The only photo fiiting for today's blog is that of the greatest flat horse ever IMO – FRANKEL. Today (hopefully) is the last chance we will see this beautiful creature doing what he was born to do. I feel very lucky to have been able to see this world class horse every time he has run, for me his Guineas win is still the one that I love the most. I just hope today goes well, for me if it's too soft then don't run him. If the ground was like this for any other race then I don't think they would run him. I'm sure it's only because it's his swansong that they are even contemplating it. To be fair though I'd rather remember him for his Juddmonte win than see him turned over on sloppy ground by a French horse that isn't fit to shoe him. For me I will be sad we won't see him in action again, farewell to the superstar, enjoy your retirement and I'm sure you'll enjoy your stud career!
On to the tips now – a couple of Lucky 15's for you all. Hope they produce some profit.
Hold on Julio 1540 Cheltenham – was a very promising horse last year and flopped on his biggest race at he Festival. Surely something had to be amiss there. He will trounce these today if back to his best. (3rd – 13/2)
Rite of Passage 1345 Ascot – won the Gold Cup in 2010. Only had one run since then in a race that wasn't far enough. Two miles today should suit him. (WON 8-1)
Slade Power 1420 Ascot (nb) – was very impressive in his two Listed wins. He will enjoy the ground and is one to keep an eye on, I was very impressed by his battling performance to win at Haydock. Society Rock gave me a lovely profit last time out but I just feel he will get turned over today. (Unplaced)
Shirocco Star 1455 Ascot – this horse is ultra consistent with seconds in both the English and Irish Oaks. Has run a little flat too but I reckon today is the day to finally get her head infront, a perfect horse for Fallon. (2nd – 10-1)
Big Easy 1620 Cheltenham – was a good novice last term. Won well twice over 20f on good to soft ground in a class 3 and class 2. This is more competitive but this boy could have plenty of improvement in him. (Unplaced)
Talkonthestreet 1400 Cheltenham – two wins over this trip in the spring showed some real class in him. A very creditable third to the excellent Ambion Wood at Perth followed and anything similar should see him take this. (4th)
Tartak 1430 Cheltenham – (NAP) was a very good horse but seemed to really disappoint on his last few runs for Tom George. Tim Vaughan is a trainer I like and he is very bullish about his chances. Three of the last five winners of this race have carried more than 11st 10lbs. He has a serious chance at a great price. (Unplaced)
Baby Mix 1505 Chletenham – (treble) this horse is one of my favourites and while his Festival run didn't work out he was very impressive at Kempton. He has the class and although giving 8lbs to Dodging Bullets will be tough he can do it. Paul Nicholls in his column today wasn't too bullish about this is one and said he will come on heaps for the run. (3rd – 5-2)
Fingers crossed we get some profit. Enjoy the racing and the finale of Frankel the equine god!