Finally back on track last Saturday after a lengthy losing run. Losing runs are an unavoidable hazard for anybody backing horses and they do shake the confidence of almost all backers. The key is to stick with what has worked for you in the past but it is always a relief to get that elusive winner so well done to Hurricane Lane who was advised at 11/2 but who shortened to 4/1 on the day.
We have two for this `Saturday and the first, like Hurricane Lane, was another placed in an Epsom classic. This time it is the Oaks rather than the Derby that provides the selection as we look to the 2.40 at Haydock and to MYSTERY ANGEL (11/2 Coral, Ladbroke, William Hill) to improve on her second place behind Snowfall at Epsom.
She’s had a busy campaign, this being her 7th race of 2021, but she has gradually improved, winning the Pretty Polly in authoritative fashion in early May before finishing a fair fourth in the Musidora at York.
Although she then finished 16 lengths behind Snowfall next time u in the Oaks, she was a clear second best and had some useful fillies behind her. It could be that the bare result in the Oaks wasn’t a clear expression of the relative ability of the participants but at this stage it is hard to crab Mystery Angel’s effort and she could still offer more yet.
Up against older fillies here it will be a stern enough test and Alpinista has a second placed effort in Group 1 company to her own name, having been runner-up to Love in last year’s Yorkshire Oaks. That was excellent and she shaped well on her reappearance when just getting up to head Makawee in a Listed race at Goodwood. She’s taken on slightly reluctantly but like all betting, it is the price that is important and with Mystery Angel at 11/2 she is worth a bet.
The second bet is at Sandown in the 4.45 where I expect THIRD KINGDOM (5/1 generally), dropped down in trip and building on a fair seasonal debut, to get back to winning ways. His maiden win on Newcastle’s artificial surface was the culmination of a progressive two year old campaign. He’ll need to improve on his seasonal debut in May, where he faded over a mile, but I expect plenty improvement dropped back to 7 furlongs and with a run under his belt.