Here is my 801-1 Flat season accumulator for you
22 May 2015
After a week away in a sunnier part of the world I am refreshed and ready to launch myself at a very busy six weeks of racing on Racing UK. Before I give you my view on the best bets of the day, I am going to give you some food for thought as regards what has happened during the Flat season so far.
A brief 10-point overview that will hopefully get the juices flowing.
1. Gleneagles is the best horse we have seen this season after his win in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, and will remain unbeaten all year.
2. Golden Horn is rightly favorite for the Investec Derby, following his win in the Dante Stakes, but will his stamina desert him when he needs it most?
3. The international challengers at Royal Ascot next month may steal the show. Freddy Head’s Solow and We Are to name but two likely big players.
4. A total of 37 years of hurt are going to be extinguished by American Pharaoh at Belmont Park on June 6 - Derby day at Epsom, when he becomes the first horse since Affirmed to win the Triple Crown with a win in the Belmont Stakes.
5. Lady Of Dubai must run in the Oaks after her win in the Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood on Thursday. The distaff side of her pedigree is laden with stamina.
6. Silvestre De Sousa has a real shot at the revamped jockeys’ championship.
7. We are in the middle of spring and are about to enter summer. Why is there so much jump racing cluttering up the racing calendar?
8. Treve is better than ever and will win the Prix De l'Arc De Triomphe for an historic third time.
9. John Gosden will be champion trainer in 2015.
10. Telescope will win the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.
I fire these at you in no particular order of preference, but if pushed I believe that my contention that Treve will win the Arc would be my strongest of the above.
While filming Planet Turf recently I visited the dual Arc winner at Criquette Head-Maarek's yard and believe me she is a different horse this year. She is over her problems, is stronger and happier and working the house down.
She is being specifically targeted at the race with just three prep runs and it will take a very special horse to turn her over. She is currently 5-1 across the board to win the Arc. That is a tremendous price, and she is likely to be much shorter on the day.
As far as more immediate investments are concerned I am keen on Hot Streak posting back-to-back wins in the Betfred.com Temple Stakes.
He was impressive when taking the race last year and with Sole Power out of the way the race looks tailor-made for him again.
He ran well on his comeback at Longchamp, where he was unable to dominate and weakened late on as if he needed the race.
He should be all the better for that, and I can see him making all here and at 5-1 he represents excellent value. If you are an in-running player he also represents decent back-to-lay potential.
My other selection today is Mutarakez in the the Betfred Silver Bowl at Haydock. He was a decisive winner of the Esher Cup and this lightly-raced horse is open to bags of improvement.
He still looked green and inexperienced in the run at Sandown, and he will have learned a lot from that race. He does have stall 10 to overcome and some very credible opponents, but I think 411 is a fair price and he is a confident selection.
Angus McNae's Saturday tips:
2.35 Haydock: Mutarakez 4-1 at Bet365 and Bet Victor
3.45 Haydock: Hot Streak 6-1 generally available
Each-way double Hot Streak 6-1 Mutarakez 4-1 at 35-1 with Bet365.
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: Treve at 5-1 generally available.
Angus McNae's Flat season accumulator with Skybet at 801.90-1:
American Pharoah to win the Belmont Stakes at 6-5
Telescope to win the Hardwicke Stakes at 5-4
Solow to in the Queen Anne Stakes at 2-1
Treve to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at 5-1
Silvestre de Sousa to win the 2015 jockeys' championship at 8-1
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