Racing returns to Newbury this afternoon (2.10-4.45) with six races on their first Flat card of the new season and MansionBet are sponsoring every race, as well all races on Friday and Saturday at Newbury.
Our tipping expert has a selection from all six races at Newbury on Thursday afternoon.
Global Hope will be popular here with Oisin Murphy booked to ride after a decent reappearance at Yarmouth last week. A drop back in trip to 6f will suit and he’s got sound claims. Alfie Solomons is another for the shortlist if finding his feet back on turf but frontrunner Our Oystercatcher may give this a bold sight under Hector Crouch and represents some value at
9/1* with a field of eight going to post.
Tambourine Girl ended last season with a pleasing success at Kempton, showing determination to get the verdict in a three-way photo over this 6f trip. Roger Charlton’s horses are in good form since racing resumed (23 per cent strike-rate with four winners from 17 so far) and Jason Watson’s filly looks the sort to make further progress this season. She’s fancied at
4/1 to give this a real go.
It’s tough to look past the claims of
8/13 fav Stylistique here. Roger Varian’s filly was second in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on her penultimate outing last season and a repeat of that will likely suffice. African Story for John Gosden and Richard Hannon’s Exhibit are two of the possible improvers that make appeal as each-way alternatives to the market leader.
Those that have run don’t set a high standard, though both Choral Work and Tenfold are likely improvers. John Gosden’s newcomer Worthily is a close relative to the yard’s St Leger winner Lucarno and much respected, but there’s plenty to like about
7/1 chance Uganda Heights on pedigree too. He represents the hot team of Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy on debut and should know his job.
The John Gosden-yard sends out two likely newcomers here in Portrush – by Frankel and a sister to Enable – and Waldfabel (also by Frankel) but they may have to settle for minor money behind
4/7 favourite Gold Wand. She was denied by the promising Domino Darling on debut at Doncaster in the autumn, the front pair having pulled well clear. That race has thrown up four subsequent winners and this filly by Golden Horn should be good enough under Andrea Atzeni.
Trainer George Boughey is making good strides as he approaches a full year with his license next month. He’s fired in seven winners from 21 runners in 2020 and that might have been eight had Involved not raced too keenly last week at Newmarket before finishing a narrow second. The gelding is quickly turned out again before the handicapper has a chance to reassess and James Doyle’s mount should justify
5/6 favouritism in the concluding race.
Enda McElhinney’s Newbury Tips
*All odds correct at time of writing