Different blog style today, two meetings in one and I won’t be looking at every race. There’s simply too much quality racing today, I’ve a little work to do and I’ll be at a Guineas BBQ later today, so don’t have much spare time this morning. However, seeing as though the sun is out, and it’s a great sporting weekend, here are a couple that caught my eye from the two meetings we have up ‘ere today.
The Thirsk Hunt Cup has moved to Wetherby this year due to the Tour de Yorkshire, which means instead of a short trip to Wetherby on Tuesday for my racing fix, I’ve got the slightly longer trip up to Thirsk to contend with instead. I don’t think the move will affect any of the racing, both tracks are fair tracks where generally the best horse wins, both flat and jumps you don’t get many hard luck stories from Wetherby.
Onto the race and I’ll be throwing two darts at the board, one is Mutamaded and the other is What’s The Story.
Mutamaded won at Ripon last time out off a mark of 87, and today he has to contend off 91. That is his toughest to date, but with just six runs under his belt in the UK and only eight in his overall career there could be more to come from him. Ruth Carr has been in surprisingly good early season form and it often takes her a few runs to sort a horse out and understand them properly. Although Mutamaded has won for Ruth, I get the feeling there is still more work to be done with him and more to come from him. Obviously it’s a wide open race, but he caught my eye in the hope that he has more to offer over the coming months.
What’s The Story ran a shocker in the Spring Mile, but had many different excuses that day and if you can get over that and forgive him the run he looks to have a great chance. He is another that may have more to offer in his next few runs as he has just seven total career starts to his name. He won in a big field at Doncaster last season, which he will get here and although last season’s two wins came over seven furlongs, I am sure that a mile and a big field will bring out the very best in him. If you are prepared to put a line through his last run, he has a very progressive profile and looks to have a nice chance in this race.
I’m convinced that Shared Equity wins something nice off his current mark and this could be the race for him. After wind surgery last season he has come back and ran two very good races since, finishing 2nd here at Doncaster and 6th at Newmarket in a hot race. He steps up to seven furlongs today, something he hasn’t done for a while, but something he can get away with thanks to the easy nature of this track and the lack of runners meaning they are not likely to go a fast gallop. Jedd O’Keefe has a few winners at Doncaster on the flat, and this could have been the plan for a while. I am sure he can win a big race, and I think this is it, he is one of the most interesting runners of the day for me.
On a final note, all the best to Yorkshire raiders Elarqam and Laurens this weekend, I think they’ve both got solid chances in the first two classics of the season.