There was another winning selection from Alan yesterday and he has two more two more from Goodwood today...
"She's a progressive horse who beat a pair of previous Group 1 winners when landing the French Oaks at Chantilly"
Fancy Blue will improve again today
This is a really interesting renewal of the Nasssau Stakes, Japanese star Deirdre won this race at 20/1 last year though has been in poor form since and was behind Magic Wand in the Eclipse at Sandown last time. However, its interesting in that Ryan Moore rides Donnacha O'Brien's Fancy Blue over Magic Wand which may be a tip in itself, she's a progressive horse who beat a pair of previous Group 1 winners when landing the French Oaks at Chantilly when last seen. Ryan certainly sounds a very positive note in his Betfair column.
This is Donnacha O'Brien's first runner in Britain but the 22-year-old, son of multiple Irish champion trainer Aidan, had his first runners in January after retiring from race riding in late November after a short but highly successful career in the saddle. He's had less than 50 runners as a trainer but has wasted no time making an impact at the highest level, with the Coolmore-owned Fancy Blue already gaining Classic glory at Chantilly after previously finishing runner-up in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at The Curragh. Brother Joseph was among the winners at Galway yesterday, too. The filly will know exactly what is expected of her as was trained by his father last year before switching yards.
Running Back will like the step up in trip
The Richard Hannon yard are flying it at present and they have a great chance here with their juvenile Running Back who will be partnered today with Oisin Murphy. The Hannon team know exactly what it takes to win this, having won it three time in the last 10 years, and their colt steps up in trip after finding the six furlongs at Kempton a bit on the sharp side last time out, failing to get home (beaten a head) at a short price. But this looks an exciting horse with a big future, he's finished second on his two starts to date but he is sure to be competing at a higher level than his mark of 81 suggests and the step up to seven furlongs should bring out the best in him.
The one he will have to beat if he is to win this today looks like being the Ralph Beckett-trained William Bligh, the Haydock winner is another that I am sure we will see competing at a decent level in time. He was certainly impressive when running away with that novice contest at Haydock last time and he's sure to go very close. But at 15/8 I think he is short enough on handicap debut to take on with Running Back.
2020 (prior to this week) : -8.38pts
This week so far...
Staked: 6 Pts
Returned: 7.12 pts
2020 P&L -9.76 pts
2019 P&L +0.31 pts
2018 P&L +82.29 pts
2017 P&L +53.30 pts
2016 P&L +15.23 pts