Bit of a nightmare yesterday with neither of the tips ever looking like winning! We move onto Friday and my interest is focused on HQ where they race on the July course.
Best bets for the horse racing at Newmarket
Charlie Appleby has bowled me a bit of a googly (chuck in a cricket metaphor as the Ashes are on) by running two in the opener the 7f Pertemps Medical Radiography Fillies' Novice Stakes. Faithful Springs makes debut, and I usually back any of his debutants at HQ blindly, but he also has Wild Goddess in the line-up. Faithful Springs is a well-bred type but with Jamie Spencer booked I can see her running into a place and learning a lot for the experience but can’t see her winning. William Buick prefers Wild Goddess and that looks like a sensible decision to me. Fourth on debut at Haydock she literally walked out of the stalls there and ran-on nicely over the six-furlongs, not overly knocked about by Buick, suggesting the step-up in trip here won’t hurt. Summit was a short-head ahead of her in third up on Merseyside but with a clean getaway here all being well I fully expect the Godolphin owned filly to reverse that form. I have a bit of the 11-10.
The third race of interest to me at Newmarket is the 6f British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Handicap at 8.05. Star Guest and Jumbeau are closely matched on the recent running here at over this track and trip when Star Guest prevailed by 3 1⁄2 lengths. The second gets a 9lb reverse in the weights which, on paper, should make it closer but the Charlie Appleby trained filly looked to have a bit up her sleeve with Buick giving her just the one tap as she scooted clear. She appeared to love the tip, it was her first try at six, and I think there may be more to come from here yet over the trip and wouldn’t be surprised if she was rated nearer the 100’s as the season progresses. I am on at 2-1.
I am all in with Charlie Appleby and William Buick but it wouldn't be the first time they had dominated a meeting here.