Newbury Racecourse plays host to a seven-race card in what promises to be a fine day’s racing with Berkshire’s finest in attendance.
Here’s our take on the betting, race-by-race, hopefully you can bag a winner from our full list of horse racing odds on each race!
1.35 – 1¼m 3-y-o+ Maiden
Dante sixth Saab Almanal is the clear pick on his York effort, but he flopped at Newmarket next time, and that effort behind The Grey Gatsby looks to flatter him by some margin. He’s not one to take skinny odds about, and there seems to be plenty of depth in this contest, with John Gosden heavily represented at the entries stage, and double-handed in the race itself.
Long Cross is interesting on pedigree, but this newcomer will surely need the experience, and it’s stablemate Deuce Again who gets the nod. The well-named daughter of Dubawi out of Match Point fared best of those held up when a promising fifth on her debut over C&D, and ought to have derived enough from that experience to see her go very close against more exposed rivals.
2.05 – 1m Fillies’ Handicap
Token of Love looks a solid bet, having won handsomely at Newmarket late last month from a pair of previous winners, and she did so in a good time, while also appearing to have plenty left in reserve.
The handicapper’s decision to raise her 6 lb looks lenient given the style of that win, and given she’s improved a chunk for each of her outings to date, there are valid grounds to expect further progress on just her fifth lifetime start.
2.40 – Steventon Stakes (Listed, 1¼m)
A straightforward task for Al Kazeem if an abortive stud career hasn’t taken the edge off his competitive spirit, but it’s hard to back him at likely prohibitive odds as a result.
Vancouverite is another returning from an absence after flopping in the Dubai World Cup, and is arguably the one to take advantage if the favourite flops.
3.15 – Hackwood Stakes (Group 3, 6f)
Music Master hasn’t struck as yet in pattern company, but he was an eyecatcher in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot when typically showing good speed, but paying for the fact that he was drawn away from the other principals.
He still looks to be improving, but a repeat of his latest run will be enough to win here, and he’s a confident pick. For my money, he will do even better dropped to 5f, and I can see him picking up one of the big 5f contests later in the summer/autumn.
3.50 – Weatherby’s Super Sprint
There is more to come from Bond’s Girl, who shaped better than the bare result in the Albany Stakes at the Royal Meeting, but she and the others will struggle to cope with the smart Tiggy Wiggy, who was runner-up in the Queen Mary, and ought to have far too much speed for her rivals in this contest, and can add to the Hannon dynasty’s domination of the event.
4.25 – 7f Conditions Stakes
The well-bred pair Stealing Thunder and Time Test are of obvious interest, with the former probably the pick at this sort of trip. As always with newcomers, however, the market will tell a story, and stakes are best kept to a minimum.
5.00 – 2m Handicap
A few of these can’t be trusted, but that’s not the case with Bohemian Rhapsody, who won three times on the Flat last year, and returned to winning ways over hurdles at Newton Abbot recently. He certainly won’t lack for stamina back in this sphere.