Another weekend of excellent racing to look forward to this weekend and BetBright’s Racing Ambassador, Nick Luck, looks ahead to the action at Newbury, Newmarket and Market Rasen…
Newbury – 1.50: Desert Encounter -4/1
Desert Encounter will find this significantly easier than some of the races he’s been asked to contest of late and he showed his liking for this track when beating Second Step by a neck here last autumn.
His good third to Poet’s Word in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes was enough to convince me that he’s no back number and the front of the market here looks a little bit suspect.
Newbury 2.25: Stratum – 4/1
This is an unoriginal choice, but judged on his effort in the Ascot Stakes, Stratum remains pretty well handicapped.
I thought he was unlucky not to win that race, where he ended up being forced extremely wide and was making ground hand-over-fist late on. I think he wants pace to aim at and he’s likely to get a stronger gallop over this trip than at Ascot which was over half a mile further.
Newbury – 3.00: Dream of Dreams – 11/1
Admittedly, this is my ‘cliff’ horse, but 11/1 is a huge price so I’m prepared to back him again in the Hackwood Stakes at 3.00.
Essentially, he never got a run at Sandown last time and I’m not sure Newcastle was what he really wanted the time before. I think a step back up to 6f is going to help him and on what he showed last time, he’s more versatile ground-wise than we first thought.
He travelled like a very good horse at Sandown and was backed accordingly – everyone seems to have forgotten about him!
Newbury – 3.35: Snazzy – 12/1
I’m going for Snazzy here, whose third in the Marygate Fillies’ Stakes at York to the subsequent Queen Mary winner reads very well here.
You can forget her own run in the Queen Mary because she was in season, but what she showed both on her debut and at York, was that she was all speed and a fast, flat 5f should suit her perfectly.
Whether stall 24 is the right part of the track still remains to be seen but I’ll take a chance that the bias might have evened out from earlier in the season.
Market Rasen – 2.05: Je Suis Charlie EW – 10/1
In the summer Handicap Hurdle, I’m going to take a chance on Je Suis Charlie, who didn’t look over resolute in his first three starts over hurdles, but got his act together at Southwell last time – he gets weight off everything and Conor King is an outstanding find for this discipline.
He might not be the most hardy in a finish, but a quickly run two miles is probably what he wants and he’ll travel round on the bridle for long enough, so is probably a good each way proposition.
Market Rasen – 3.15: More Buck’s – 8/1
The Summer Plate can go the way of More Buck’s, who seemed to be gingered up at the change of scenery when bolting up for his first start for Peter Bowen last time.
On his very best form for Paul Nicholls – which wasn’t all that long ago – he’s still really quite a well handicapped horse, so there might be another strike or two in him before the handicapper has his say.
Newmarket – 2.45: High Garden – 7/2
This horse has an engagement in a much better race than this at Glorious Goodwood and she didn’t actually run too badly even though she was beaten eleven lengths in the Ribblesdale. Given her inexperience she acquitted herself quite creditably, particularly given how much of the early pace she wanted to be a part of.
This will be slightly easier and this well-regarded filly can make amends here.
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