By Angus McNae
It will be a privilege to be part of Racing UK’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup from Del Mar on Friday and Saturday night. With that in mind I am going to recommend a bet for Saturday and also have two more selections for today.
As far as today is concerned I like a couple of horses chances at Nottingham.
This horse has shaped well recently without getting a lot of luck. She is a consistent type who ran well when runner-up here at Nottingham last time out and despite a 3lb rise she looks set to go well again.
I also believe a two furlong drop in trip will suit her because, for a stayer, she travels comfortably in her races. This is not a particularly strong handicap and she looks set to go well again under William Cox, who knows her well.
Trainer Scott Dixon had a good day at Catterick on Tuesday and he can keep up the good work with this horse, who won well at Brighton last time.
In that race first-time cheekpieces seemed to eek out a little bit of improvement and he wears them again on Wednesday. Cut in the ground suits him and he is a very consistent type.
David Allen takes the ride, which is a bonus, and provided Break The Silence responds to the headgear again this horse looks sure to run a massive race.
Each-way double on the pair above.
It could be a very good night for Sir Michael Stoute with these two classy performers, who both will be ideally suited to Del Mar.
Ulysses has his perfect set up here. Fast ground and a sharp mile and a half looks absolutely ideal for this horse whose main asset is his speed. I can see him travelling very strongly and provided he gets a good trip on this right track his finishing speed could be telling.
It is a credit to his guts and raw ability that he ran so well in the King George, on soft ground, and in the Arc - again on easy ground. On both occasions he was left frustrated by the conditions that blunted his main weapon. He looks certain to go very close.
He should be doubled up with Queen’s Trust, who looks to win back-to-back renewals of the Filly and Mare Turf.
She has had a very similar season to last year, where a combination of moderate rides and racing over a mile and half have been against her. She came good last year under a brilliant Frankie Dettori ride on fast ground over her ideal trip and she looks set to do the same again this time around.
Queen’s Trust is a very talented filly and I get the feeling this race has been her target all year. She is relatively fresh and has everything in place to give of her best, which will probably be good enough to win.
These two should be put in an each-way double and you can learn you fate live and in HD on Racing UK.
Angus McNae's top tips for Wednesday:
2.00 Nottingham: St Mary’s at a general 3-1
Saturday: 11.37 Del Mar (Breeders Cup Turf) Ulysses at 11-4 with Bet365