Well, last night was very good but it could have been great. 'If only', Ryan Moore hadn't missed the break on Misty For Me, he would surely have won the Filly and Mare Turf (though a few others were hard done to as well in that race).
But in the Ladies Classic - the Distaff, as was - I took a strong view, which I shared on the blog this week. It bears repeating:
Itâ€™s Tricky, Royal Delta
Miss Match, Pachattack, Ultra Blend, Super Espresso
A disappointing turnout this term, with the standout Havre de Grace instead choosing the Classic. In her absence, it looks betweenÂ Itâ€™s TrickyÂ andÂ Royal Delta. The former has been working well since beaten byÂ Plum Pretty, and can be fancied to reverse the form with PP unlikely to get things her way up front this time.
The latter has looked progressive and reliable this season and should at least make the frame.
Miss Match, Ultra BlendÂ andÂ PachattackÂ offer some value for those interested in the longer prices. Theyâ€™re sure to be staying on when others have dogged it in.Â Super EspressoÂ wouldnâ€™t be the biggest surprise ever, though she would be a surprise.
Iâ€™m expecting the favourite, Plum Pretty, to bounce pretty hard after a massive career high last time. I very much doubt she can repeat that and she looks the lay of the day.
Royal Delta beat It's Tricky, with Pachattack and Ultra Blend finishing 3rd and 4th. Plum Pretty ran well but ran out of gas, as expected, and finished 5th.
This was nothing fancy, as the winner was favourite and the second was third choice.
But the exacta (1-2 in correct order) paid $32 for a $2 stake (15/1). Ten of those was a nice start.
And then the trifecta (1-2-3 in correct order)Â paid a whopping $233 for $2 (115.5/1). Five of those was icing on the cake.
And the superfectaÂ (1-2-3-4 in correct order) paid a mildly disappointing $1177.20 for $2 (587.1/1). 30% of that was a nice cherry bonus!
Here's copies of my tickets, and I really hope that some of you followed me in. (Click the images to make full size).
NOTE: Betfair do not accept minimum $0.10 (6p) superfectas, but Victor Chandler do, which is why I was betting super's with them last night. You can signup and / or click through to the superfecta site with the image below:
Superfectas (and the other US tote bets) can be found by clicking US Horse Racing in the left menu, then selecting Churchill Downs (or whichever meeting you're interested in) from the new left menu, choosing your race, and picking 'Superfecta' from the 'Pool Selection' dropdown menu. The superfectas only seem to appear later in the day for some reason, so if it's not there when you look, try again later.
And don't forget to make your stake $0.10 (or whatever you'd like it to be) in the 'Stake Selection' box. I'm pretty sure it defaults to the lowest denomination, $0.10, anyway, but better safe than sorry.
The report that the Bisogno Bulletin readers received included that breakdown, plus the first two in the Juvenile Sprint, 6/1 winner (and third) in the Fillies Turf, the 50/1 trifecta in the Juvenile Fillies, 2nd and 3rd in the Filly and Mare Turf, and that superfecta in the Ladies Classic.
That followed on from Dancing Rain (6/1) and Deacon Blues (5/2) in October's free big meeting preview of Ascot's Champions Day, so we've had a pretty good start. It's a very low key publication: no affiliates, no sales page, not even any link to it in this post. No, I'll keep mentioning it from time and if you're interesting, there will be a link from time to time.
[In fact, if you're really interested, google it, and it should come up!]
Anyway, I promised you some free Breeders Cup tips, so that's what you're getting. Now, obviously, I may have exhausted my quota of good picks last night, but I'm hoping there's still one or two nice priced horses ready to run for me/us.
Here's the full bonus report my Bisogno Bulletin subscribers received, which I'm sure they won't mind me sharing... at least, I hope they won't mind me sharing. (They get a fair amount of other stuff too).
And finally today, I quietly fancy one in the November handicap. Yes, I know it's a big field pinsticker's affair, and I know this boy's probably too old... but he won last time out, he has a middle draw, four of his six wins have come with the word 'soft' in the going description, he finished fourth in the race last year, and he looks set to run well again with luck.
Step forward Classic Vintage. Surprisingly - well, I'm surprised at least - he's available at 22/1 (25's on Betfair). If he wins, it will have been a VERY good start to what ought to be a fantastic late afternoon and evening of racing. 🙂
Have a great Saturday!