Andrew Balding: My thoughts on our 17 Saturday runners
The Betway ambassador previews all of his runners at the Newmarket July Festival, Ascot, York, and Chester on Saturday, plus one for Sunday at Salisbury.
We’ve got plenty of runners on a very busy Saturday.
Newmarket July Meeting
Wilderness Girl is a grand filly. I’ve been pleased with how she’s been shaping up at home. It’s hard to know what to expect from their first runs, but she’s one to look forward to for the future (13:30).
Nebulosa disappointed at Haydock last time, but I do think she’s on a decent mark. Her work at home has been excellent and, as long as she handles the quicker ground, she should go well (14:05).
Masekela was disappointing in the Chesham at Royal Ascot, as I really thought he’d take some beating. Oisin [Murphy] said he just got bogged down in the rain-softened ground, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he gets on at this level on faster ground. He’s a horse we rate highly (15:15).
Shine So Bright has rather lost his way a little bit since showing huge promise earlier in his career. He has run well in good races and he will like these conditions, so we’re more hopeful than confident that he’ll run with credit (15:50).
Symbolize is a much-improved horse this year. He had a decent holiday and his gelding operation has appeared to help him, too. His work has been excellent and, although you need plenty of luck in races like this, I’d like to think he’ll run well (15:50).
Chil Chil runs in the July Cup (16:25). It’s a big step up in class for her, but she really couldn’t have been more impressive in winning her last two starts. It’s the right race to let her take her chance at this level.
Spirit Mixer won well last time. He’s creeping up the weights but he’s improving with each run. He wouldn’t be without a chance in this competitive race (17:00).
Nietzsche’s Star is a fine, big horse who also goes well at home. Again, you don’t know what to expect first time up, but he’ll have an exciting future (13:50).
Happy Power is a real 7f specialist and it’s frustrating that we’ve not got anywhere to go with him. It’s a true testament to his natural ability that he’s been placed in a Sussex Stakes and in a Celebration Mile. That just shows his versatility, which makes me think he can run with credit (15:00).
Achelois was unlucky at Sandown last time. She’s been in good form at home and I don’t think she’ll be too far away (16:10).
Recovery Run ran much better than it looked like at Royal Ascot last time. This is a strong race and he’s got to concede weight all around, but he’s a good horse on his day and I think he’ll have a squeak (16:45).
Morando loves soft ground and I believe they have a bit more forecast at York. He’s in good shape at home, but he is eight now and isn’t getting any younger, so he’s always going to be vulnerable to younger legs (14:20).
Good Birthday has crept into this race at the bottom of the weights and Callum Hutchinson takes off a very valuable 7lb too. He wouldn’t want it too soft up there, but he’s in good form this season and won the Zetland Gold Cup last time (16:05).
Johnny Drama also runs in the same race (16:05). His turf rating is a lot lower than his all-weather rating and, although he’s been off for a while since his busy winter campaign, I’m happy with his fitness levels. He’s run well at York in the past, too.
Oo De Lally is tough and consistent. He’s just keeps on producing and was a good winner last time out. He loves soft ground and, with the ground, track and trip all to suit, I expect him to go well. He’s drawn wide, but he’s a forward-going horse so he should be OK (15:25).
Star Caliber is a horse who stays well. He’s stepped up in his work since his latest run and I hope he’ll give a good account of himself on just his fourth career start (16:00).
The Kodi Kid disappointed last time but, bar that performance, I’ve been pleased with him. He likes ease in the ground and could go well if things fall right for him (17:40).
Sunday at Salisbury
Tex Australia has been disappointing so far since joining the yard. She’s got ability but she needs to show it on the track (17:20).
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