Wednesday 17 January 2018

Secrecy a threat to dettori's hot streak

Julian Muscat

Once again, Godolphin's horses are closing the season with a flourish after a sticky patch in mid-summer.

Frankie Dettori (pictured) rode three winners from as many mounts for the stable on Wednesday, and the jockey will fancy adding to that haul at Newmarket today.

However, it is hard to fathom why Dettori rides Alexandros in the bet365 Ben Marshall Stakes (2.35).

The five-year-old looks increasingly out of sorts, as evidenced by his lacklustre showing over the course and distance last time out.

Conversely, Secrecy -- a stablemate of Alexandros -- is very much going the right way.

Jamie Spencer's mount, a cosy winner last time, beat all bar the impressive Cityscape in a similar race at Haydock, when there was cut in the ground. This lightly-raced four-year-old has further improvement in him.

We all know the feeling of backing a horse that runs poorly -- only to see it bolt up, unbacked, next time out.

On that basis, it could pay to forgive Brick Red his sub-par effort at York and take him to rebound in the Casino at bet365.com Handicap (2.00). Jimmy Fortune takes over from David Probert this time.

Also at Newmarket, Matula is interesting in the Montrose Fillies' Stakes (3.10). Although this one-mile test features several promising types, Matula rates a bet because her trainer, Ralph Beckett, is never one to over-race his horses. The hint looks worth taking.

Irish Independent

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