Best bets for the Moët & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket

Just the one winner for me on day one, Yibir, Walk Of Stars beaten in a three-way photo, Albahr pulled too hard and was disappointing and Little Big Bear was a non-runner. I lost a few pennies but should rectify that today with the two I fancy. I will know my fate nice and early as the two I have backed are in the first two races.  

Best bets for day two, Friday, at the Moët & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket

Charlie Appleby will also introduce two juveniles in the opener the 7f Weatherbys EBF Maiden at 1.15. Flying Honours is clearly the stable number one ridden by Buick with Apppleby saying in the build-up “Both are now ready to make their racecourse debuts. Flying Honour, who will be ridden by William Buick, is a nice individual, showing a nice level of ability at this early stage.” Any regular visitor to the site will know I like a Godolphin debutant at HQ so the son of Sea The Stars is the pick at 6-4 overnight as I can see this one getting gambled.

I stick with the team from Moulton Paddocks for the 1.50 the 1m2f bet365 Handicap. I have mentioned New London on all three of his starts and back him on both this season when he won here at HQ on the Rowley Mile at the Craven meeting and then when he was beaten in the G.3 Chester Vase in May. He didn’t seem to appreciate the tight nature of Chester but it has to be said his second doesn’t look that bad when you take into account Changingofthegaurd who beat him that day won the G.2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. A mark of 99 surely under estimates him and he should be backed at the 11-4 that is about Thursday evening.  

We won’t get to see the much-anticipated clash between Homeless Songs and Inspiral in this with the Irish filly set to return to action in the late summer or early autumn it appears; not that surprisingly bearing her preference for a bit of give in the ground. That clash is something to look forward to but in the here and now Inspiral looks as good a good thing as you will see for a while. She is of course priced accordingly and unbackable at long odds-on – it’s a race to enjoy rather than punt in.

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