An excellent three days of racing to look forward to in Suffolk over the next few days, where we look forward to the Newmarket July Festival 2018. BetBright’s Racing ambassador Nick Luck will be on hand with his selections for each day of the meeting. Here he talks us through the opening day…
Newmarket 1.50 – Loxley
This looks a decent spot for Charlie Appleby’s promising colt after his comprehensive defeat of creditable Eclipse also-ran Raymond Tusk here last time. His pedigree doesn’t necessarily suggest he wants this step up in distance, but the way he runs most certainly dies. Considered good enough to contest the Racing Post Trophy last year, this horse has looked promising all three starts, and the stable will know where they stand with his key rivals, three of whom were beaten by their own Old Persian at Royal Ascot.
Newmarket 2.25 – Dunkerron (each way)
If all 8 stand their ground, I’ll be backing Dunkerron each way. I was quite taken with his win at York last time, after which Alan King initially nominated a Listed race at Newbury as his next target. Evidently, he has made significant strides at home to be upgraded to this level, but that is not surprising as he looks a very willing and straightforward horse who now has a combination of experience and useful form. Advertise should be very hard to beat on his Coventry form, but the time of that race does not support how competitive it looked, whilst Legends of war was impressive at Yarmouth, but the form is very ordinary and the time nothing startling.
Newmarket 3.00 – Tribal Quest
This is a useful prospect who looks to have been kept back for a nice handicap such as this. He beat Yafta cosily on the Rowley Mile on Guineas weekend in receipt of just 2 pounds. Yafta is now rated 107, whilst Tribal Quest’s absence in the interim means he can race here off a mark of just 94. He has shown very smart form on this track before, seems to go well off a break, and may well be suited by the likely swinging pace at this distance. I thought Buridan was impressive at Haydock at the weekend, and he looks a significant threat with a 4lb penalty.
Newmarket 3.35 – Raa Atoll
This good-looking colt took a pretty big step forward at Ascot last time, when not beaten at all far in fourth in the King Edward VII Stakes. But for a bit of late interference, he probably would have finished second, a fine effort for one so inexperienced. The opener on today’s card might have been an easier option, so it seems significant that connection choose to come here and use the hefty three year old weight allowance (meaning Frankie Dettori has to ride at 8-8, just one pound above his minimum).
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