Saturday, 13 July 2013

One for today.....

Darley July Cup (British Champions Series And Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1)6f

  • (3yo+, 6f, Class 1, 12 runners)
  • Winner £283,550 2nd £107,500 3rd £53,800 4th £26,800 5th£13,450 6th £6,750
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
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Can SOCIETY " ROCK " ??....

Well quite simply my answer is yes , will he win today ? , quite simply i think YES ...ok but what leads you ( me ) to think he can reverse recent form?....this is why?..

If you watch the lto run he was travelling wrong side of the draw was switched right across from behind the pack and at this stage Kirby had " stole the race " and he simply couldnt get back up quick enough butu comfortably beat the rest and he had beaten him cosily the time before when ridden up behind him and not spotting him such a lead.
Lets look at Society Rocks form and last 5 runs from the last Year...

1.As we have stated lto this had a rough ride, switched and imo was given a poor ride and left too much to do but was a good 2nd in the scheme of things and ridden more prominently would have been closer if not winning.

2.Beat a world class field in the 17 runner Duke of York stakes on ground he loves beating a few he meets today including Lethal Force.

3.Was 5th behind Maarek in the Champion Stakes but still only beaten a few heads and he simply couldnt pick up and quicken on the soft ground., although a decent enough run this is easy to write off.

4.Won the Betfred Sprint Cup again beating a lot of old rivals but again proved he likes the ground to be racing as rattling quick as possible.

5.3rd in last years July Cup  ( todays race ) comfortably beating world class Ortensia but also easily dismissed by Mayson however on this day Society Rock reared in the stalls and was on his toes all day before and raced keen and never looked happy so coming 3rd when clearly not in the mood was a good run...and this was on Heavy Ground....another reason that makes this run look even better.

All the big guns have questions to answer , Slade & Sole Power both have proven to be not quite good enough over this 6f trip as they are full on speed whores, Shea Shea is completely unproven over the trip and it must be doubtful as to whether or not he will stay a fast run 6f on a stiff track with a uphill finish? , Gale Force Ten hits flat spots in his races and this will be a real problem and i simply cant see it winning , Shamexpress has yet to prove hes arrived with any ability intact and the remainder look to be just making up the numbers bar the two i feel will be the most dangerous and they are Old Enemy Lethal Force who will make a race of it regardless and if given an easy lead could pinch it again but they will be wiser this time but cannot be discounted and the much overlooked HAMZA a horse that runs very quick over 6f is very consistent and can make all....it could be a battle royale between these two.

On a perfect day on perfect ground in an ideal race with pace a plenty everything is set up for Society to Rock n Roll up the hill and take this.

Summary :

WIN - SOCIETY ROCK - 
EW - HAMZA - 
LONG - LETHAL FORCE - 

...............Now time for some beers ;))

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