George set to reign for De Foy
Back Nicholas George @ 4.57/2 in the 18:55 at Haydock
Another near(ish) miss for yesterday's column with Quickthorn's 5.04/1 win for the first-leg, but Addeybb was beaten into third. I read what Daily Racing News columnist Daryl Carter said about the drift - which at one stage was pushing seven and eight on the exchange. And while he finished beaten, it's a bet I would strike again as it does come down to price.
A one-three yesterday but we have a 16.015/1 multiple for Friday night.
Kevin Phillappart De Foy really does sound like he belongs to the aristocracy with his somewhat regal sounding name, but he has created a good impression as a rookie trainer and to have high profile horses from the Normandie Stud can only improve and raise the profile even further.
As regular readers might be aware, I quite like these horses in the pink and white livery as they are often bred stoutly and stay so well. Last week's meeting at Bath had no less than five of the eight races at 5f, but there should be more staying races. One recent afternoon there wasn't a single race at 2m. Cheap speed and all that....
Nicholas George is the horse, and he makes bet material for De Foy at 4.57/2 today as he should relish the new distance upped to 1m4f.
The 3yo won at Redcar at the start of April, and had showed the benefit of his debut run at Kempton where he was coltish. He looked strong in the finish at Redcar and seemed to handle the soft ground very well.
His final furlong even in testing ground was nearly a second quicker than the runner-up that day, and Franz (the second) got first run on Nicholas George as he was more handily ridden.
The selection's dam is out of the great Dubai Millennium and he's related to a couple of 1m5f runners. He could outstay his rivals in this.
Gosden could have a good one with One World
Back One World @ 3.55/2 in the 19:25 at Haydock
I don't mind backing a newcomer, and that's the plan for the 19:25 as the superbly-bred One World at 5/2 will make his debut for John and Thaddeus Gosden.
I often tweet about my admiration for Sea The Stars as a horse and a stallion, and I was told a few years ago that a top profile trainer said that one day STS will be a better stallion than Galileo. Interesting.
One World has that superb cross with a Dubawi dam called Time Chaser - and she herself won on debut as a 3yo and has produced the exciting Time Lock and that's the Passage Of Time family, and Time Lock recently took apart her a field on her second start having finished well beaten behind Emily Upjohn on her debut.
These are exciting times for stallion buffs, as Frankel, Dubawi and Sea The Stars are producing so much quality.
Gosden's six runners yesterday finished 112202, and I am happy backing this newcomer from a yard operating at 30% at the moment.
The two runners in the field that hold experience were both soundly beaten on their debuts too.
I was on antepost duty earlier this week for Saturday's ITV races and you can click here for the weekend's preview.
May single bet winners
Quickthorn 4/1 Won
Alpine Sierra 15/8 Won
Secret Shadow 9/2 Placed
Mooneista 13/2 Placed
Lionel 3/1 Won
Sea Silk Road 13/8 Won
Johnston's Blue 11/4 Won
Haarar 9/2 Won
Lariat 6/1 Placed
Haizoom 10/1 Win and Placed
Sea Silk Road 8/1 Won
Brotherly Company 17/2 Won
April single bet winners
Coroebus 5/1 Won
Viadelamore 6/1 Won and Placed
Hi Ho Silver 9/1 Placed
Emily Dickinson 11/8 Won
Moonlit Warrior 11/4 Won
Murbih 9/1 Placed
Wanees 5/1 Won
They Don't Know 15/2 Placed
Bay Breeze 8/1 Won
Tranquil Night 7/2 Won
Destiny Is All 15/8 Won R4
Hammersmith 7/2 Placed
Entropy 11/1 Placed
Star Of Lady M 17/2 Won
Boardman 20/1 Placed
Drombeg Banner 6/1 Won
Magic Haze Placed 9/2