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After finding three winners on Thursday’s card at Newbury, our tipster returns with the best bets for this evening’s action.
John Gosden’s blistering start to the season continues at pace, the Clarehaven maestro boasting a 30 per-cent strike-rate after Thursday’s racing. KING OF ARMS was progressive on the all-weather through the turn of the year, winning at Kempton in January and just failing under a penalty at Wolverhampton next time. There should be more to come on turf and he looks overpriced at
9/1 under Martin Harley, who rode a winner for the yard here yesterday.
Roger Teal’s BEAR FORCE ONE was well-supported for last week’s return at Newmarket but he didn’t quite seem to handle the undulations of the track. He had looked progressive last season, including a demolition of his rivals over this C&D in September. He and Newcastle runner-up Jackstar boast a fitness advantage on their rivals here and James Doyle’s mount is fancied to make it count at odds of
Being capable fresh and now back on a winning mark, Heather Main’s ISLAND BRAVE is given a chance to outrun a huge price of
33/1 in this tough handicap. He has stamina for further and will be well suited if there’s plenty pace on early doors, while he reforms a partnership with William Buick that was successful on their sole previous attempt. He’s vulnerable to younger, progressive sorts but could make the frame.
Moll Davis will be popular here having looked a shade unlucky in running at Newcastle when fourth last time. The market has found her though and instead preference is for LUNAR JET, seventh in that Newcastle AW race and
8/1 now. He’s got fairly sound claims from this mark on his best turf form and is 2-2 at this venue, both wins over this trip on today’s forecast good-to-soft ground.
Into the realms of the unknown on the second half of tonight’s card, with a plethora of what should be informative novice races. Mark Johnston is in good form and his two-year-old’s are faring well, with a 24 per-cent strike-rate so far. Well-related QAADER (
5/2), by Night Of Thunder, should know his job first time out under Jim Crowley in the Hamdan Al Maktoum silks.
Again, there is nothing to work with form-wise for these juveniles and so discretion is the better part of valour from a punting perspective. That said, the Godolphin team do appear quite keen on Dubawi newcomer AL WATAN –
5/2 – and he might be the one to give Saeed Bin Suroor his first juvenile winner on these shores this season.
The old firm of John Gosden and Frankie Dettori can be the answer in this Fillies’ Novice Stakes over a mile with
11/8 chance LOVE AND THUNDER. She’s one of a few with racecourse experience, having finished second at Deauville in November on her sole start for Andre Fabre. That form was boosted when the winner recently went close in a Listed race and the daughter of Siyouni is a very likely sort on debut for this powerful team.
Three penalised winners here in the shape of AL MADHAR, Encipher and Vintage Rascal; with preference for Jim Crowley’s mount at
2/1. Richard Hannon’s string are starting to motor along nicely and the form of his Newmarket maiden success on debut last summer has a strong look to it. He could be one to follow now.
JACKSONIAN got within a length and a quarter of Military March on debut at Newmarket last season, with that rival scooping a Group 3 on his second start and running a fine race (fourth) in last weekend’s 2,000 Guineas at HQ. That maiden also had two next-time-out winners and with trainer Ralph Beckett in blistering form, it’s tough to get away from the Frankel colt and
13/8 favourite in the finale.