Not a bad day on Thursday for me with Yibir winning well though the other bet One Ruler was disappointing and may be best watched for now. It's three for Friday on day two of the Moët & Chandon July Festival at HQ, all three at pretty nice prices.
Best bets for day two of the Moët & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket
Charlie Appleby has thrown a couple of darts at the opener the 7f Weatherbys Bloodstock Pro British EBF Maiden Stakes. Any regular visitor to the site will know I do like a Godolphin two-year-old at HQ, they save their best for here often, and these two are both potentially smart. Stormy Ocean was third on debut, a little green, a couple of weeks ago at Leicester and should have learnt for the experience. By Frankel he is out of As Good As Gold a fair if not brilliant well-bred sprinter; she has yet to have a winner as a broodmare. The other from the yard is Noble Truth a Kingman colt who showed plenty of greenness on his debut when third in a C&D Novice Stakes last month. First foal of Speralita an unraced Frankel mare he cost 1,100,000 Euros as a yearling and has an entry in the G.1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes so big things clearly hoped for. James Doyle rides and I am on this one at the early 4-1 as I think he might get gambled.
At 3.00 it is the 1m6f Bet365 Trophy and it looks a proper highly-competitive handicap with plenty in with chances. Global Storm clearly likes it in Newmarket, all three career wins have come on his ‘home’ track and one of the two time his colours were lowered at HQ he was second beaten a nose (sixth on other occasion this meeting last year over 1m2f). The chestnut rarely runs a bad race, appears to go on any ground, and may be on a workable mark, just about, still being so lightly raced for a four-year-old especially over this trip; was third in the 1m6f Copper Horse Stakes last time at Ascot staying on. I am on at 5-1 nice and early. Prince Alex is the principal danger.
I deserted Alcohol Free last time and paid the price as she won the G.1 Coronation Stakes on heavy at Ascot the ground having put me off her – it should be remembered it looked like they wouldn’t even race it was that bad! I have to be on the Dirty Dozen member for the mile Group One Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at 3.35 and have the 3-1 taken on Thursday that she can win up the straight Bunbury mile. She gets the weight-for-age allowance on Lady Bowthorpe and should have too much for Snow Lantern and Mother Earth again as she did at Ascot.
Over at York Final Song goes in the Group Three 6f William Hill Summer Stakes at 2.40. Having run in the G.1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the Royal Meeting she would be fancied but for the fact she has to carry the penalty and give nine pounds to the three-year-olds which is a big ask.Be lucky