I’m off to Newmarket Thursday for ITV and I’m in a very lucky position as the meeting is now behind closed doors.
As well as HQ, we also have a couple of races being broadcast from Pontefract and let’s get straight to it.
Here is what I’m eyeing up on the day:
The coverage starts with a handicap for youngsters over 1m. Frankie Dettori is back for Godolphin here with the Saeed bin Suroor-trained LAST SUNSET and there is every chance the filly can make all the running and score.
She was far from disgraced when touched off at Ascot last time and seems to stay well.
Now a handicap over 6 furlong and I’ll have a few quid each-way here on LADY OF ARRAN. My hope has not been disgraced at big prices on her last two starts and Georgia Dobie takes off a handy 5lb.
She’s not won for a little while, but stays well and could easily slip into the frame.
Up in class here for a Group 3 for two-year-old colts and geldings over 7 furlongs, where all eyes will be on LA BARROSA here. He should be hard to beat for Charlie Appleby and William Buick.
The son of Lope de Vega was well fancied on debut at Ascot over this distance and did really well to see off Derab. That was impressive and he could be very good indeed.
Lastly at Newmarket, a Listed event over 2m and it’s hard to get away from MILDENBERGER here – who brings in a rating of 112 for Mark Johnston and Franny Norton.
A tough sort, my fancy was second in the Sagaro at Newcastle last time and while he’s probably better on the all-weather he does have form on turf. Can chase Withhold and out class that rival late on.
A handicap here over 1m 2f and it’s wide open affair. VICTORY CHIME is down 1lb in the weights, but essentially is in the grip of the handicapper.
However, he loves this trip and has been far from disgraced on his last two starts at Chester and Sandown. He might get back to winning ways for Ralph Beckett and Rob Hornby.
Another handicap to enjoy, but this time over 1m 4f and NOT SO SLEEPY might be hard to catch.
A natural front-runner, the selections was pulled up when last seen at Cheltenham but was in good form for much of the last jumps season and has a bit of class. He has a chance to dictate for Hughie Morrison and Graham Lee.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
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