Angus McNae's top tips for Thursday: Join in with Detachment at 9-1

By Angus McNae
Wed 19 Sep 2018

There will be many nominations for ride of the year as the Industry awards season kicks into gear. My selection will not be popular and it will not win any prizes but it deserves serious recognition.

It is the ride that Ryan Moore gave Saxon Warrior in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown last Saturday.

Forget the tactical nuances of the race and think about how Moore handled Saxon Warrior throughout the last three furlongs.

From a long way out Saxon Warrior wanted to hang to his left, constantly scraping the rail and making himself a difficult ride.

Moore realised something was wrong at an early stage. He resisted the temptation to hit the horse with Group one glory in sight.

He held him together, kept him as balanced as he could and nursed him home. He treated his mount, subsequently found to have a tendon injury, with respect and care, never asking him to give everything.

An empathetic ride which displayed a great level of horsemanship and an even greater level of class. Ride of the year by a mile.

Four selections for you on Thursday, starting with:

2.30 Ayr: Mustaqbal at 11-4

The ground is going to be pretty testing at Ayr this week and in Mustaqbal we have a horse who will clearly handle conditions and he is in good form.

He was most impressive when winning recently on heavy ground at Carlisle (see replay above) and he can make light of a 6lb penalty here for the Michael Dods team. At around 11-4 he should be backed with confidence.

2.40 Pontefract: Detachment at 9-1

Trainer Les Eyre had a winner at Beverley on Wednesday and at 9-1 his horse here looks to be good value.

Detachment was not beaten far at Doncaster last time and looks to be well treated off a mark of 69. This mile trip suits him ideally and a decent draw in stall 3 is an added bonus. This is a competitive handicap but at the price he is well worth a go.

3.05 Ayr: Weld Al Emarat at 6-1

Clearly not the easiest to train but he shaped promisingly at Chepstow last time out and is dangerously well handicapped.

He was well backed on that occasion and might just have needed the run on the back of a five-month lay-off. He is just the type of horse that trainer Mick Easterby does well with and he continues in good form. He trades at about 6-1 and that is very fair.

5.25 Pontefract: Seamster

This consistent sprinter is well treated and has recently shaped as if a win is near to hand.

I thought he ran particularly well when finishing a good third of 14 to Captain Lars at Catterick last time out and from a good draw here he has a decent chance of finally getting his head in front again.

The last time he won was in November 2017 off a mark of 80. He now gets to race off 66, which gives him a live chance of success.

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