The Organiser is napped for a seven-runner Novice Stakes over six furlongs of ‘good to firm’ Salisbury this afternoon when the third day of York’s ‘Ebor’ meeting is swerved on account of being too difficult on ground which, as we suspected, rode really firm Tuesday; so many thoroughbreds were unable to let themselves down and bookies enjoyed a bonanza.
Major meetings are always a tremendous attraction but what’s the point of guessing given there are so often gilt-edged punting opportunities at less competitive fixtures?
Throughout decades I’ve adopted this sensible attitude and today couldn’t wish for a better proposition than The Organizer, a winner first-up and a close up three lengths sixth last time in the group two July Stakes at Newmarket!
Obviously this cheaply-purchased Coach House colt was no match for Lusail and subsequent winning nap Asymmetric but The Organiser is officially rated 99; under Neil Callan, now back from a long stint in Hong Kong, I’d say Joe Tuite’s charge is a ‘professional special!’
Two divisions of a Maiden Stakes over a mile on Kempton polytrack look tasty; the first leg is well within capabilities of recent Saeed Bin Suroor-trained course and distance winner, Mo’Assess, and half an hour later Mount Marcy and Waldlowe look set for a battle royal, representing Newmarket-based ‘big guns’ John Gosden and Roger Varian.
Preference is for the former, a twice-raced four-year-old by Muhaarar which about five months ago finished a creditable course and distance second to heavily-backed Troll Peninsula, trained by Varian!
Waldlowe qualified for handicaps when a beaten odds-on favourite at Thirsk and isn’t advantaged sufficiently by the weight-for-age scale, which usually favours three-year-olds, especially in handicaps.
On the TH there is little between them but when it comes down to ‘built-up’ figures it doesn’t pay in the long run to rely on weight equalisation; too much emphasis is placed on it.
When attending race-meetings regularly my attention was always focused on physique of horses; Mount Marcy, is a powerful individual, he’ll carry Rav Havlin and doubtless make the running in customary Gosden style.
Incidentally also of interest is Badrah, winner of his only start when trained by Charles Hills, 576 days ago; not one to dismiss because James Ferguson has booked Adam Kirby!
Mo’Assess can’t be seriously opposed and I’m advising a solid trixie!
Selections, Kempton, 2.05 Mo’Assess; 2.35 Mount Marcy; Salisbury, 5.53 The Organiser (nap).
Jeffrey Ross, horse-racing correspondent for WMN since 1983 when winning the most prestigious racing journalist award, Sporting Life Naps Table, before winning it a record number of six times collectively in the Racing Post, the current ‘trade’ paper, including 2019