Best bets for day two of the Moet & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket
Nightmare day one with all three bets getting beat, Masar it has to be said looks a shadow of the colt that won the Derby! On too day two.
The 2yo fillies line-up at 2.25 for the 6f Group Two Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes. Daahyeh arrives two from two and has looked a filly going places; you had to like the way she won the G.3 Albany at Ascot but nothing has come out of the race and done much since; she might be worth taking on at a short price. Final Song steps up in trip and down in class having finished third in the 5f G.2 Queen Mary at the Royal Meeting – I tipped her. Winner Raffle Prize re-opposes but with a 3lb pull and an extra furlong, I fancy the Godolphin filly to gain some revenge. The booking of Ryan Moore suggests a big run is expected. At the prices, I have taken a bit of the 9-2 about her to beat the hotpot.
At 3.00 it is the bet365 Trophy over 1m6f. I put up Secret Advisor at Royal Ascot as an each-way punt for the 1m4f Duke of Edinburgh Stakes where the gelding finished down the field. That was his first run for 22 months so should have blown away a few cobwebs. He was competing at a much higher level than this at his peak and if Charlie Appleby now has him back to somewhere near that the 5yo would prove too good for this line-up. At 13-2 he is worth a punt.
We have the mile Group One Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at 3.35. Five-time Group 1 winner Laurens will sadly miss the engagement due to a minor injury and this does not look the best of renewals to me. Beshaayir has been improving and might be the one to take advantage of a lack of a truly top-class filly in the line-up. She won the G.2 Lanwades Stud Stakes at the Curragh last time, making all, with I Can Fly and One Master behind (One Master 3lb better off at the weights today). She could be on the upgrade, will likely get her own way in front again, and at 4-1 looks a fair punt to me. Veracious has looked just below top-level whilst G.3 Nell Gwynn Qabala has failed at the top level twice since that win and even with the weight-for-age looks up against it.