By News Team
24th July 2020
An intriguing day of racing as the most famous and infamous – Enable and Maximum Security – draw eyeballs from across the world.
Sovereign can serve it up to Enable
I likened Enable’s rivals in the King George (3:35pm) to the trio from Ballydoyle that took on Sea The Stars in the Juddmonte of 2009, but realised that was an error: this time, all three of Enable’s rivals are Group One winners, two of them over this trip. As such, she faces quite a task even if ratings and her pleasing enough Eclipse performance give her a clear edge.
At the prices, I think SOVEREIGN, under William Buick, is the play at 12/1. Much was made of the way he won the Irish Derby last year, and it is true it was a big step up, but in addition to beating Antony Van Dyk by six, he smashed up fellow pace pusher and very useful Norway by eight and a half lengths. His comeback run (over too far and circumspectly ridden) offered plenty of encouragement, while he doesn’t mind a bit of cut in the ground if the rains come, a comment that does not apply to either Antony Van Dyk or Japan – it’s not hard to envisage him getting loose on the lead again.
Maximum respect for Security but taking him on
And although I would love for his own sake for Maximum Security to win the San Diego handicap at Del Mar (2:30am, Sunday), there must be obvious grounds for opposing him on this idiosyncratic surface on his first run for Bob Baffert under a new rider.
I’m taking a chance that MIDCOURT can bounce back with the blinkers back on at a track that his seen him post two standout performances. He is likely to adopt a nice stalking spot and can appreciate this cut back in distance.
Rum looks the perfect tonic at York
I’ll be heading to York for the remainder of my bets on Saturday. First, I like RUM BABA in the seven-furlong handicap (1:30pm). He was progressing nicely before a blowout at Kempton last time, but that is easily forgiven as he had an awful trip and was forced very wide in a steadily run race. Cheekpieces on may help and he’s given another chance.
Scheme can Award his supporters
Second, I’m keen on AWARD SCHEME in the fillies’ handicap (2:05pm) at 11/4. The trainer can’t stop having winners and I was really impressed with this filly’s attitude when pulling clear with a useful rival at Salisbury last time.
Outsider fancied in York Stakes
Finally, a punt on LORD GLITTERS in the York Stakes at 11/1. The old boy looked in good shape at Ascot on his return, when it looked as though another stab at 10 furlongs was well worth a try. He ran very creditably in the Juddmonte here last year, form which ties him in closely with Elarqam and Regal Reality, and he really won’t mind if the rain falls.