By News Team
Last Updated: 25th June 2020
With some brilliant Grade One action on Saturday night and plenty of interesting contests in the build-up, Nick Luck has been through the card and pulled out his fancies.
Uni can teach them a lesson
A lovely race for the Grade One Just a Game at Belmont on Saturday night, even if the game is just Which Chad?
That’s a little unfair to last year’s runner-up Beau Recall and more so to the admirable Got Stormy, but the eye is drawn to the match-up between two very different turf females in Brown’s stellar pair of Breeders’ Cup heroines Uni and Newspaperofrecord.
I am siding with Uni (11.08).
First, she has shown in the past she doesn’t need her first run back – she’s a small, handy filly who likely doesn’t take much getting fit. Secondly, the form of her Breeders’ Cup win (over Got Stormy) is excellent – she had Circus Maximus three lengths back in fourth – and, lastly she has a more potent turn of foot on fast ground than any of her rivals.
For me, the game changes if there is more rain than forecast – Newspaperofrecord is a freakish animal with cut in the ground, but in the event it stays away, Uni gets the nod.
Former Simcock runner Mrs Sippy should go well
Mrs Sippy (10.04) might be the answer to an equally compelling New York earlier in the evening.
Graham Motion has his string in decent heart (particularly his top-level fillies) and this ex-Simcock trainee ran a screamer here last year to bustle up the mighty Sistercharlie in the Flower Bowl.
She didn’t do much in the Breeders’ Cup, but may have bounced, and a return to the more forgiving track should help.
Her stamina is assured, as is her fundamental ability to hack it in the US at this level. My Sister Nat is a big danger, no doubt, but the selection should be a fair price.
Dancing to Come good in Vagrancy
I’m excited to see whether Come Dancing (9.32) is back in the game or a busted flush in the Vagrancy.
She would pick these up and carry them on the best of last season’s form, and you have to be very unforgiving to give up on her just yet.
She had probably had enough by Breeders’ Cup time last year, and the comeback in the Apple Blossom when briefly in another barn was just a weird departure point for the year.
She is back among home comforts here, and her workouts suggest she is in good health. I’m very hopeful she can bounce back.
Half an eye on Woodbine
The aforementioned Motion might strike in the Graded race at Woodbine as well. Malakeh, an ex-German mare, is pretty lightly raced for a five-year-old and has strong claims here.
Of her two main rivals, one probably wants further and the other is better known as a sprinter – she receives a good amount of weight from both.
She needs to take another step forward, but she may never get a better opportunity at this level.