Horse Racing tips: Frank Hickey’s slick picks at Newmarket today

Day one of the three-day July meeting and Frank's all over it.


York 12.45 – Equitation

This is a very competitive sprint handicap and Nahaarr could prove far too good for these but he did overrace a bit at Royal Ascot and if he does similar here, he again could be vulnerable near the finish.

The one I thought was a fair price was Equiation for Stuart Williams, who was very consistent last season, winning at Ascot and Windsor while also placing on numerous occasions. His last win was in impressive fashion at Ascot off a mark of 87 and while he finds himself 5lbs higher today, he is capable off that mark if on a going day.

His two visits to the July course have resulted in a second and a fourth beaten under a length, so he acts well on the course and with him being a double-figure price, he rates an each-way play.


Newmarket 13.15 – Maydanny

Maydanny is a half brother to Elarqam, so he certainly is bred to be well above average and while things didn’t really go according to plan last season with two second places in two average maidens, he really has seemed to have found his form this season.

He bolted in on handicap debut at Yarmouth off a mark of 80 and while seventh in the Silver Hunt Cup off a 10lb higher mark would look slightly disappointing, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Maydanny had a really unfavourable low draw and won his side. He would have been a massive player had he been drawn high then.

He gets to race off the same mark here and will take quite a bit of beating.

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