The posts on the blog are out of sync this week but the bets I am having over the weekend are already on as of Thursday lunchtime so I have posted.
There is plenty of racing Saturday, a few I have talked of before running as well, but most of it is fairly simple fair it has to be said and I am trying to be selective. Newbury hosts a couple of Group races and a Listed heat and is the main meeting. The couple of bets I am having follow.
Best bets for the horse racing at Newbury Saturday
It’s the Group Three 1m5f BetVictor Geoffrey Freer Stakes at 2.20. Hukum lines-up and he is of course one I have backed a few times now, and has won me a couple of bob. Under the race conditions he has to give them all weight here but to my eyes he is clearly the best horse here, he has a track and trip victory to his name and advertised his well-being winning at York last month over this trip (give or take a yard). I would expect to see a similar run here, the four-year-old coming on the bridle as the rest start to struggle and going clear in the final furling. I am that confident I actually took 11-8 on Wednesday.
Perhaps race of the day art 3.30 we are back on the straight course for the 7f Group Two BetVictor Hungerford Stakes. This looked a real headache for me with Space Blues, D’bai and Al Suhail all entered along with fivethousandtoone all horses very much on my radar. It has narrowed down to just D’bai and Al Suhail actually running and the Appleby trained four-year-old is the selection. Gelded after a disappointing run in the G.1 Dubai Turf he was third last time in the G.2 Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot, tipped on here, he was one of those that tried the slightly different route and he ended up wide turning in and got going too late. I remain convinced he can win a race like this, gone close in Group One’s, and I am on at 11-4 again taken very early on Thursday. Sacred getting all the allowances has to be respected.
Horse racing at Deauville on Sunday
Whatever you are doing on Sunday make sure you are near a TV at 2.50 for the Group One Prix Du Haras De Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois at Deauville. Palace Pier is reported to be in top order for his bid to win back-to-back running's. Thady Gosden said this week: “Obviously it was frustrating to miss the Sussex Stakes with Palace Pier but he seems to have come back to himself and Frankie was very happy with him when he worked him last Saturday.” He is the best miler in Europe, possibly the world, and is priced as such at a shade odds-on. I can’t have a bet at the price. It’s probably no surprise to see Poetic Flare in the line-up, he’s has danced every dance this season so far. He gets 6lb from the jolly and on official ratings has every chance of winning if he can keep up with his relentless schedule. Alpine Star, has nicked me a couple of bob before, has also travelled, Jessica Harrington’s filly only found Palace Pier too strong by three-quarters of a length twelve months ago when the ground was heavy and she has a chance of placing again. Add to that 1,000 Guineas winner Mother Earth is also entered and as a three-year-old filly gets weight off them all. She’s another who has run plenty of times already this season, including winning the G.1 Prix Rothschild over track and trip recently. This could be the eight-furlong race of the year. We may have been robbed of the usual Dual on the Downs at Goodwood with the Classic generation ruling the roost but we do have the Dual at Deauville.