Day 5 of the 30 Day Challenge. All horses are running well, hitting the frame, but could do with another winner or two.
A Maiden Stakes over 1m 141y on standard going. Nine two-year-olds: seven colts and two fillies from a mix of trainers. The majority have race experience.
John Gosden has been in fine form this season, including the exceptional Shalaa. Daily Bulletin is a January foal sired by Medaglia d'Oro out of a Grade 1 mare. This American-bred colt cost $140,000 at the 2014 September Keeneland Sales.
He ran over 7f on good to soft ground at Ascot in September when made favourite but slightly disappointing when beaten into fifth. That looked a fair race, especially compared with the majority of this field, and I would expect to see marked improvement for this extra distance and vital experience.
Gosden has a good string of juveniles and Daily Bulletin has been showing up well on the gallops and held in some regard by connections. Clarehaven Stables have done well with a select list of horses racing in the Godolphin silks.
The betting details this is a two-horse race. It could well be a blessing that Sir Michael Stoute's Across The Stars is a relatively short priced favourite. It would be bordering on madness to think Daily Bulletin will drift to an each-way price (ever the optimist). In fact, I would be tempted to take 9/4.
If punters get stuck into the favourite there could be more value to come but it is difficult to assess the markets. The statistics suggest that at 9/4 this colt is priced to chance but definitely a horse of some reputation and worth a bet. Ideal type to stick in an each-way double if you have a fancy to go with it.