Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Room for improvement

Wonderful racing on Day One at Royal Ascot but I am afraid the two feature races were slightly tainted by firstly Peslier being 2lb overweight on Goldikova and then Queally riding a most bizarre race on Frankel.  Canford Cliffs won cosily enough but we will never know whether 2lb less might have delivered a 14th Group One for the mare, talented as he may be it was appalling that Peslier was firstly a pound overweight and then revealed to have swapped his boots after weighing out to add another 1lb that nobody knew about - to be fined a few hundred pounds for such a high profile offence is simply a joke.  As for Queally, we will never know what his instructions were but I could never imagine one of the top jockeys riding a race like this, I am certain that if he had held on to Frankel for another 2f he would have looked much more impressive and I am equally certain that the private debrief from the trainer last night would have been somewhat different to the public version, it will be interesting to see if Juddmonte are happy to put him up again next time.... I think yesterday's run devalued the horse. Anyway, enough of that, onwards, "Sir"' Frank's selections for today...
2.30: Codemaster (95), Havane Smoker (94), Oracle (91), Fury (82)
3.05: Sajjhaa (94), I'm a Dreamer (91), Lolly for Dolly (86), Seta (82)
3.45: So You Think (96), Planteur (93), Rewilding (91), Twice Over (86)
4.25: Kay Gee Be (83), Julienas (80), Proponent (75), Pintura (74)
5.00: n/a
5.35: Winter's Night (97), Rhythm of Light (94), Dubai Queen (89), Humdrum (84)

The brilliant Peslier - but oops yesterday!

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