Nick Luck is back for more on Day 2 of the Newmarket July Meeting. Action gets underway at 1.50pm….
TATTERSALLS FALMOUTH STAKES (GROUP 1) (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES) 3.35pm
Wuheida can take the feature for Godolphin, Charlie Appleby and William Buick. Usually you wouldn’t be keen to support a filly in this on seasonal return but this isn’t the strongest race for the Grade that you’ll see. She was striking in the Marcel Bousac at Chantilly last October so on the basis of that run and her obvious ability the break of 285 days might not be insurmountable this afternoon.
I respect Roly Poly who is a very decent filly but is there to be taken on at the prices once again whilst Sea Of Grace for William Haggas perhaps wants a bit more dig in the ground and this might not be her best trip, so Wuheida is the selection at around 7/2.
Keep an eye on Greta G, she could very well outrun her odds for John Gosden. Her effort at Ascot was a little bit better than it looked, especially as it was her first domestic start this season and she wasn’t give a hard time by Olivier Peslier that day. She would only need to improve 6 or 7lbs to get involved with the market leaders.
Handicap (Silver Bunbury Cup) (Class 2) 1.50pm
The opener is the Silver Bunbury and is a very hard race to call. The most likely winner is Parfait for Godolphin but is clearly very little value at odds of around the 9/4 mark. You’d expect it will win but readers will know I’m inclined to look for something at better odds in a race of this nature and Shady McCoy fits the bill.
I’m a huge fan of Ian Williams as a trainer, on the flat and over jumps, and he can certainly ready one for the big day. At seven years old Shady McCoy is plenty exposed but faces ideal conditions today and at a track that he excels at looks the one to be with e/w.
Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) 2.25pm
A proper conundrum of a race with the various form from the Chesham, Albany and the Queen Mary to work out. Clemmie has won since a 7th in the Albany, Nyaleti hasn’t run since a good second to September in the Chesham and they head the market. The July course, although it’s up hill at the finish is quite a quick track and often favours a runner from the front end and I thought Out Of The Flames, 3rd in the Queen Mary might be the one for this.
Richard Hannon’s charge should get 6f on pedigree, she will have to of course to win, but she looks too big a price today at 11/2 and can go from the front.
(July) bet365 Handicap (Class 2) 3.00pm
Not the biggest field for a Class 2 Handicap of this value and Titi Makfi looks a strong favourite. I like Atkinson Grimshaw who off the rating he has could easily be trying to win a third race on the bounce in something easier than this. Jimmy Quinn is booked to ride at 8st and off that kind of weight he will need to have this three year old rolling along early and take advantage.
Looks perfect for a positive forward ride, I was quite taken with him at Chester and the way he hit the line there. At double figures in the market he may well have got in a little lightly and is another e/w selection on the day.
1.50 Shady McCoy E/W
2.25 Out Of The Flames
3.00 Atkinson Grimshaw E/W
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.