13:50 The Denford Stakes
To kick us off, I’m backing Hey Gaman. He looks to still be very much on the up having won two of his last three races. This race is a step back into listed company, but realistically I can’t see there being an issue with the rise in grade, he’s officially rated 103 and can get our Saturday off to a winning start.
14:25 The Betfred Geoffrey Freer Stakes
Defoe comes in to this assignment looking for the four-timer, amazingly he has managed to win over as short as a mile and a quarter having always looked as if in need of a much stiffer test of stamina. He’s upped in distance today and will be bidding to maintain his 100% record at the Newbury venue.
15:00 The Betfred Tv Ladies Day Handicap Stakes
It’s only a fifth start of the campaign for Squats today so he is coming in fresher than most. He was a little disappointing last time at Ascot, but this represents a drop in grade and he has run particularly well for his pilot Georgia Cox before, and takes off a valuable 5lbs. That’s a reproduction of his run when he finished second to Librisa Breeze and I think he’ll be good enough to take this.
15:35 The Betfred Hungerford Stakes
Sir Dancealot so nearly did us a massive favour when second up at Newmarket! You can put a line through his last run at Glorious Goodwood, as he was drawn on the wrong side and basically finished on the bridle.
Yet again, he is going to go off at double figure odds and should be backed each way to cause a bit of an upset with the excellent Daniel Muscutt on board.
2:10 The Pantile Stud Grey Horse Handicap Stakes
Dark Power looks to be another potential decent sprinter from the excellent Clive Cox Academy, off the back of two very easy wins at Nottingham and Leicester he can win again in handicap company before he makes the jump into group races.Keep a very close eye on his colours, as this is one of the great spectacles of horse-racing, with it being restricted to grey horses!!
2:45 The Randox Handicap Stakes
Tommy Taylor turned off a huge layoff to finish an excellent second on his return to action over course and distance. But as is sometimes the case after a lengthy layoff, he wasn’t able to back up that good effort just over two weeks later. He’s had three weeks to freshen up off that disappointing run and his trainer is in cracking form, with winners left, right, and centre after a slow start to the campaign.
3:15 The William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap Stakes
For my final pick of the day, I’m going with Mattmu. He’s mixed it with some of the best sprinters around over the past few seasons, but obviously isn’t the easiest to train as he is a relatively lightly raced five-year-old. David Allan and Tim Easterby are a formidable jockey-trainer combination and he looks to have been laid out for this one.