The Messenger has two bets on Wednesday and they come from Goodwood and a UK runner in the Group 3 at Maisons Lafitte in the shape of Irish Rookie.
This is a good quality Goodwood meeting for midweek and we have another Frankel colt making his debut here which wiill garner a lot of interest. Monarchs Glen is out of a very smart mare , but she has not produced anything of note yet and there appears to be a lot of fast ground influences in this pedigree. The ground at Goodwood could be very much on the soft side and could be against him. Unfortunately the hyperbole about Frankel has died down a little for the moment and the price is not ridiculously short, but he is worth taking on.
There are plenty of rivals with useful form including Dick Tracy (this looks a bit too much of a step up in trip and Celestial Spheres, but the two that are of interest at bigger prices are See of Rome and Sir Nigel Gresley. It is the latter that we will recommend for a bet after he ran a race full of promise first time at Sandown where he was not the best away and was at the back of the pack in the straight, before staying on nicely to the line in a race that has thrown up a few winners since. He is by Bullet Train, who should be an influence for stamina and the step up in trip should see him in a much better light here. See of Rome ran well at Salisbury and he looks sure to want middle distances next year, but our pick is the bigger price and looks equally as promising.
1 point each way Sir Nigel Gresley at 10/1 with Betbright and Betway
Maisons Lafitte 3:35
This is a Group 3 contest that might finally present Irish Rookie with a chance to win her first Group race, which is a little hard to believe given some of the form that she has shown. She won her first two starts as a 2 year old including a listed contest on her second outing. Since those runs, she had contested Group 1 and Group 2 races including when runner up in the French 1000 Guineas and then when 4th on her penultimate start in the Falmouth to Alice Springs.
She was dropped to listed company at Ascot last time in what should have been a very winnable opportunity. However she was given a lot to do by Ryan Moore, but was still coming up the rail to win her race when she was blocked off by the subsequently disqualified Namhroodah. She would almost certainly have won there and despite this being a step up in trip, she was staying on well up that quite stiff Ascot finish. Races in France are generally run at a slower pace too so this is unlikely to be more of a test of stamina than Ascot and she is bred to handle the distance. The rest of the field have questions to answer, including Sayana, who was disappointing last time and despite the ground being a little bit of a question mark, the 7/2 available with Racebets looks bigger than expected and should be taken.
1.5 points win Irish Rookie at 7/2 with Racebets