Take A Chance On Fahey Three-Year-Old Sailing On By
Consistent Type Ready To Get His Head In Front With Conditions To Suit
Until his run over seven furlongs at Doncaster a fortnight ago, it looked as though Richard Fahey's VENTURA OCEAN was a specialist six furlongs horse, but his performance that day suggests today's extra furlong might now be his optimum. His two victories have been at Pontefract over the six, but at Donny he was held up in second last place before coming on the outside to produce what, at the furlong marker, looked a winning run. Ahead of him there was the progressive Kaeso, however, who kept on well to beat him two lengths at the line.
It was a decent effort in a good race; the winner has come out again since in the Class 2 Moet And Chandon at Ascot and was just pipped in a photo, as was the fourth Tukhoom at Leicester. Add to this the 15% success rate of the progeny of Ventura Ocean's sire Raven's Pass at seven furlongs and his ability to get the distance seems certain. Jockey Paddy Mathers is 11% at the course which suggests he makes few mistakes there.
Roger Varian's JALEEL looks the danger. After winning a Class 4 over course and distance in June he tried to repeat the performance off a mark three pounds higher the following month. He ran down the field, coming in ninth of 13, beaten 15 lengths by Light And Dark but it might well be worth ignoring that outcome as he was hampered three times in the race and then eased. He goes off the same mark of 83 today, and, significantly, wears blinkers for the first time.
BLONDE WARRIOR has his second run since a near two months break and a gelding operation. He ran really well off a mark of 90 in a similar Class 3 affair at Yarmouth on his comeback and goes off the same this afternoon. He will probably try to make all but get run out of it close home, while REEVES is being backed but still looks a couple of pounds too high. Ventura Ocean can be easily found at 10/3 and that looks fair.
Elsewhere, SET IN STONE has everything right for her in the last at Hamilton, and for those who bet odds-on, GENEVER DRAGON looks set for a place at Betfair’s 1.6 in the 2.55 at Doncaster.