13:35 Deauville – Victor Ludorum 6/4 2pt Win
A small field Group 2 over in Deaville, I will be capitalising on Victor Ludorum’s larger price as he looks to get back to winning ways.
I took the view following the Prix Du Jockey Club that Victor Ludorum was the best horse, he was unfavourably drawn and had to go the long way round to make his challenge. Given we have a smaller field here there should be no issue travelling a lot smoother.
As Mishriff was the winner of the big one last month, he has rightfully taken his spot at the top of the market. Despite having some traffic problems he did have the easier trip round from Victor Ludorum. The fact he’s here gives us a better price on Victor Ludorum.
It looks a straight matchup, I expect them to finish the 1–2.
15:35 Newbury – Dream Of Dreams 9/4 2pt Win
My first bet from the UK action comes from Newbury’s main event, the Unibet Hungerford Stakes. I think Dream Of Dreams is a cracking bet in this field, he’s got some fantastic form at Group 1 level and this step up in trip looks like it will suit.
Dream Of Dreams strikes me as a horse with loads of ability but needs time between his races this is backed up by his performances last season. Starting with Royal Ascot for the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, he was flying at the finish but denied by Blue Point. He went to back that up in the July Cup, going off 2nd fav and finishing tenth of twelve well beaten by inferior rivals.
This year they have decided to swerve the July Cup, they also avoided Goodwood and have stepped him up to 7-furlongs for the first time since 2018. That season he did run in this race, finishing 2nd splitting Breton Rock and Sir Dancealot.
There are plenty of doubts surrounding the other main protagonists, Threat despite having some very nice form to his name as a 2yr old is yet to build upon it. Surf Dancer bounced back to form the last day, you can pick holes in that form though and this will require more improvement.
I can see Breathtaking Look taking them along, given this horse having stamina doubts I don’t think they will go a very strong pace and this could also help my selection who’s ideal conditions would be a stamina testing 6-furlongs.