Although most of it is his own doing, Jamesie must be regarded as one of the unluckiest horses in racing, but if things fall right for him at Royal Ascot, he could be the best each-way bet of the whole meeting at 33/1 to win the Wokingham.
Big-field handicaps have become like bread and butter to Jamesie, although after countless efforts in the last two years, he still can’t find a way to win one.
Jamesie is without a win on his last 16 starts, but it is not for the want of trying.
He was second in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last year when leading home his respective group and then was arguably drawn on the wrong side of the track again when sixth in his next start in the Bunbury Cup.
More recently, Jamesie was again sixth in the Stewards’ Cup and this time it was his usual troubles of failing to find a gap to burst through that proved his undoing.
Hold-up horses will always need luck in running in sprints with 16+ runners, but this is more than factored into his price for the Wokingham.
Having mainly raced over 7f for the past 10 months, a drop back in trip is no bad thing as he is a winner over 6f and his proven added stamina could be a benefit.
Jamesie is certainly weighted to triumph in one of these big handicaps eventually and in his favour is that five of the last six Wokingham winners were officially rated between 95 and 102.
Furthermore, it is worth remembering that his trainer David Marnane was successful in this race 12 months ago with another 33/1 shot in Dandy Boy.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.