The July Festival at Newmarket rolls into its second day and we also have some quality action at York on Friday. Our man O'Malley has two selections at both meetings, including a pair of 40/1 shots...
John Gosden’s Ben Vrackie may be a Group horse in a handicap here and the top of the market is fairly solid besides, but there is still plenty of strength, experience and form among those lingering at the foot of the weights for this 1m6f handicap.
The one I like is Manjaam, available to back at odds ranging from 33/1 to 40/1 this morning. This former Ed Dunlop trained inmate has seen his BHA handicap mark slip right down to 85 over the past 12 months, but he hasn’t been running badly in defeat and the form of his 6th at Ayr last time out is working out very well, with the runner-up and the 8th home there finishing 1st and 4th in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock last weekend. He stays well, the ground is ideal and he’s worth a nibble at big prices for the in-form Ian Williams.
Odds of 9/2 about this Stuart Williams trained 4yo look quite attractive on the back of a taking success over the 7f course and distance here last time out. Breathtaking Look is a winner in 3 of her 5 starts to date, but her latest effort was a clear career best run and in producing a Racing Post Rating of 93, backed up by a fast speed figure, she hinted that there could be black type, pattern class ability under the bonnet.
Her form on good to firm is 1-1-2, so we know the conditions are fine. The form of the latest win is working out well too and a mark of 88 remains very workable. Her price is perhaps more indicative of the competitive nature of the race, rather than her actual chance of winning provided she remains in the same vein of form and gets a regular amount of luck in-running.
Here we go again with another enormous price! I can’t resist having a few quid on this Roger Varian trained filly, who ran up to an RPR of 94 and a decent Topspeed figure of 70 when finishing 4th in a Listed event over 7f at Carlisle last time out. She went off the boil after winning on her 2yo debut, but has improved notably through each of her last handful of outings and I think a big field here, back over 6f, could bring about another step forward.
Impulsion will get a 6lb pull with the older mares here, many of whom have been around the block a fair bit. The 3yo bunch don’t look overly intimidating either, so it could be worth a pop on this outsider who doesn’t have a mountain to climb to get involved, provided she can find a few more pounds of improvement.
I really fancied Archie Perkins last time out, backed him accordingly, as did plenty of others as he was punted into a strong 15/8 favourite for the Beverley handicap. In a nutshell, he should have bolted up and was unlucky on the day.
Nigel Tinkler’s 4yo has been in tremendous form in 2019, he has a bit of course form, the ground is fine and I see few reasons why he shouldn’t go very well once again.
Breathtaking Look is part of your Tasty Treble for Friday.
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