It is the final knockings of the flat season this weekend. Hundreds of grizzled and seasoned campaigners will take to the turf at Doncaster and Newbury while novices will try jumping at Aintree and Chepstow. The seasons turn.
The biggest race is the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. Ballydoyle’s resident wunderkind Aidan O’Brien has a stranglehold on this contest having won five from twelve renewals and only a Paddy-phobe would want to back against his horses.
Septimus looks the best of the entries. His battling win in a group two race at the Curragh on his last outing marked this son of Sadlers Wells out as an emerging horse to follow next year.
The big betting race of the day is Stanjamesuk.com Handicap at Newbury and Benedict is a strong fancy to prove well blessed. This horse has been running very well over a mile, but looks like he will thrive over further. Benedict is also ultra-consistent. He has not finished out of the place for his current trainer John Berry.
For those that think the local flat racing is, well, a little flat there is the Breeders’ Cup meeting next weekend to look forward to. In the meantime Electrocutionist is surely unbeatable in the Woodbine Canadian International on Sunday.
Newbury 3:10 Benedict (win)
Doncaster 3:30 Septimus (win)