No rides for me this weekend as I have just started my 10-day totting-up suspension which rules me out of not only the Ayr Gold Cup, but also next week’s Cambridgeshire meeting. It is one of those things, but I can use that time to refresh and also spend some time with the family. We don’t have any plans to go away, except maybe for a few days in Suffolk. With all the little ones at home, not to mention the horses, there won’t be too much sitting around! Anyway, here are my thoughts on some of the King Power horses I’ll be missing out on this weekend….
BIELSA, SUNDAY SOVEREIGN and FIVETHOUSANDTOONE – 3.40pm Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup Handicap
The only good thing about being suspended this weekend is that I didn’t have to make the choice between King Power’s three runners in the Ayr Gold Cup. Honestly you can make decent cases out for all three of them and I’ll be watching on with real interest. Bielsa ran really well in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood last time when a bit isolated. There is a bit of rain around and the more that falls, I guess the better his chances. The same can be said for Sunday Sovereign who finally got his head in front last time. Whether he wants six furlongs is open to question, but now that he has starting winning, he could go well. Finally, I’ve always had a soft spot for Fivethousandtoone (pictured below on right) and I’m convinced he’ll run really well. You can put a line through his last run as he lost a shoe and he definitely has plenty of class. He could just be the value in a wide-open race.
FOXES TALES – 2.50pm Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes (Group 3)
All eyes will be on Al Aasy now he has been gelded as he takes on four in the Legacy Cup at Newbury. He obviously brings plenty of class to the race but takes on a fast-improving type of King Power’s in Foxes Tales. He obviously won at Royal Ascot and then was brave again at Haydock last time. He will relish the step up in trip and the rain earlier in the week will have helped his cause too. Whether he can beat Al Aasy remains to be seen but Oisin (Murphy) will give it a good go.
PIVOINE – 3.25pm Dubai Duty Free Handicap (Class 2)
The three-year-olds look to hold all the aces in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap where Pivoine will take his chance against them. He ran much better at York last time when second to Aramaic who re-opposes again. He will be tough to beat again and we meet him on worse terms. The faster the ground the better for Pivoine who may need the sun to come out.