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The Flat:

Newmarket – July Cup – Fairyland (Notebook from Royal Ascot)

Ascot Day One, Fairyland, 5th King Stand, – Result 3rd 10/1
Having not stayed in either of the English or Irish Guineas, this was a fair step back in trip, but she acquitted herself extremely well, showing plenty of pace over this minimum trip against some real speedsters. She couldn’t quite match the blistering speed of the front two, but stayed on really well and in a few more strides would have grabbed 3rd. A sixth furlong would be ideal and she’d be massive player in the July Cup, which we feel would be the next logical step for her where she would get all the allowances for being a 3yo filly.
Ante Post: July Cup at Newmarket, 13th July – Fairyland (e/w) 25/1 Paddy Power & Betfred.
Update, 10th July –
Now generally a 10/1 chance.

Rock Eagle – Ebor Handicap at York 24th August: 20/1 with Unibet – Non Runner
Rock Eagle, Ralph Beckett, 4yo Gelding.
A lightly raced 4yo who’s open to any amount of improvement having landed some nice bets for us at the end of last season when winning at Newmarket. Unraced as a 2yo he made his 3yo debut and Windsor, winning well as a relatively unfancied 10/1 shot. He was then 2nd at Salisbury before winning again at Windsor, albeit a pretty average race. He then stepped up massively in grade in a high class Goodwood handicap, where he showed an immense amount of promise staying on strongly into 4th place. That run suggested he needed to step up in trip and being a raw inexperienced horse that first real race would have done him a lot of good. His final race at Newmarket was over 1m4f and he travelled like a classy horse and won with a lot more in hand than the winning margin suggests. He’s a potential huge improver this year over 1m4f and more likely over slightly further. With the huge pot that is now on offer for winning the Ebor Handicap at York, for which he looks an ideal candidate we’d very much expect his season to be tailored towards that race. He’s been raised from a mark of 92 to 97 after that victory at Newmarket and we’re sure he’ll prove to be well above that rating.
Unibet are the only bookmakers that seem to have price that race as yet, and we’d suggest an interest at the 20/1 on offer.
Rock Eagle – Ebor Handicap at York 24th August: 20/1 with Unibet
Update: Following support from Members, Rock Eagle has shortened to 14/1 with Unibet.
Hopefully other bookmakers will price the race up soon and the 20/1 will again be on offer. – Skybet are now 20/1.
Ran a really encouraging race at Goodwood staying in nicely behind much higher rated rivals.
With the entries now made, Rock Eagle is number 32 in the list, with 22 due to run, so we’d be hopeful he’ll get in. – Generally now 25/1.
Frustratingly it looks like Rock Eagle is a likely non-runner on the Ebor. We’re not sure why, bit we’re trying to find out.

Ante Post: Cheltenham Festival 2010: – A Plus Tard – Ryanair Chase, generally 20/1

Star Performance:
A Plus Tard, Close Brothers Handicap Chase.
Making only his 4th chase start for Henry de Bromhead he put in an polish display of jumping to turn what is a notoriously competitive handicap into an absolute procession. Tracking the leaders he jumped for fun, taking it up 2 out and clearing away as though the rest of the field stood still and watch, winning by an ever increasing 16 lengths. Having timed him from the 2nd last fence to the winning post he finished in a quicker time than the Arkle winner earlier in the day, having raced over half a mile further. If you also take into account the last really impressive winner of this race being Road To Respect a couple of years ago, winning by 6 lengths off a mark of 145. A Plus Tard won his race off a mark of 144 by 10 lengths further. Whilst you can’t take that literally as the quality of the opposition might not be the same, it gives you an idea of the performance A Plus Tard put in. By the same sire as Clan Des Obeaux, he looks to have the world at his feet and we can’t wait to see what he can do in the seasons to come.
Ante Post: Cheltenham Festival 2010: – A Plus Tard – Ryanair Chase, generally 20/1

Update: Being only a six year old next year, we feel it’s very unlikely he’ll be aimed at a Gold Cup, so the Ryanair is most likely and we’d advise some 20/1 for that race is taken.