We have a selection for every meeting in Britain on a seriously competitive Saturday, featuring a Nap running the bet365 Cambridgeshire.
It’s worth chancing ROYAL ADVICE to bounce back to his best at his favourite track now he returns to Newcastle for the 6f handicap that closes Friday night’s card.
Keith Dalgleish’s horse won three times from four starts at this venue in the early part of 2021 but his form on turf has tailed off in the last few months.
However, he didn’t run badly at Ayr and Doncaster in July and August and his turf efforts have at least seen his handicap mark drop to 72 – 2lb below his last winning mark at Newcastle.
Drawn well in 12 for a stands’ side run, he’s taken to prove himself a Tapeta specialist with Callum Rodriguez, who is three from eight on him, back in the saddle.
LONG TRADITION can land the bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap for Saeed bin Suroor.
Two starts ago he gave Sea Sylph 18lb and was beaten a length at Windsor, with William Haggas’ filly winning cosily at Goodwood on Wednesday off a mark of 83. Long Tradition bolted up at Chelmsford after that as his Windsor form entitled him to do, but the form isn’t looking too shabby as the second, Voice Of Wisdom, was second at Hamilton off 83 and the third, Pride Of Priory, won a Ripon maiden at the end of August.
A mark of 90 could seriously underestimate the talents of this gelded son of Shamardal – his dam was placed in a Group One on her third start - and Bin Suroor, who has a healthy 19.81% strike-rate with first-time cheekpieces, has added the sheepskin headgear for good measure.
With the stands’ rail to help, talented pilot Marco Ghiani could enjoy a dream trip off the front end on a horse fresh as paint following a two-month mini-break.
The market has taken a strong view of the unexposed three-year-old Noble Dynasty, but his form is some way off the likes of Nugget, and he is probably not tighter in the betting because he has an absence to overcome.
However, he travelled like the best horse at the weights when narrowly denied in the Thirsk Hunt Cup when last seen in May and he is definitely the one to beat despite a subsequent 4 lb rise in the weights.
Nugget is arguably unlucky not to have won all three of his starts so far this year, conceding first run on the latest occasion and just failing to get up, but he did record an eye-catching closing sectional on the clock. He is worth marking up for that effort and his absence since isn’t much of a concern given his record when fresh.
Charlie Appleby is yet to win the Royal Lodge but his sole runner in this year’s renewal, Coroebus, looks very interesting indeed.
He is the second foal out of a half-sister to Thunder Snow, and he very much looked the part when making a convincing winning debut over a mile on the July Course last month.
Coroebus was strong in the market on that occasion, so clearly connections were expected a big performance, and he more than delivered, easily putting aside one with previous experience and the pair pulled well clear of the remainder.
That form is working out, too, with the runner-up winning a nice race at Ascot next time. Coroebus took the eye on looks and could have any amount of improvement in him now. He shouldn’t be underestimated.
Caramelised was just a fairly useful maiden on the Flat for Richard Hannon but he looks like a promising early-season juvenile hurdler judged on his first two starts for Alan King.
He beat a next-time-out winner with ease on his debut in this sphere at Stratford in July and was even more impressive when thrashing the reopposing Addosh by 19 lengths under a penalty over the same course and distance last time.
Caramelised faces another unbeaten hurdler in Sacre Pierre now, but that rival will need to improve a fair bit to match the form that Caramelised has already achieved, and the hat-trick is very much on the cards for Alan King’s up-and-coming three-year-old.
This looks a competitive nursery but it could pay to side with the least exposed runner in the field, the Mark Johnston-trained Harb, who looked much more professional when opening his account at the third attempt at Chelmsford this month.
It looked a match on paper beforehand but Harb proved much too good, travelling strongly in front and readily drawing clear of his rivals in the straight when asked to quicken.
He faces more hardened, experienced rivals now, but there isn’t an abundance of pace in the race on paper, and he should be able to get a good position out in front. An opening mark of 89 should prove beyond him and he is open to more progress than his rivals.
Mark’s Choice has an excellent record at this track, winning five times in all, with four of those coming over course and distance.
The latest of those was in the Great St Wilfrid consolation race on his first run back after undergoing a third breathing operation.
That was a good performance and he was arguably unlucky not to follow up in a lesser race back here next time, stuck on the rail and unable to fully open up until the race was over.
Mark’s Choice left the impression he was still in form despite finishing down the field in the Ayr Bronze Cup last time, having little chance from his position, and he is fully expected to bounce back to his best returned to his favoured venue from a good draw.
Cash Machine was a cheap purchase given his pedigree, but attracted support on debut and shaped well when second to a now-useful performer at Kempton.
He built on that promise as expected to win his next start over course and distance from one who has won twice since, including a handicap off a mark of 87.
Cash Machine ran up to form on his next two starts before producing a below-par effort at Newcastle last time. That was his first run for five weeks and he was easy to back in the market, so he may well have needed that, and on his previous form he remains well handicapped from a mark of 80.
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