Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? ( 14:45 Bath, 14 Oct 2020)

Update from my last couple of posts, I don’t mind writing updates when I have a winner or two. I wrote about the Andrew Balding trained SKIBO CASTLE in my Saturday post and it was nice to see the Shalaa colt finally get off the mark third time of asking at Windsor yesterday, I must admit when I seen he was a 12/1 shot on Sunday night I couldn’t believe my eyes but as always something always happens as we had a non runner race day but saying that Skibo Castle was still available around 8s until gambled on into 11/4 come race time. I was worried about the odds on favourite and the pair had a great battle all the way to the line, luckily for me Skibo prevailed by a short head and was given a great ride by Joshua Bryan. 
My other winner was the William Haggas gelding ALDAARY at Yarmouth who has a cracking record at the seaside venue. It was a pretty perfect race from start to finish and a bit of a bonus when Aldaary drifted to 11/4. I did mention another tracker called Media Guest who actually ran a superb race to finish second (forecast anyone?) and should definitely come on in leaps and bounds for that debut. 

14:45 Bath 14 Oct 2020 

I guess reading the headline it’s an easy question to answer but Imagine having millions to spend on horses. It would be a dream come true hey. This brings me on nicely to this race as owners Qatar Racing Ltd And Watership Down St splashed out a cool 1,000,000 gns at the 2019 October Yearling Sales Book 1 on MAHOMES. I know what you are thinking its buttons to them but Jesus I get a nosebleed when I bet over twenty quid. 

Money doesn't always guarantee success right? Rewind back to 1983 when Sheikh Mohammed paid $10.2 million for Snaafi Dancer, I mean this a ludicrous amount of money and unlucky for the Sheikh Snaafi Dancer was an almighty flop on the racecourse and when sent to stud. I really hope Mahomes can make some improvement here for John Gosden who has a pedigree to die for. Dam The Fugue won her only race as a 2-year-old at Newmarket and never looked back for trainer John Gosden winning plenty of group races throughout what was a truly brilliant career.

Mahomes was definitely expected to run a better race on debut at Salisbury last month when supported from 100/30 into 11/4 joint favourite but was way green to do himself any justice. Personally, I didn't like the way he carried his head but after 41 days off the track and the blinkers applied I’m willing to give this expensive colt another chance. That doesn't mean he is a banker by any means as we have plenty of dangers here especially the Mark Johnston trained ANNANDALE who was professional on debut and was staying on nicely last timeout. I will be hoping for an each way price on Mahomes but drifting to over 15/2 would be a negative here. 

Good luck and stay safe

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