Take Van Ellis at Newbury
Racing is on at Brighton, Ayr, Newbury, Lingfield and Wolverhampton today, with Belmont Park and Finger Lakes offering simulcast racing from North America.
Ayr stages its big three-day Ayr Gold Cup meet up North, but our pick, VAN ELLIS (Kieron Fallon up), is at Newbury in the 26th race, the $3.3 million Dubai Duty Free Cup (Listed) over seven furlongs. Ten have been declared with VAN ELLIS highly fancied at 7-2.
Meanwhile, last weekend CAMELOT's dream of becoming the first English Triple Crown winner since the legendary NIJINSKY in 1970 went up in smoke when he was beaten by the 25-1 outsider ENCKE in the St Leger, season's final classic, over 14 furlongs at Doncaster last Saturday.
At the line, ENCKE held on to win by three-quarter length from the fast-finishing but luckless CAMELOT, ridden by 19-year-old Joseph O'Brien for his father, Ireland's top trainer Aidan O'Brien.
ENCKE provided Sheik Mohammed's Godolphin racing outfit with its sixth St Leger winner, tied for second on the list with the 17th Earl of Derby and the third Aga Khan.
The win was a triumph for the Godolphin's up-and-coming duo of jockey Mickael Barzalona and trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, who brought ENCKE to Doncaster off a third-place finish in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on August 22.
Barzalona got ENCKE revved up outside the leaders with just under two furlongs to run down the Doncaster straight. He quickly opened up a three-length lead on the field and with CAMELOT caught in traffic on the inside at this stage, he held on well to beat CAMELOT, who was losing for the first time in six outings.
SELECT WRITER'S TIPS:
(7) Boston Rocker
(12) Majestic Moon
(19) Hannibal Hayes
(23) Seven Veils
(26) Van Ellis
Post time 7:30 a.m.
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