Newbury, Nottingham and Yarmouth provide the Flat Horse Racing action on Thursday afternoon, while in the evening both Haydock Park and Leopardstown (in Ireland) host decent cards on the level.
We will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for two races from the Berkshire racecourse and one from the Merseyside track in the evening. Those races being Newbury’s Listed 1m 2f Abingdon Stakes at 2.55pm, a 1m Class 5 handicap at 4.05pm and at Haydock the 5f sprint handicap, due to be run at 6.30pm.
Our Tip for the 2.55pm at Newbury:
On current ratings this Listed fillies’ contest looks to rest between Godolphin’s Creative Flair, an excellent second behind next week’s Coronation Stakes fancy Primo Bacio at York’s Dante meeting last time, and Lilac Road, a narrow third in a Listed race at Goodwood on her most recent start.
While both fillies boast obvious claims, the Simon & Ed Crisford-trained Pretty Fair may be capable of causing a shock, as the well-bred contender was good for more than the winning margin of a neck would suggest on just her second start, at Salisbury last month.
By Dubawi, out of Oaks winner Talent, the mount of Robert Havlin is certainly bred in the purple. And after looking likely to win easily in that Salisbury race, the filly, due to her inexperience, idled when in a clear lead inside the final furlong. With plenty of potential on just her third outing, Pretty Maid is taken to upset some better fancied rivals.
Our Tip for the 4.05pm at Newbury:
Plenty of unexposed types in this three-year-old one mile handicap, including The Queen’s Secret Haunt and the Tom Ward-trained Aussie Rascal, with Ryan Moore in the saddle for the first time.
The horse who appeals most however, after showing gradual improvement, is the 69-rated Allerby, from the stable of Henry Candy. The filly showed promise on her debut in a decent Salisbury maiden as a juvenile last September (the highly-regarded Noon Star finished third) before beating all bar Godolphin’s Looktotherainbow on Kempton’s all-weather surface.
Fourth at Newmarket on her reappearance behind the now 101-rated Bellosa, the mount of David Probert has since finished sixth in a fillies’ handicap, back at headquarters, but was beaten only two lengths. The daughter of Iffraaj doesn’t need to improve much on that performance to go close in this Class 5 contest.
Our Tip for the 6.30pm at Haydock:
Ventura Express and Fox Hill are sure to prove popular for this 5f sprint handicap under their 5lb penalties, following recent victories at Pontefract and Redcar respectively. The Paul Midgley-trained Ventura Express was particularly impressive, a fact that is sure to be reflected in the price of Kevin Stott’s mount.
A similar performance is sure to see the son of Mayson go close. But at a double-figure price it could be worth chancing the eight-year-old Dark Shot, from the Scott Dixon stable.
The veteran sprinter was fancied for last Saturday’s “Dash” at Epsom but failed to make the cut for the race the mount of PJ McDonald had finished runner-up in on two previous occasions.
The Acclamation gelding has now dropped to a mark of only 72, 4lb lower than when last successful. And after narrow misses at both Epsom and Redcar this season Dark Shot can prove the value bet of the race.
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