So far this week I have tipped three horses and all three have finished second! It’s a very annoying little run to be on but hopefully I have one for Friday and a few for the weekend that will put things straight.
It’s a busy Friday with plenty to tempt us gamblers but as I say I am having just the one bet, at Newmarket in their evening meeting on the July course.
Best bets for the horse racing at Newmarket
The opener at HQ is the 5.10 the 7f British Stallion Studs EBF Restricted Novice Stakes and it looks at the mercy of Bold Act to me. A staying on second on debut over track and trip in July to stable mate Highbank, I was on the wrong one out of the pair, all being well compensation awaits here. The winner got first run on him last month and Harry Davies was far from hard on the colt when it was clear his chance had gone. As I said last month this colt is by New Approach out of Dancing Sands making him a half-brother to 2-y-o 7f winner Wakening (won over this track and trip) so you would expect this one might be a fair juvenile. Highbank looked a real prospect, has some big entries, so that second might turn out to be top-class form in time. He is odds-on and unbackable though in this but keep him in the notebook.
Godolphin have three in the mile British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes at 6.15, Lenormand, Castle Way and Al Wasl Dream. The last two named are making debut, and it looks a race best watched rather than bet in despite my usual liking for a Godolphin debutant at HQ. Lenormand was sixth on debut at Newbury in what might prove a decent Novice as two winners have already come out of the race.
At 6.48 they face a mile for the Racing Tv Handicap and there are a few in with chances here but I think I have worked this little puzzle out. First Dance has a couple of track and trip wins to her name from this time last year and has dropped to 56 in the OR’s - a mark considerably below all her winning marks over her career. She aint getting any better at eight but has to be considered off this rating. Just Amber won last time at Nottingham over their extended mile but this would require a career best off a mark of 69. Fulfilled also has a track and trip win to his name, last month, and was perhaps unlucky at Sandown last time when finding some trouble in running. His mark here is just 3lb higher than when winning last month and as a three-year-old open to improvement yet he is the one to be on in this. Spencer rides again and I am on at 5-2 with Hills for him to swoop late in the usual Spencer style.