17th June 2016
Good afternoon, friends,
In today’s ATC Extra bulletin….
This weekend our target race is the Wokingham Stakes.
This is a Class 2 event for horses aged 3yo+ and rated 0 to 110. It is contested over 6f at Ascot tomorrow afternoon at 5.00. You can watch the race live on C4 and RUK.
A field of 30 runners goes to post on ground currently described as soft.
BUCKSTAY is interesting at prices around 20s….
Jamie Spencer has been on the back of the horse in 2 of his last 3 runs – both over 7f at Ascot where the horse won and finished 3rd – and you’d imagine he’s had something to do with the horse stepping back in trip for a tilt at this prestigious prize rather than going for Wednesday’s Royal Hunt Cup.
Form at 7f is never a bad thing for the Wokingham. Buckstay has that in spades. And in finishing 5th in last season’s Ayr Gold Cup, Buckstay served notice that tomorrow’s stiff 6f might just prove perfect for him.
Buckstay does like going up a rail and he gets stall 1 tomorrow on the stands side (which showed signs of being the favoured side yesterday afternoon). I think he’s exactly where connections wanted him to be. He’ll be staying on very strongly at the end under Spencer and – traffic permitting – I can see him going very close at a big price.
On the other side of the draw in stall 30 I’m also going to support TOOFI at the general 20s.
He’s only had one run for sprint-king Robert Cowell. That was last month at York over an inadequate 5f and the horse finished down the field.
But Cowell and rider Andrea Atzeni will have learnt something about the horse and I expect him to show up as a very different proposition tomorrow for a yard that knows how to win a big sprint – be it a G1 or a big handicap.
The 5yo is rated 103 but that should not be an issue. He was 2nd in the 2015 Stewards Cup behind Magical Memory off a mark of 98 and he went close in the Ayr Gold Cup too off a mark of 102.
Make no mistake. Cowell will improve this horse. He has a habit of making sprinters he inherits faster than they were before. That makes Toofi dangerous tomorrow at a nice price.
How I’ll be playing….
Remember, we don’t have to be betting in hundreds to make the game worthwhile or fun. A spend of a few quid is plenty to be going on with….
Note: Right now the firms are up with place terms of 1/4 1-2-3-4. If you’re backing each-way then you may want to hold fire and wait for Enhanced Place Terms of 1/4 1-2-3-4-5 to appear – as they surely will.
That’s all from me this week. Enjoy your weekend.
Until next time, be lucky.