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Thursday's racing looks quite good with a good selection of classy races, which is always nice to see as we draw closer to the weekend. I've focused on a couple of those races where I think I've found nice angles.
I'm writing this quite early in the day, so the odds haven't quite come out, but I imagine when this is posted the odds will be much shorter than I would be hoping for as the combination of Frankie Dettori & David Menuisier with PURE GOLD stands out. Frankie has only ever rode once for David, which didn't result in a victory, but it goes to show that they must really like their filly in this to book one of the all time greats.
David Menuisier has a very good record at Sandown, and is a venue which he likes to target a lot. He has had 13 winners from 55 runners over the last five years, resulting in a 24% SR which equals a +24.05 profit to level stakes.
This race is a bit of a minefield with all unexposed 2yo fillies, and it's hard to weigh up which form is good and which isn't, but I was impressed with Pure Gold's run at Kempton where she made up a lot of ground from the rear of the field to win by staying on strongly. She probably won with more authority than the winning margins suggest, and I think the horses in 2nd and 3rd could be nice horses and I can see them franking the form in the near future.
Hopefully, the odds will be decent and around 8/1 or a bit more.
Talking about noticeable jockey bookings, David Egan travels to Ireland for one ride in the 7f Group 3 race with PEARLING PATH, who he rode during Royal Ascot. It's not a surprise to see him retain the ride as he managed to steer him to a runner-up position in the Chesham, but it shows how confident David Egan is to go to Leopardstown for the one ride, against the big stables of Ballydoyle and Ger Lyons.
Punters will think his second placed finish in the Chesham was luck due to his odds of 80/1, but I think that was a seriously impressive run and one which should be reliable. He was massively overlooked that day, and probably deserved to be, but he wasn't coming into that race with terrible form and looking like an average horse. He was beaten by the 100/1 newcomer that day of Karl Burke, and that horse looks a really nice prospect and wouldn't surprise me to see him win further Class 1 races and be competitive in a Group 1 race later on in the year, so I think the form will work out quite well. The Chesham is a race which Aidan O'Brien has had a really good record in the past, with the likes of Churchill winning it, so the fact his short-priced favourite was heavily beaten shows how good the top 2 could be.
I think Age Of Kings is a nice horse for Aidan O'Brien, and will probably be suited to this new trip f 7f, but I think he might be bumping into a decent horse in the shape of Pearling Path. The same applies to Ger Lyons' horse, but the thing with Hellsing is that he's only raced once so we don't know enough about him and what level he can be.