Horse Racing tips: Here’s 8 on a plate with Timeform’s Newbury Friday fancies

A bite-sized guide to every race for a fun Friday,


13:20 – Mirage Magic

Mirage Magic boasts a good North American pedigree, a Bobby’s Kitten filly whose dam was herself a winner, including as a two-year-old, and she ran to a fair level in making a successful debut at Wolverhampton earlier this month, making headway under pressure approaching the final furlong and edging ahead in the final strides.

She was clued up for her debut but is likely to improve all the same, with most of George Boughey’s other juveniles having taken a sizeable step forward from first to second run this season, and she boasts leading claims.

13:55 – Marlay Park

Marlay Park has been somewhat unfortunate to have twice run into an above-average winner in his two races to date, firstly being beaten by subsequent Gimcrack winner Minzaal at Salisbury on debut, and then finding only Mujbar, who contested the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster next time out, too good at Newmarket last time. Marlay Park looks speedy and remains with potential, and a repeat of either of his two performances to date should see him very difficult to beat.

14:30 Fox Vardy

Fox Vardy made a winning reappearance when landing the odds by a wide-margin at Newmarket in June, a gelding operation looking to have done him the world of good, and he emerged with credit in his two subsequent runs, finishing third in handicaps at York and Ascot.

He went off way too hard when well beaten on Newmarket’s July course last time, so is best not judged on that run, and he looks well worth another chance to regain the progressive thread now stepped back down in trip.

15:05 – Genuflex

Genuflex finished in front of a fairly useful rival when second at Chepstow in July, and he didn’t need to improve on that form to get off the mark at Windsor the following month, leading inside the final furlong and well on top at the finish, beating home one who had won in similar company previously.

He could only finish third at Sandown last time, but he more or less backed up his Windsor effort, just not getting going soon enough. Newbury’s more galloping track should show him to better effect so he gets the vote.

15:40 – Jumby

Jumby attracted support ahead of his debut at Ascot in July, and he duly looked potentially useful in making a winning debut in good style, well on top in the finish after quickening to lead over a furlong out.

The New Bay colt ran to a similar level up in grade at this course last time, just flattening out after what looked a promising forward move. This looks to be a good race of its grade, but Jumby has created a good impression on his two outings to date and is taken to regain the winning thread.

16:15 – D’Bai

D’Bai took advantage of a drop in grade to get off the mark for the season at Haydock in July, not needing to improve to win with a little to spare, and there has been enough in his two subsequent runs, both at group level, to suggest he is still in form. He is a consistent performer at this level and should give another good account.


16:45 – Lucid Dreamer

A Dansili filly whose dam is a half-sister to St Leger winner Logician, Lucid Dreamer duly made plenty of appeal ahead of her debut at Kempton last month, and she looked a good prospect in making a successful start to her career, always holding on after quickening clear two furlongs out. She is beautifully bred, remains open to improvement, and should have more to offer now tackling turf for the first time.

17:20 – Inclyne

Inclyne ended last season in good form, and she proved better than ever to make a winning return to action at Newmarket back in June, deserving extra credit for making her challenge from wide. She is up 4 lb for that win but the form is solid enough, and she goes well when fresh, so she gets the nod in what appears to be a tightly-knit affair.

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