THE bets bets from Saturday’s racing from Graeme Johnston (@GraemeJ_83).
14:00 Sandown | Channel 4
A five furlong Group 3 that is weakened by the withdrawal of likely favourite Mecca’s Angel. This is a race that looks short of strength and depth as most of the field are regressive with their glory days behind them. This however cannot be said about the favourite Waady.
Waady has had six career starts winning on four occasions and has developed into a sprinter of real potential. This is his first try at Group level but I feel he is up to the task.
Three of his career victories have come over today’s course and distance, the last of which was an impressive victory in a Listed race beating Profitable by two lengths. Profitable is a Listed winner himself and ran with distinction at Royal Ascot so Waady has some solid form in the book.
His sole defeat this season came in a strongly contested Haydock Listed race where he all but blew his chances at the start with an uncharacteristically slow break.
Waady is easily the most progressive runner in the field and I make him a confident selection to take this before going on to bigger and better things later in the season.
14:15 Haydock | Channel 4
The Lancashire Oaks has attracted a slightly below average field for a Group 2, and most of the field have form that ties in with one another. Five of these met in a Group 3 over course and distance and it was a messy race.
There are reasons why the form could be reversed as the winner Miss Marjurie got first run on the field who got in each others way before running on, but that is over looking the fact that she was a decisive winner in the end.
She has taken her form to a whole new level this season, with wins at Listed and Group 3 level, and I believe that she has improved from four to five years old.
She hails from the unfashionable Denis Coakley yard, and I believe if she was trained by John Gosden or Sir Michael Stoute she would be a short price favourite for this. The 6/1 on offer on her winning is a far bigger price than she should be and I expect her to uphold the course and distance form.