Best bets for day two of the Craven Meeting at Newmarket

It was nice to be back racing at Newmarket yesterday, okay I am biased as I tipped two and they both won, but there is something about HQ in the springtime that sets the old pulse racing. I am concentrating on the Craven meeting again on Wednesday.

Best bets for day two of the Craven Meeting at Newmarket

The first race I am punting in is the 1m1f Listed bet365 Feilden Stakes at 3.00. Bold Act is another from the yard of Charlie Appleby but he did me a couple of favours yesterday and this one looks another decent type. A winner of four of his five starts, he was second on the July course on debut (i tipped him), he took a Conditions event over a mile at Chelmsford City at the start of the month which should have put him cherry ripe for this. He is one I have talked of a lot but being odds-on for all three of his wins at two I haven’t backed much! You can back him today and I took 100-30 with Power overnight as just about everyone else was going carpet. Regal Honour is one I have talked of before and is feared whilst Blanchland was progressing nicely last year but I think will want further this term; was a staying on second in the 1m2f G.3 Zetland Stakes last back autumn. 

Race of the day is the 7f Group Three Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes for the fillies at 3.35. Appleby and Buick have another chance in this in the shape of Fairy Cross. I would argue she was the best two-year-old but the form of the G.3 Prestige Fillies' Stakes she won is far from red hot, in fact nothing has come out of the race and won since. She has a recent run in Dubai, second to 110 rated Mawj, under her belt so should have the fitness edge as well as the experience advantage on most of these. I wonder if one of the more lightly raced types will improve passed her and the most likely looks Coppice. The daughter of Kingman won her debut over 7f at Kempton in October nicely, especially when you consider she dwelt at the start and had to be switched to get a run when they got going. This filly could turn out to be a real nice one for Juddmonte. It's a flip of a coin for me and I have gone for Fairy Cross at 7-2 BPG early, her win at Goodwood having been on softer ground and greater experience hopefully in her favour.  “I’m pleased with her. She’s come forward for that last run and she has done well at home. She should be a key player in the Nell Gwyn.” Charlie Appleby told the Godolphin website this week.

The lucky last on day two is the 1m2f Price Promise At Bet365 Handicap, a tricky affair on paper but I really quite like one here. High Honour was as green as grass on debut over a mile at Sandown on debut before getting off the mark at the second attempt at Goodwood, again over a mile, on soft in September. He was third at Chelmsford City last time when stepped-up to ten-furlongs but was badly hampered when challenging and would surely have been closer but for that. Gelded earlier this year the only way he is repaying the investment Godolphin made in him is by winning races now and hopefully he can kick-off his three-year-old campaign by winning this. An opening mark of 90 should look lenient afterwards. I am on at 3-1 BPG this morning and the gelding is perhaps the one I fancy the most today. 

You could have a Appleby/Buick Patent if that's your thing. 

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