A huge amount of racing for everyone to enjoy over the weekend. As the weather gets cooler, there is no cooling down with action at Redcar, Newcastle, Newmarket, Curragh, Lingfield and plenty around the globe.
I have picked out two suggestions to be backing on a busy Saturday.
The feature race on ITV this weekend has to be the Northumberland Plate; a brilliant race that has enjoyed some fantastic renewals. One key trend that my selection is going to need to break is the age trend here. Fifteen of the last eighteen winners were six or younger which is good news for favourite backers keen on Australis.
It is Magic Circle who gets my vote in this competitive handicap. He has had a yard switch to Richard Fahey and been off the track over the year. This is some race to make a reappearance in; he was last seen running in the 2019 Gold Cup at Ascot, which was won by the fantastic Stradivarius.
Looking over his old form, a mark of 108 looks fair. This group three winner can be involved and will be of interest for the rest of the season to me, no matter how he gets on today.
#RUKMomentOfTheDay: The Melbourne Cup dream is alive for @drmarwanK & @ianwilliamsraci as Magic Circle wins impressively @Sandownpark.
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Galileo Chrome - Each Way
This race perhaps is the most open renewal of an Irish Derby in some time, owing to the way the season has gone in part and perhaps with the fact those involved aren’t quite at the level one would expect to be winning a race of this nature. As ever, Aidan O’Brien has his team ready for battle with no less than seven in the field. We also have a ride in the race for BetVictor ambassador Rachael Blackmore. You can read her views on King Of The Throne in her latest blog.
When it comes to a selection in the race, I think this year is ripe for a mini-upset at least and I will be playing Galileo Chrome at a huge 40/1 each way. Joseph O’Brien runs a more fancied stablemate in Crossfirehurricance but I just think that the profile of Galileo Chrome is very interesting in the context of this race. He improved when returning to action this season to win over one mile two, beating King Of The Throne on the line. he needed every inch of the trip that day and had to overcome some difficulties in running.
Last year Sovereign gave the trainer’s father a huge-priced winner. This year it can be Joseph’s turn to land the race with a huge-priced runner.
Plenty to like here – Irish Derby entry Galileo Chrome (Australia) overcomes trouble in running to open his account for @JosephOBrien2 at @curraghrace @CrosseShane
Results ➡ https://t.co/glajGV55GR pic.twitter.com/HUpS8P9QGV
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) June 12, 2020