THERE is no better example of the highs and lows of racing than the few hours endured by the King Power Racing team last Saturday.
When Beat The Bank battled back to win his second Summer Mile at Ascot, it was their third high-profile winner of the afternoon following the victories of Pivoine and Mystery Power at York and Newmarket respectively.
However, within seconds of crossing the line, it was clear Beat The Bank had suffered a terrible injury and joy soon turned to agony as the Andrew Balding-trained stable star couldn’t be saved.
Seven days on and life will not have got any easier at Kingsclere, who will still miss their warrior greatly, but Balding’s FOX CHAIRMAN can ease the pain a little by landing tomorrow’s Bet365 Stakes (1.50pm) at Newbury.
Regular followers of this column will know the three-year-old was an unlucky loser at the Royal meeting in the Hampton Court Stakes, boxed in at a crucial stage before flying home for second when he eventually found a gap.
Any rain that falls is a bonus and he returns to the venue of his effortless debut win back in April.
The 5/4 on offer may not be a huge price, but he well and truly deserves his place at the head of the market for this contest.
The best betting heat of the afternoon looks to be the Marsh Cup (2.25pm) with all the money in the build-up being for Charlie Fellowes’ 9/2 favourite Carnwennan.
He landed a hat-trick effortlessly in the Northumberland Vase last time and a 7lb rise may seriously underestimate his potential.
However, this is a much hotter contest back on turf and I am prepared to take him on with a couple at decent each-way prices.
This will be the third time this season I have recommended PROSCHEMA in this column, with Tom Dascombe’s four-year-old grabbing the each-way money on both occasions.
On his penultimate start I felt he needed further than the 1m6f trip and definitely appeared to want softer ground.
That’s why I opted to side with him again when stepped up to two miles in the Northumberland Plate last time.
He was last with two furlongs to run that day and flew home to finish third, beaten less than a couple of lengths.
The combination of the return to turf and rain-softened ground are all in his favour and I expect a massive run at 9/1 from only a 1lb higher mark.
Finally, the biggest field of the day is for the Weatherbys Super Sprint (3.40pm), but it looks possibly the most straight-forward in terms of picking the winner.
VENTURA REBEL sticks out like a sore thumb on form and appears to have every chance of becoming the fifth winning-favourite of this race in the last 10 years, while two of the other five winners in that time returned at odds of just 5/1.
If he can reproduce his Norfolk Stakes second here, they won’t see which way he has gone and the 6/4 with Coral should be snapped up.
Fox Chairman 1.50pm Newbury
Proschema e/w 2.25pm Newbury
Ventura Rebel 3.40pm Newbury