The Upavon Fillies’ Stakes (3.50) at Salisbury on Wednesday looks competitive enough on paper but, after two creditable efforts in defeat in Pattern company, Hertford Dancer can take advantage of a drop in class. Far from disgraced in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock and the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on her two most recent starts, the Foxwedge filly had previous won with something in hand in this grade at Lingfield. The winning jockey that day, Frankie Dettori, returns to the saddle and, back on good ground, the partnership must take a good deal of beating.
John Gosden’s charge has nothing to fear from the other three-year-old fillies in the field, if official ratings are to be believed, and a 7lb weight-for-allowance hands her a significant advantage over her elders, too. Frankie Dettori has a 22-83 (27%) strike rate overall for the yard this season, rising to 20-62 (32%) on three-year-olds, so the statistics provide further cause for optimism, if any were needed.
This is certainly one fit for WackyRaces.net. Earlier today at the 13:40 two year old race in Great Yarmouth, the Charlie McBride trained Mandarin Princess beat the 4-6 race favourite Fyre Cay to win at odds of 50-1. It was quite the performance, even McBride said he wasn’t expecting it. However, shortly after it was revealed – following a scan – that due to a mix up the wrong horse had been entered into the race. It wasn’t 2 year old Mandarin Princess that claimed first place, it was instead 3 year old stablemate Millie’s Kiss.
Funnily enough I was actually at the course at the time, and it made for a strange day as I don’t ever recall this kind of thing happening in the past. I feel bad for those who may have made slip ups that led to this, and for poor old Charlie McBride who seemed rather chuffed with the win at the time.
Most of all though, I’m gutted for those who had a bet on the favourite at the course. While some bookies are paying out on the favourite, for all intents and purposes the result still stands. Therefore those backing the odds on favourite on course (and probably those on betfair) effectively judged the race correctly and should’ve been counting their money but instead lose out due to this freak occurence.
Stewards have now referred the matter to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). What a day!
Newmarket Racecourse is one of the most well known uk race courses, even to non-facing fans. With a 45,000 capacity, it’s one of the finest viewing experiences in the UK for live sport. Some see it as one of the primary, if not the “HQ”, of British horseracing – and with good reason. With the largest collection of training fields in the whole of the UK, this is a location steeped in horse racing history.
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With two Classic Races held here – the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas – as well as a whole host of very competitive Group Races, this is one of the most important venues in the racing circuit within the UK. In total, it hosts just under one third of the Group 1 categories 32 races per year, with a whopping 9.
Racing in the Newmarket area has been a common practice since the days of James I. As such, the foundation and development of such a fantastic racing venue here is no surprise. With two courses in total today – the 2 Mile July Course and the 1600m Rowley Mile, racing fans are offered a lot of variety. These are massively enjoyable racing events that act as two of the best individual racing experiences in the country.
Starting with the Felden Stakes and through to the Zetland Stakes, this is a wonderfully engaging experience. Throughout the year, racing fans can find some of the most endearing and exciting racing (and betting!) opportunities around. As a true relic of the scene, this is definitely a place worth coming to visit on one of the numerous races held from January-November.