I have been the head cheerleader for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby all week and, spoiler alert, things don’t change on Friday. No apologies are made, he has some class horses and the yard are in flying form. A few I have backed before are out on Friday and three will be backed again. I am going up early and have taken the overnight prices on two (one I will shop around) as I think they will all get backed.
Best bets for the horse racing at Newbury
My first bet goes in the 1.45 the 7f Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises British EBF Fillies' Conditions Stakes. I tipped Silk Romance on her debut at Kempton when second and then again at Newmarket on her second start when she won and promptly entered the 1,000 Guineas betting. As I have said before she is by Shamardal the Champion two-year-old and subsequent French 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner she is out of Lyric Of Light who won her three starts at two including the G.1 Fillies' Mile before being disqualified from the 1,000 Guineas (finished last and failed a drug test) never running again. She will surely prove too good for this little line-up but annoyingly is slightly odds-on at 8-11 with Bet365 on Thursday afternoon as I write so I will have a shop around for the best price as and when more chalk-up.
King Of Conquest, was tipped to win on debut at Sandown recently and the colt duly obliged. Again, as I said at the time, being by high-class juvenile and French 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner Lope De Vega out of Listed winner Moi Meme herself by unbeaten champion two-year-old Teofilo out of top-class broodmare and Group Three winner Di Moi Oui (won her sole start at two) his breeding screams two-year-old winner. He looks a great bet in the Mile 41st Running Of The Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes at 2.55 and I have the 15-8.
The Listed 7f Dubai Duty Free Cup Stakes at 3.30 sees a couple of favourites of mine face-off with Al Suhail and D'bai lining-up. Neither have been at their very best this season but both showed signs of getting back to form last time. Following his confidence booster in a Conditions event last time that he won without breaking sweat Al Suhail is the pick at 4-1. It could be a Godolphin 1,2,3 here with the chestnut filly Silent Escape an obvious danger with the sex allowance whilst Albasheer is probably the best of the three-year-olds getting the weight-for-age.