We had 3 selections today and came out on the wrong side of making any profits.
Our first selection Ventura Ocean was up with the van and made an effort over 2f out, but was soon ridden he was outpaced but got squeezed for room inside the final furlong and was eased down to finish 14th,
Our second selection ran a cracker and to be honest I still can't believe we didn't have the winner. Crystal King went off way too fast in front (lay of the day) and was 15+ lengths in front at one stage. He came back to the field and Danny Tudhope had settled Alright Sunshine out the back and steadily made progress on the outside and came with a rattling run to challenge Time to Study and was in front at one stage but time to Study just kept battling to pip us by a neck.
Finally, we had Major Partnership who was frankly disappointing- no excuses just not good enough on the day.
We move on and have a selection for tomorrow.
The team at Cleeve
2.55 York 6f LNER Supporting CALM Garrowby Stakes (Listed Race) (Class 1) (3yo+)
Cleeve Top 3 Rated:
1) Perfection – 83
2) Dakota Gold – 81
3) Princes Des Sables – 69
Princes Des Sables ran up a sequence of wins last season as a two-year-old but has not really trained on. He was also well beaten by top-rated Perfection and is unlikely to turn the tables here, as he has too much to make up.
Dakota Gold is likely to be the market leader here following his three back to back wins in decent handicaps. He steps up to Listed level here and I am sure he can win at this level; however, this could be a race too far and he may be using this to peak for the Ayr Gold Cup.
Perfection switched from John Gosden to David O’Meara and it has taken a few runs to see the horse win, but he did that on his latest start when winning a Listed race at Pontefract. The stable and jockey are in top form and I think the horse has further improvement to come. He does need to improve to beat Dakota Gold, but I think that one has a bigger prize to chase in the Ayr Gold Cup.