Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Punters Steam In To Blue Point And Lady Aurelia

Blue Point is a hot favourite for the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes, with William Hill now making him 5-4 from initial odds of 2-1.

“We’ve laid all prices from 2-1 to 5-4 and Blue Point is still proving very popular,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “It appears most punters think he can reverse Goodwood form with Mehmas.”

Lady Aurelia has now overtaken Queen Kindly as the best-backed horse in the Cheveley Park Stakes. Queen Kindly was cut yesterday to 11-4 from 7-2 by Hills, but following Wesley Ward’s positive comments, the momentum has swung.

“Punters are paying attention to Wesley Ward’s comments and they are now steaming in to Lady Aurelia to win on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, in the weekend’s big handicap, the Cambridgeshire, Sacred Act is 7-1 from 8-1 with William Hill, as the bookmaker tries to keep him on side.

“Sacred Act might not have won by far last time, but the nature of his win suggests he could have a lot more left in the locker,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “If that’s the case, then John Gosden might be celebrating a fourth win in the race.”

In Friday’s Shadwell Joel Stakes, two horses have shortened, with Hathal now 3-1 favourite from 10-3 and at longer odds, Amazing Maria is now 8-1 from 10-1 with William Hill.


Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes: 5-4 Blue Point, 9-2 Mehmas, 6-1 Intelligence Cross, 12-1 Mokarris, 14-1 Mubtasim, Peace Envoy, 16-1 The Last Lion, 20-1 Silver Line, 25-1 Koropick, Medicine Jack, Psychedelic Funk, 33-1 Courage Under Fire, Leo Minor, Yalta, 50-1 Sportsmanship, Sutter County, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Connolly’s Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes: 10-11 Lady Aurelia, 11-4 Queen Kindly, 6-1 Roly Poly, 16-1 Holy Cat, 25-1 Brave Anna, Kilmah, Nations Alexander, Pellucid, Promising, 50-1 Velveteen, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Shadwell Joel Stakes: 3-1 Hathal, 9-2 Custom Cut, 5-1 Nathra, 6-1 Forge, Richard Pankhurst, 8-1 Amazing Maria, 9-1 Jallota, 10-1 Gifted Master, 12-1 Long Island Sound, 14-1 Cougar Mountain, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Cambridgeshire: 7-1 Sacred Act, 10-1 Third Time Lucky, 14-1 Very Talented, 16-1 Banksea, Bravo Zolo, Eddystone Rock, Knight Owl, Spark Plug, 20-1 Daily Bulletin, Examiner, First Sitting, Great Order, Treasury Notes, 25-1 Azraff, Bronze Angel, Carry On Deryck, Celestial Path, Cote D’Azur, Educate, Erik The Red, GM Hopkins, Keystroke, Master The World, Oasis Fantasy, Shabbah, Takatul, 33-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)