Unbelievably I had three bets at Newmarket on Friday and all three finished second. Honestly, if I feel in a barrel of tits I'd coming up sicking my thumb at the moment.
You can't give up though and I am involved on the Flat again Saturday. In fact, I am having six bets at Newmarket so you could have a cheeky Heinz if you want and hopefully it will be worth more than a hill of beans!!
Best bets for the horse racing at Newmarket
Charlie Appleby sits atop the Trainers Championship at the moment and should stretch his lead this weekend as he has plenty in with chances on Saturday; Will Buick must wish he had this sort of book of rides a couple of weeks ago!
We have a Charlie Appleby newcomer in the 7f Prestige Vehicles British EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes at 1.15 (two debutant seconds here on Friday). Carnival Girl is the filly making debut for Godolphin and the Appleby yard and she is certainly bred to be decent. By Derby winner and multiple Group One winner New Approach and out of a multiple Group winner, including the G.1 Yorkshire Oaks, in Punctilious this one should be one to watch next year as she steps up in trip. That said both Sire and Dam won on debut as two-year-olds over seven furlongs so hopefully their daughter can do the same. I have the 9-4.
At 1.48 it is the 1m1f 888sport What's Your Thinking Nursery. New Mission cost 380,000 guineas as a yearling and slightly better things than a Nursery such as this were probably hoped for. That said he has progressed with each run having a bit of bad luck on debut over 7f at Sandown and racing a little awkwardly round the bends at Chelmsford over a mile he got off the mark last time at Epsom over 1m½f. Slight step-up in trip again should suit and there are no bends to worry about here. Looks to have got in lightly off 84 for his handicap debut and he can win this at 4-1.
At 2.23 they face a mile for the 888sport What's Your Thinking Handicap. Noble Dynasty was a 3,600,000gns yearling being a half-brother to three winners including dual G.1 winner Barney Roy. The colt has had a troubled career thus far, only run five times, but has two wins to his name. Fifth place in a decent race at Haydock perhaps better than it looks as he found trouble and the cheekpieces going on for the first time is likely to see a little improvement again from the three-year-old. He can take this and I am on at 2-1.
They host three Listed races on the card the first being the Listed 1m British Stallion Studs EBF Montrose Fillies' Stakes at 2.58. With The Moonlight is a Frankel full- sister to UAE G.1 winner Dream Castle that has started to get the hang of things. She ran very green when modest fourth of five over 7f at Newmarket on debut and was still green whilst winning a mile fillies' maiden at Chelmsford in August on her second start. She followed up in good style at Wolverhampton last time and looks one with plenty more to come yet. Get on at 2-1.
The second Listed race on the card is the 3.33 over 1m2f the 888Sport What's Your Thinking James Seymour Stakes. Bay Bridge arrives in great heart clearly appreciating the step-up to this trip this season. He has three wins to his name from three starts in 2020 and has been improving at a rate of knots. As a three-year-old he gets the weight-for-age from the rest of the field here and truth be told I would fancy him to win this even without that bonus. Get on at 4-5.
The last race of interest to me on a busy day at HQ is the 4.08 the Listed mile 888Sport What's Your Thinking Ben Marshall Stakes. Zakouski has a couple of Group Two wins to his name out in Dubai and won this race last year. The five-year-old is still relatively lightly raced, has won fresh before so the lack of a recent run is of little concern, and quite frankly, he has easily the best form. Get on at Evens.
Of the two Listed runners Charlie Appleby said “Zakouski is in great order, but obviously this is his first run in Britain this year. However, we are pleased with his level of fitness. Hopefully if he can go and run well or win that might give him an opportunity to head to the Bahrain International Trophy next month. He won this race last year on bottomless ground. With The Moonlight had her first start at the July Course and then went on to win around Chelmsford. She then progressed again to go and win comfortably at Wolverhampton on her last start. It is a step up into Listed company but she gets the trip well and I feel she is ready to have a crack at this.”Be lucky