Ed Chamberlin: Remarkable bet
Ed Chamberlin continues the build-up to the launch of ITV Racing at the Tattersalls Sales and has his best bets for Ascot.
Roger Charlton tweet
If you've never been to a big yearling sale. You simply have to go.
My latest racing adventure was to the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1, and what an experience it was. The great and the good from the world of flat racing were all in attendance in what is a compact space, which creates the most brilliant atmosphere.
It's fascinating to watch and try to work out who is bidding for what. The biggest buzz was being in the ring as Lot 39 – a colt by Dubawi out of Fallen For You – was sold for 2.6 million guineas to John Ferguson and Godolphin.
You could hear a pin drop as the atmosphere built and the price went up and up. At the time that was a new record price paid for a yearling sold anywhere in the world in 2016.
I was lucky enough to look at a number of potential purchases with Paul Roy and Jeremy Noseda to see what they look for in a yearling and then experienced how the vetting process worked. In amongst that there was plenty of football talk with the Tottenham-mad Noseda and mutual appreciation of the brilliant Mauricio Pochettino.
The horse that most caught my eye was Lot 475: a Frankel ex Attraction colt who looked so similar Attraction in stature but unlike his mother walked perfectly. He was sold for a cool 1.6 million on Thursday. Just out of my budget.
I got to meet so many interesting people and particularly enjoyed talking to the owners of the Meon Valley Stud, which is just down the road from where I live, and they had the most extraordinary few days winning the Prix de l'Opera at Chantilly with Speedy Boarding and then selling, amongst others, a Dubawi half-brother to Izzi Top and Jazzi Top for £2.73m.
Roger Charlton and his son Tom were there and we had a giggle about their response to my tweet pic through the window of Aidan O'Brien's Discovery with "Beckhampton and Ballydoyle have their similarities….". I look forward to visiting the Charltons in a couple of weeks time at the historic Beckhampton stables, which over the years has housed the winners of 39 Classics and ten Derbies.
Whilst many were trying to buy the dream outside at Tattersalls, I found my way to the bar with Marcus Tregoning to watch his Dance The Dream bolt up at Leicester. The post race celebration was the perfect chance to quiz Marcus about what he'd like to see on ITV racing and relive memories like Sir Percy's Derby and why Dick Hern was such a master of his trade.
Frankels and Dubawis were all the rage in the sales ring but Galileo remains the king.
What a week he had with Found triumphant in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and he then dominated Future Champions Weekend with a 1-2 in the Fillies' Mile with Rhododendrun and Hydrangea then Churchill winning the Dewhurst to shorten even further as favourite for the 2017 QIPCO 2000 Guineas. The rest have their work cut out to compete with these all-conquering Galileos.
It was a very enjoyable two days at Newmarket and after an unsettling couple of years the meeting seems to have found an ideal home fitting perfectly at the end of the Book 1 sales week and as a separate entity from this weekend's Champions Day at Ascot.
What a day this Saturday promises to be as the October weather has been kind and it looks a proper meeting to crown champions. I'm looking forward to spending the day with the Great British Racing team and they must be thrilled with the way the event is shaping up.
Top of my wish list is for Ribchester to win the QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. My fellow Sporting Life columnist Richard Fahey has handled the horse brilliantly this term.
Ribchester has got better and better and looks primed to land the big one this weekend. I spoke to the trainer, who is so successful he even seems to have his own clothing range these days as he was resplendent in a Richard Fahey branded black hoodie, and his enthusiasm for the colt was infectious.
I can't desert Found in the Champions Stakes if she takes on Almanzor again in the QIPCO Champion Stakes. The French horse won fair and square in the Irish equivalent but Arc day was the one Aidan O'Brien was targeting with Found and if she's in the same form as at Chantilly then she's dangerous to oppose.
My bet of the day runs in the concluding Balmoral Handicap.
Remarkable has been on my radar since an eye-catching run at Newbury in May. He was then an unlucky fifth in the Jersey at Royal Ascot after which he was given a break and gelded. Remarkable returned at Ascot two weeks ago and was a little unlucky in running but was too free early on and looked in need of the race. He has his quirks but you can be pretty sure he's a good deal better than his official rating of 103.
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