<![CDATA[Frankel kept his side of the bargain in some style, hammering Group 1 horses by 11 lengths plus and earning himself the rating of best horse of all time. Black Caviar steps up the plate tomorrow to in an attempt to land the superstars of racing double at prohibitive odds of 3-10. The Australian wonder horse is Timeform's highest ever rated filly (or mare) in the illustrious organisation's lifetime having won every one of her 21 races and the Diamond Jubilee stakes will surely witness win number 22. The only concern is the possibility of easy ground as rain continues to descend at Ascot. The opposition is more than decent as you would expect of a race with such prestige, with second-favourite Moonlight Cloud having proven form at the top level. Society Rock opposes too, having won this race 12 months ago. Pastoral Player from the Hughie Morrison yard is interesting at odds of 33-1 and is worthy of an each-way play. While it's almost impossible to oppose Black Caviar, Pastoral Player is capable of picking up some juicy prize money. Versatile on good and soft going he proved himself a smart handicapper last season and confirmed he is in good heart when landing the Timeform Jury Stakes at the beginning of the month. At "double carpet" odds he is worth an each-way nibble.
The Wokingham Handicap at 4.25 is a cracking renewal and the draw will hold major sway on the outcome of the race with the field often splitting into three distinct groups across the track. It will pay to watch previous races on the day to see where the winners are coming from. Granted a decent box my selection against the field is Lu Rei at 20-1. Subject of confident reports from trainer Robert Cowell, Lu Rei was in tremendous form when last witnessed on the track at the Derby meeting as he powered home to reel in Sacrosanctus. Effective on variable ground conditions I expect this hold up horse to be finishing with a rattle. Alben Star from the Richard Fahey yard is also interesting. I had a lengthy chat with connections on Wednesay evening and though they expect him to run well they feel he may just come up short this time. Alben Star was rated the best two-year old in Fahey’s yard before picking up an injury and somewhat strangely he was to be found running on the all-weather tracks over the Winter. This was simply an effort to get his confidence up and while he may not reach the winner’s enclosure on Saturday there is a big race handicap in this horse down the line. One to keep onside.Two winners from three last week on the blog including Crackentorp at 10-1, fingers crossed another couple of big priced runners can run well on Saturday. [caption id="attachment_1626" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Click here to see The Sportsman Racings profile and full history[/caption]]]>