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‘Flint’ looks sharp enough
Muntazah, arguably the unluckiest loser of the 2015 turf-flat campaign, attempts to make amends in the nine-runner two year old Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of the Newmarket July course today; earlier this month Barry Hills’ charge suffered tremendous interference over this course and distance and yet was beaten only a head!
Even now it’s difficult to comprehend what happened but it did and videos are available to prove and view the farce!
After travelling comfortably Muntazah went for a gap about 300 yards out between two leaders when both veered toward each other, the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt became a proverbial ‘meat in the sandwich!’
Amazingly, after being halted and slowed from about forty miles an hour to no more than twenty, Muntazah picked up in dramatic fashion, stormed home but, ironically, was beaten by fast-finishing, Paul Hanagan-ridden Manaafidh, in the same colours; unbelievable.
Hills was phlegmatic, he’s obviously mellowed and earlier this week stable-companion Massaat was probably the second unluckiest loser this season. Reaction from the 78-year-old veteran was similar but he knows both are exceptional juveniles which should aspire to graded level during the back-end period and if they are good enough he’ll sort it.
Of course price-wise Muntazah will start at cramped odds to go one better but he’s unopposable. I’m very much looking forward to this race and many others involving two-year-olds currently being trained exclusively for the Dubai Finance Minister who, apparently, owns more than 400 superbly-bred thoroughbreds.
It’s an exciting period and ‘Glorious Goodwood’ kicks-off next Tuesday!
Also at HQ Orvar is clear ‘best-in for the five-runner 2-y-o Conditions stakes over six furlongs on the back his creditable fifth in the group two ‘Coventry’ at Royal Ascot last month; others can be expected to improve but they will need to find at least a stone!
Golden Horn will be long odds-on to retain his unbeaten record when facing eight rivals in the group one King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes over twelve furlongs at Ascot; there should be some each-way value with three places available. Hundreds of other serious punters will be thinking similarly.
In fact only two places will be at issue, Golden Horn will win and occupy one of them but that hardy Andre Fabre-trained Flintshire, rated 121, will surely be ‘in the frame’ because his solid career record, at the highest level internationally, bears close inspection.
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