Newbury Betting Tips
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HURRICANE POWER was beaten by only a short-head at Windsor on his penultimate start and he showed a similar level of form when denied by a couple of lightly raced rivals back at the same venue last time. He sets the standard based on those placed efforts and can get off the mark here.
SERENE SERAPH offered encouragement when third behind a couple of talented fillies on her debut at Doncaster in June and she again shaped well when filling the runner-up spot at Salisbury a couple of weeks ago, finding only a promising sort too strong. Serene Seraph was well clear of the remainder at Salisbury and showed a level of form that marks her out as the one to beat here.
BOYFRIEND shaped with plenty of promise when pulling clear with a subsequent winner at Windsor on debut in June. He has yet to build on that effort but he offered some encouragement when fourth at Salisbury last time as he went with enthusiasm at the head of affairs but ultimately left the impression that the step up to a mile from six furlongs had stretched his stamina.
The way he went through that race suggests seven furlongs could be his optimum trip so it would be little surprise to see him take a step forward here on his handicap debut.
There are four previous winners in here but the one to side with could be HOUSTONN given the promise he showed at Salisbury last time. He was too green to do himself justice on debut when down the field in a strong race at Newbury but he took a big step forward with that experience under his belt and was only narrowly denied at Salisbury, losing out by just a short head to an Aidan O’Brien raider with the pair pulling four and a quarter lengths clear of the third (Boyfriend was a further neck back in fourth).
Houstonn went close despite still not looking like the finished article so he can progress again to get off the mark.
AL MUBHIR ran out an emphatic winner of a mile handicap at Haydock on his final start last season and he underlined his effectiveness on testing ground when landing a similar event at Leicester earlier this year. He’s come up short on his three subsequent outings but he’s been running creditably and fared best of those held up in the Golden Mile at Goodwood last time, despite meeting trouble in running.
Most of his form has come at a mile, but he ran well when third in a seven-furlong listed event at Haydock in May and the more testing ground here will be in his favour. He gets the nod over stablemate Aldaary who has the best form on offer but has been below his best this season.
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ESMERAY has improved with each outing and got off the mark in style at Ffos Las last month, readily quickening four and a quarter lengths clear. She scored with plenty in hand on that occasion so an opening handicap mark of 79 could prove lenient, particularly with the step up to a mile and a half from a mile and a quarter promising to bring about further improvement from this well-bred, lightly raced filly who is in excellent hands with Ralph Beckett.
CONCORDE disappointed at Pontefract when last seen in June, but the sound surface may have counted against a horse who had progressed so well on softer ground during the spring. Prior to that Concorde had won three of his first four starts in handicaps, and it really should have been four from four as he would have won easily at Chelmsford had he not been prematurely eased by his rider who picked up a 28-day suspension.
Concorde has been given time since his effort at Pontefract and returns with plenty of cut in the ground, so he looks worth siding with to resume winning ways.
Newbury Betting Tips
*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change
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