timeform's Simon Rowlands outlined his individual sectional of 33.48s was the quickest at the course over any distance since 2014. You can click here to read the sectional debrief.
Given that the Godolphin runner needed the run to blow away the cobwebs on that reappearance; it wasn't a bad comeback. Armed with the improved fitness, he could be the class act here, especially with the rain forecast.
Wednesday's Recommended Bets
Back Buccaneers Cove 1pt @ 5.104/1 in the 14:45 at Redcar
Back Sky Hunter 1pt @ 3.505/2 in the 15:45 at Goodwood
Weekly P/L: -4.83
Previous week: + 0.60