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Like many geldings BLAKENEY POINT tends to reserve his best efforts for the spring and autumn, with five of his seven wins coming in September/October and the other two in April/May. He’s also best in fields and if we only consider his handicap runs, outside of the summer months, his record becomes 111111 (6-6). He ran respectably in a big field at Haydock last time, finishing sixth of 16, and he’s taken to land the 1m4f Dubai Duty Free Handicap at Newbury (2.20), a race he won in 2017.
In the same race I also want to side with SCARLET DRAGON, who will appreciate the return to Newbury after disappointing in a hot race at York. His record at this venue, below Group 3 level, stands at 112 (2-3), with the defeat by half a length in an 18-runner handicap.
PITCHCOMBE (2.55 Newbury)
With the wind forecast to be behind the runners in the straight at Newbury today it could be difficult to make ground from off the pace, making the Clive Cox-trained PITCHCOMBE of interest in the 7f Dubai Duty Free Nursery Handicap (2.55). The son of Lethal Force made virtually all from a poor wide draw on his nursery debut at Kempton last time, scoring by three lengths on his first start since he was gelded.
SALUTE THE SOLDIER (3.55 Newbury)
SALUTE THE SOLDIER, another Clive Cox-trained frontrunner, is taken to complete his hat-trick in the 7f Dubal Duty Free Cup Stakes (3.55). The four-year-old is stepping up to Listed level after gamely landing handicaps at Ascot and Goodwood, where he had Tabarrak a neck behind in second on each occasion. His old rival heads the market at even money here but Salute The Soldier should enjoy the run of the race and looks good value to confirm the form.
TODAY’S BEST BETS
Blakeney Point – 2.20 Newbury (1pt win, 4-1 Coral)
Scarlet Dragon – 2.20 Newbury (1pt win, 11-2 Ladbrokes)
Pitchcombe – 2.55 Newbury (0.5pt win, 7-1 Ladbrokes, Coral)
Salute The Soldier – 3.55 Newbury (1pt win, 9-2 generally)
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