Oh so close
Gary McKenzie on a week of close calls, including a decent Placepot
I have watched last weeks 2000 Guineas again and again, and I am convinced Master Of The Seas was unlucky. Not unlucky in the sense of not getting a run. But that his head was in front just before, and a stride after, the winning line.
It was a good run and he did actually settle okay for a change. I think he will come on again for the run.
But what can you say about Jim Bolger? He won his second Newmarket Guineas with a horse who is the son of his other Guineas winner. His Grandsire won the Derby.
Poetic Flare is owned by Jackie Bolger, who is married to the trainer, while the winning jockey, Kevin Manning, is their son in law.
The scary thing for any rivals of Poetic Flare is that his master trainer says “He is the most complete racehorse I’ve ever had”
He may be seen in the Irish 2;000 Guineas next and the St James Palace Stakes is also on the agenda. Third placed Lucky Vega ran a good race too and may reoppose in either, or both, of those races.
I did manage to get the winner of the 1000 Guineas when Mother Earth gave Frankie Dettori his 20th British classic. The winner foiled two gambles. The ante post one on stable mate Santa Barbara and the pre race one on Alcohol Free.
Santa Barbara did better than I expected from a once raced filly and she will surely come on for the run. She will go up in trip next I think.
Did her proud
Jane Chapple-Hyam had to wait 24 hours for her first Classic runner after Albadri was withdrawn from the 2000 Guineas. Saffron Beach did her proud with her runner up performance behind Mother Earth. She could go for the Oaks next.
Getting back to me (it’s always about me) and another close call when I narrowly missed out on the Placepot on Sunday.
I thought Lavenders Blue would definitely finish in the first three of the Dahlia. And I was correct. Unfortunately there was a non runner and her third place run counted for nothing. M
She was my only selection out of the frame. The Placepot paid £116. By Tuesday I had stopped crying and banging my head on the wall.
Good Luck All