TOP hat and tails time and us bookie chappies could do with Toronado getting chinned in today’s opener. And I’m taking Verrazano to do it.
He’ll have learnt a lot from his UK debut on his first start on grass and was absolutely top-class on dirt in the States.
Treve would be another bad result in Wednesday’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, so I’m opting for Magician to pull a rabbit out of the hat. It was disappointing that he got beaten last time, but I think the ground was too soft. I fancy the Jelly Bean’s Estimate to win Thursday’s Gold Cup for a second year running and put our great sport on the front pages again.
She’s not been easy to get right this year, but trainer Sir Michael Stoute thinks he’s got it cracked.
It’s not totally inconceivable that Rizeena can bounce back from her Guineas reversal in Friday’s Coronation Stakes to have octogenarian handler Clive Brittain dancing in the hallowed winner’s enclosure.
And last, but certainly not least, I’m taking my mammy Sabena’s Slade Power to land Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes and underline his credentials to be this year’s champion sprinter.