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Yesterday showed the sad side of horse racing as the sole selection on Friday, Thistle Do Nicely, went wrong when running around the final bend before entering the straight. It's unfortunate that these things happen in horse racing, and it's not nice to see, my thoughts go out to the connections of Thistle Do Nicely.
Today's racing is top notch and there is a bit of racing for everyone, whether you're a fan of the jumps or love the top tier flat racing.
On form I can't see how MASEKELA loses this race, as he should be head and shoulders above the rest. Unfortunately, this is a 2yo race and they prove time and time again that you shouldn't underestimate the lightly raced unexposed horses.
Coroebus has been well found in the market, and it's no real surprise to see this due to being owned by Godolphin, and trained by Charlie Appleby, who can't do anything wrong this season. This horse was impressive on debut, and he has the pedigree to reach the top level of this sport, but on his second race, this might come a little too soon for him, when you consider the form of the other horses in this race, and the experience they bring to the table.
Masekela was a runner-up to Native Trail in July, and that horse has since become the highest rated 2yo in the UK & Ireland, after he absolutely demolished the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Group 1) at the Curragh, a few weeks ago. Masekela managed to push Native Trail all the way to the line when they met, and he only managed to win by a short head. Since then, Masekela went on to win a Class 1 Listed race at Newbury, beating Bayside Boy, who in turn won a Group 2 at Doncaster beating some well thought of horses, including Reach For The Moon.
Based on what we've seen from the selection in his previous four runs, it would suggest this step up in trip will bring out further improvement, as he was staying on strongly on the last two occasions over 7f, where he either won on the line, or was running on and just failing to win.
Sometimes in horse racing you try and look for good value to go against the favourite, and sometimes you overthink it when in reality the most likely winner is the favourite. This race is one of those races, but this time I will not be overlooking the favourite and I will be backing him. ART POWER should be putting this race to bed if he races to anywhere near his form that he has shown so far on many occasions this season.
This doesn't look like a strong renewal, with many horses being rated in the 90s or low end of the 100s, whereas Art Power comes into this race off a mark of 114, and you can't really argue with that. He finished 5th in Haydock Super Sprint at the start of September, finishing 1.75 lengths behind the winner. Earlier in the season he was 4th in the July Cup and that was a superb effort when you consider he raced on his own for most of the race on the rail, only to be swallowed up late in the race by Starman and the other closers. He was 3rd in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, losing to Dream Of Dreams and Glen Shiel who finished second. When you compare this form to any of the others in this race, it's hard to come up for an argument to go against him, despite not being a great price.
There are a couple in here who will attract market support, and that will be down to their lightly raced profiles. Twilight Spinner has his first start for new trainer Joseph O'Brien. He was bought by his new connections after he was impressive for David O'Meara in his first three starts. He comes into this with a rating of 106, but it is a slight concern that he's not been seen on the track for 127 days, and also his best form has come on heavy ground, which is completely different to today's conditions.