Course form points to Hot Streak and Spencer
22 August 2014
There has been, and will continue to be, much debate about the defeat of Taghrooda yesterday in the Yorkshire Oaks.
Let's simplify that debate now by outlining the possible reasons for her loss and then find a conclusion.
In my column yesterday I stated that defeat could be on the agenda for Taghrooda if she recoiled after her big effort when winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last month and perhaps it was the case that she was feeling the effects of that race.
I also stated that it was possible that in a small field she could be keen early on, and she was a bit free for the first furlong and a half or so.
It could also be argued that having travelled strongly she was committed for home too early by Paul Hanagan.
Perhaps one, or all, of these played a part.
The most under-used excuse for defeat in this sport is perhaps the real reason she lost, namely that she was simply not good enough.
Taghrooda was beaten by a filly who is on the up, who stayed the trip better and got a brilliant stalking ride from Ryan Moore. Connections of Taghrooda made no excuses afterwards and perhaps we should not be looking for any.
The sectional times for the race reveal that in each of the last four furlongs Tapestry ran faster than Tahgrooda.
If we could point to a part of the race where Taghrooda did too much we could highlight two quick sectionals from the six to the five and then the five to the four. She may have paid for this a little in the latter stages, but overall the figures courtesy of Turftrax tell us Tapestry was much the best.
There was no joy with our selections yesterday and a deficit of five points at the meeting to a level stake will take some pegging back. However let’s be positive and really attack the meeting today.
First up I will be backing Hot Streak each-way in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.
This horse is two from two at the Knavesmire and this sharp five furlongs is right up his street. He was not beaten far by Sole Power at Royal Ascot and then found the ground to be too dead in the July Cup.
He obviously needs to find his best form here to win, but at this track an ability to handle the surface is more important than at many others and his record here is exemplary. He should be backed each-way at 15-2 with William Hill.
Secondly I am keen on Chancery in the opener at 1.55. This horse has a good record at the track and has been shaping well of late without troubling the judge. I think he has been targeted at this contest, which represents the easiest task he has had of late.
Expect him to be given a patient ride and to travel well.
If nothing else he is a good horse to use as a trading vehicle on the exchanges. That said I will be backing him each-way at 12-1 with Ladbrokes.
Angus McNae's Friday selections: