It’s been a quiet betting week for me, just the one bet and that was ante-post for this coming Saturday. I am waking from my punting slumber though with a couple of bets for Friday afternoon. At the time of writing only Bet365 have chalked-up so I won't quote prices, grab the best you can when you can.
I have talked many times in the past about Godolphin two-year-olds at HQ, quite simply they are always worth at the very least a second look when you see one declared. Charlie Appleby has had a fairly quiet week runners wise but the yard had a few in the entries for the Friday evening meeting at Newmarket, four of them two-year-olds. Two will run and I am going to suggest both should be backed. William Buick is doing the steering on the pair.
The first of the evening meeting is due off at 3.05 and is the 7f MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Fillies' Novice Stakes. A’Shaari makes her debut and this sort of test should be perfect first time up. She is by Dubawi out of Hibaayeb, a G.1 winning mare over eight and ten furlongs who was trained by Saeed bin Suroor from three onwards. A full-sister to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Wuheida, also trained by Appleby, and a winner in France for Godolphin Ophelia's Dream so they know the family! Yard had two entered for this and this filly was also entered at Yarmouth on Sunday so the fact she is the one Godolphin representative and comes here rather than a trip to the east coast looks significant.
The next is the 7f MansionBet Bet £10 Get £20 British EBF Novice Stakes due off at 3.45. Visionary Ruler makes his racecourse debut in this, another by Dubawi out of Alessandria who won a couple of races in her short racing career when trained by Ed Dunlop. A half-brother to four winners including three-year-old Well Of Wisdom who has been winning at Listed level for the stable this season. Recent winner Magallan is the obvious danger but has to give them all 7lb.
All being well that’s a couple of winners for Friday afternoon, nice and early on poets day, and they should pay for a cheeky crème de menthe or two to get the weekend started.