The action over in the USA continues apace and our man in the know Joseph Klyne gives us the lowdown on the best of Friday’s rides…
Tampa Bay Downs
Leading jockeys Samy Camacho and Antonio Gallardo are back in action.
Camacho is in scintillating form having ridden a 927/1 4-timer on Thursday night and it could pay to follow his rides again.
Although it doesn’t look like he’ll be on any bankers, all his rides look to have solid chances. The ace will partner Free Dancer for Gerald Bennett (24% strike-rate this season) who gives the gelding another chance on turf. One mile was probably too far for him last time and this drop back in trip should definitely play to his strengths.
Camacho rides: Brandt (5.24), Free Dancer (5.53), Nauti Buoy (6.52), Lady Breanna (7.22), Exchequer (7.53), Ria Munk (8.24), Red Curls (8.55)
Gulfstream Park – Trainer/Jockey Combination
One jockey that has been mentioned plenty of times in recent previews is Luis Saez and make no mistake, the man is a winning machine.
Like, Frankie Dettori at Ascot or Adam Kirby at Lingfield, Saez is untouchable at Gulfstream right now.
He teams up with Gulfstream Champion Trainer Todd Pletcher for three rides and looks to have an excellent chance of being in the winner’s enclosure more than once over the course of the evening.
In the last race of the evening the pair will be looking for success with Tapit To Ride, a lightly raced four-year-old who was purchased for $250,000 as a yearling.
In one of the best contests of the evening (8.39) Pletcher fields two runners with Saez partnering Ellis Island. His other runner Fried Rice King looks to have run to a similar level of form, but the jockey bookings give a hint as to which horse is expected to improve more.
However, the pair will face stiff competition from Chad Brown’s runner – Candy Machine. The colt ran to a high level and wasn’t beaten far on his first outing, this step up in trip looks to be the right move.
Saez/Pletcher: Ellis Island (8.39), Off Topic (9.41), Tapit To Ride (10.12)
Race to Watch
Gulfstream Park – 6.00
It looks like owner Stephen Hamilton might be a fan of Game of Thrones as his filly Messandei is named after one of the main characters in the hit show.
Although the trainer doesn’t have a scorching strike-rate with newcomers, it’s respectable and the sale price of this horse as a yearling suggests she could be significantly better than some of her competitors.
However, it might take a special performance to beat likely favourite Princesa Crystal. Bred in Great Britain by Godolphin, she has a lovely pedigree and has been consistently improving. Only denied a first victory by a neck on her penultimate start, she should be right there at the finish.
It could well be those two that fight it out on the turf in the first at Gulfstream and it is an exciting race in prospect.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.