The Duke’s Weekly Review

Over the past week we’ve seen two pretty fascinating wins, with the victories of Winx in Australia and Old Glory in Ireland.

Winx is the world’s top rated horse and she notched up an astounding 27th straight win courtesy of defeating an inferior field at Royal Randwick. They weren’t bad competition by any means, it was just a bit like if Megan Fox walked into a bar you probably wouldn’t look twice at Pam from Sales. She was streets ahead. Speaking of bars, Aussie fans can now toast her performances with a can of Carlton Draught. The brewers have made a blue can in her honour as she bids for a fourth Cox Plate next month.

The €1.6million Old Glory won his maiden at Naas. The son of Frankel is co-owned by the Coolmore contingent and Zayat Stables, famous for their ownership of Triple Crown champ American Pharoah. You can get 20/1 on him winning the 2,000 Guineas.

First race to look at this weekend is the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury at 2.55pm on Saturday. A shortlist for this one would include True Mason who was third in the Group 1 Prix Morny in France last time. Shine So Bright has potential for next season and was ahead of The Irish Rover in the Gimcrack. That form isn’t holding up that well, so for me I’ll side with John Gosden’s Kessaar. He is sired by Kodiac who often produces horses who are best as two year olds. This could well be Kessaar’s cup final as he might not have the potential to continue improving as a three year old. I think he is all out to win this and he rates a strong chance.

The William Hill Ayr Gold Cup is one of my favourite races of the season. It’s a cracking handicap but a nightmare to find the winner. However, I am really confident that one of these three on the shortlist can snag the victory.

The first on the slip is Son Of Rest. It’s not original but he finished second in a Group 1 last Sunday and he is thrown in off this weight if running anything like that sort of race. I would have selected him anyway because he is a good horse who has dropped a fair way down the handicap. Now he looks something of a banker.

Next is Growl. He has been so consistent in top level handicaps all season. Perhaps a run here at a track we know he likes, where he was second in the 2016 Ayr Gold Cup, might bring out a winning effort.

The final selection is Terentum Star. Kevin Ryan’s gelding has been running like he is dross all season. He isn’t, they’ve been trying to get his handicap mark down. The team are clever and off 99 in a big field handicap on soft ground, he should be primed for a big run. Son Of Rest, Growl and Terentum Star for me. Happy punting.

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