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‘Spring’ is in the Autumn air

Published: 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spring Cosmos is way superior in a Fillies’ Novice Stakes over six furlongs of Kempton polytrack tonight, Charlie Appleby’s charge is nigh unopposable and yet another Godolphin winner looks the likely outcome; not original selecting but there is an old saying, ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join them!’

Obviously so many of the vast battalions of ‘the boys in blue’ are in a totally different league to others, fortunes are paid for ‘super-breds and, apparently, the ‘business plan’ involves more than FOUR-HUNDRED in training.

Good ‘business’ for contract jockeys, James Doyle and William Buick, who partnered Spring Cosmos when this Acclamation filly beat Indicia over a similar distance at Newmarket back in July.

The latter, trained by Charles Hills and owned by Khaled Abdulla, hasn’t won and it is really disappointing because fillies need to win, for stud purposes.

There are three newcomers in opposition to Spring Cosmos, from respected yards, and it will be interesting to note betting exchange markets.

Serious betting focus will be on an eight-race programme at ‘good to soft’ Leicester where once-raced Rare Groove will not be a surprise if Jedd O’Keefe’s charge causes one in the Reference Point Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs, named after the Sir Henry Cecil-trained Epsom Derby winner.

Cecil was a legend at this popular Midlands course in the 1970/80 period, he introduced several real classic ‘beauts!’

Rare Groove achieved an above average time-handicap mark over a similar distance on debut at Redcar last month, under ‘PJ’ McDonald, whose rise to fame this year has been phenomenal; to think he once landed the Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase over four miles!

What beats Rare Groove will win if he replicates his mark and once-raced, similarly-profiled, Bombyx is justifiably fancied for the opening Novice Stakes over a mile by the consistent, successful, James Fanshawe yard.