I think it’s only fair to reflect on the King George, a race which promised so much and ultimately left me and I’d guess many others feeling numb and deflated. The sight of poor Rewilding breaking down in the home straight was brutally hard to take and I’m aware it’s part and parcel of the sport but there is no worse sight than seeing a horse fatally injured. It’s not a rare occurrence unfortunately and one that brings it back that the sport does from time to time have a cruel twist of fate. We can thank John Gosden for his post race words which were spot on the money and made most passing viewers understand the situation, it was fortunate he was there really considering the rest of the BBC shambles especially Willie Carson. Just being informed Rewilding was calm and munching on grass makes it a little easier to bare. I don’t want to dwell on it much longer but horses like Rewilding should be cherished and remembered for his victories such as his win in the Voltiguer, in Dubai and recently at Ascot all terrific performance. RIP Rewilding.
It shouldn’t also be forgotten that the winner Nathaniel is a truly special horse, he’s won the race relatively easily in my opinion having had to make most of the running after the farcical pace set by Debussy. This colt as I’ve alluded to in the past, use the search, is a very good animal and will now be aimed at the Arc where he’d have a decent chance. I’d prefer to back him at 8/1 for instance than Pour Moi at 9/2 at this stage though I wouldn’t rush to back neither. Workforce again ran a valiant race and lost little in defeat, reports that he was struck into may have caused the veering to the left but again I think he was just beaten by a better horse and even if he’d kept on the straight and narrow he’d have been second. I also think as stated last week when I sided with Rewilding that the Stoute runner is much better in a larger field race with guaranteed pace, as pointed out his three runs in small runner races have all ended in defeat. He’s definitely not one to give up on for the Arc and I’ll be keeping an eye on his price as he may drift to a backable price – especially if he has another prep run in a small runner race and gets beat. He’ll be a different proposition in a bigger field and stronger run race. Nathaniel’s unlikely to run in the Leger now so I’ll be taking a peek at the market tomorrow to see if there’s anything worth chancing at an ante post price.
System bets later, decent racing at Ascot and Pontefract so may also have a look at those cards.