There’s a high quality eight-race card to look forward at Newbury on Friday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway previews the action exclusively for MansionBet.
1.00 bet365 EBF Novice Stakes (Div I)
This looks like a good opportunity for FIND to break his maiden.
The John and Thady Gosden-trained son of Frankel built on the promise of his debut fifth at Yarmouth in May when a clear second behind Lusail in a 7f novice at Newmarket last month and that form looks good now. The winner landed the July Stakes back at that track last week.
There is nothing of Lusail’s quality in this line-up and Find sets a high standard.
Selection: Find @
1.35 bet365 EBF Novice Stakes (Div II)
John and Thady Gosden look capable of completing a quickfire double here because this race should be one-way traffic for REACH FOR THE MOON, who is a class apart on this year’s form.
Reach For The Moon showed promise when second on his debut at Yarmouth and took a big step forward to chase home Point Lonsdale in the Chesham at Royal Ascot.
he pulled three and a quarter lengths clear of the remainder in that Listed event and a reproduction should be good enough to land this weaker-looking contest.
Harrow is best of the remainder judged purely on form and might be the best forecast option.
Selection: Reach For The Moon @
2.10 bet365 EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes
A wide-open maiden fillies’ race in which any number have a chance.
BANSHEE showed plenty of promise when third in a 6f fillies’ maiden at Goodwood last month. She travelled well but ran green under pressure before keeping on nicely close home.
That form has been franked by the runner-up, who has won since, and Banshee has leading claims here with Frankie Dettori taking over from Kieran O’Neill in the saddle.
Helene showed promise over course and distance on her debut and heads the dangers, ahead of Majestic Glory, who wasn’t beaten far on her first outing at Windsor just 11 days ago.
Selection: Banshee @
2.45 bet365 Fillies’ Handicap
This could be another one for Frankie Dettori, because he has a huge chance on GOLDEN BUGLE.
The daughter of Golden Horn broke her maiden over 1m4f at Doncaster last month and she looked a really strong galloper.
It was telling king the way in which she powered home, with a relentless long stride, and the step up a furlong and a half in trip should bring improvement.
It’s a strong race, though and Quenelle D’Or might prove the pick of a solid bunch of rivals.
Selection: Golden Bugle @
3.20 Ire Incentive, It Pays To Buy Irish Rose Bowl Stakes
There was a lot to like about the way BOSH scored under a penalty over course and distance last time and he is fancied to complete a hat-trick.
The Richard Hannon-trained colt has a progressive profile and he always looked in control on route to that victory. He was well on top at the line and scored by a length and a quarter.
This is a stronger race, but Hannon often saves his better juveniles for this course and Bosh is taken ahead of Frankella, who is out of 2015 Juddmonte International winner Arabian Queen and looks the main danger.
Selection: Bosh @
3.55 bet365 Handicap
It might be worth giving OZ LEGEND another chance after a below-par run at Leicester last time. He went off joint-favourite on that occasion, but didn’t show his best in fourth.
Oz Legend is better judged on his previous fourth in the London Gold Cup at this course.
That was a hot race, run in a time more than five seconds quicker than the fillies’ Listed race on the same card, and a reproduction of that form should be good enough to win this.
Cheekpieces are now added and Oz Legend looks sure to appreciate the step up to 1m4f.
Selection: Oz Legend @
4.30 Ire Incentive, It Pays To Buy Irish Handicap
This is an open 12-runner handicap and it might pay to side with SUNSET.
The lightly raced three-year-old has run his best races at this track and caught the eye when a good third in a course-and-distance handicap last month under this rider Pat Dobbs.
He was disappointing when a beaten 3-1 favourite at Chepstow last time but reportedly found the drop to 7f and undulating track against him. He could bounce back over a mile back here.
Goodwood Glen won nicely over course and distance last time and looks the big danger.
Selection: Sunset @
5.05 Ire Incentive, It Pays To Buy Irish Apprentice Handicap
It might pay to stick with the eight-year-old SIR RODERIC, who was beaten only a neck in second in a 7f handicap at Chepstow last week and is 4lb ahead of the handicapper.
Sir Roderic has form at this course and is well suited by quick ground. He should win.
Brunel Charm has been in good form on the all-weather and looks the main threat.
Selection: Sir Roderic @
*All odds correct at time of writing