Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Power wired to hit target

Wayne Bailey

LIKE millions of people around the world, I was saddened to hear about the death this week of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. He was certainly one of the greatest innovators of our time.

In some ways, the fact that many of us learned of his demise through what is arguably his greatest invention, the iPhone, was a fitting, ironic twist.

I first came in contact with Apple computers in the early '90s, when our secondary school somehow managed to get the funds for half a dozen second-hand Macs.

I used to stay back late after school in the computer room and armed with the now defunct 'Sporting Life' newspaper, I quickly got to work on developing a horse racing predictor tool.

It was a pretty crude program in which the Apple Mac would simply crunch up the form figures with the official rating, but hey presto, the computer would tell you which horse to back when you'd hit the enter key (followed by a wait of about two minutes).


Unfortunately, the Apple Mac didn't make me rich and the search for my first million continues to this day, but when you look at the number of people that place their bets through smartphones, for example, it's clear that Jobs' company has irreversibly changed many industries the world over.

Jobs once said that "things don't have to change the world to be important," but there's no doubt that some of his products have changed many people's lives including mine, so wherever he is, I hope he rests in peace.

Anyway, whether you bet through an iPhone, PC, a Mac or simply the old-fashioned way, it might be worth taking the 5/2 about Aidan O'Brien's Power in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket (3.10), with Ryan Moore doing the steering.

This race is one of the top juvenile contests of the year and its victors are always watched closely in the following season -- indeed, recent winners include Frankel, New Approach, Teofilo and Sir Percy.

O'Brien's colt could have gone for the Middle Park instead, but connections are happy with his work and it's no secret that this horse is held in high regard.

At 10/1 for next season's 2,000 Guineas, punters have been impressed with what they've seen so far and he showed versatility by winning the National Stakes last time in soft ground over seven furlongs.

Today's going will be a good deal quicker, but that's no problem to the two-year-old and on all known form, he should have a couple of pounds in hand.

As for the future, I'm not so sure he has that superstar look about him, although the likes of Frankel are always going to be hard acts to follow, so I'll take a chance today and see what happens.

All that said, Richard Hannon's Bronterre will be no pushover and poses a significant threat. He won a Salisbury maiden back in July and his five-length Listed win at Goodwood saw him go into many a notebook as one to keep an eye on.


HE'S been chalked up at 33/1 and higher, but Ashbrittle is not without a chance of a place in the Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket (3.50).

He won a race at Doncaster last year with a visor on and it makes a reappearance today. The gelding needed the run last time at Haydock and the step back up in trip should suit.


2.05 Newmarket: Strong Suit

3.10 Newmarket: Power

3.50 Newmarket: Ashbrittle (e/w)

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