It is fantastic to have UK racing back and after a long time off we can return to considering trying to find a value play or two with plenty of daily action expected to come thick and fast.
All those involved with getting British racing back today deserve a big pat on the back, the BHA has faced sometimes fair backlash over certain events but it has done its best for the sport here and a restart at Newcastle is something we can all get behind. As exciting as the ten-race card is in the North East don’t forget we also have top class French racing which will be worth keeping an eye on.
Whilst I have been watching plenty of the French action on Sky Sport, I held off tipping on the vast majority of it during its early return. It is well worth watching the higher end of the action over the sea, given so many of the stars will clash later on in the year when hopeful travel restrictions are lifted. The move of this race to Deauville does little to concern me with a confident selection of Victor Ludorum to win. He lost his unbeaten record when he could only finish third on his seasonal reappearance in the Prix de Fontainebleau. Some may want to take the prices on The Summit who beat him that day, I think a combination of Victor needing the run and a brilliant enterprising ride won the day for The Summit in that group three race. Today Victor Ludorum can get his revenge under Mickael Barzalona and is win bet worth backing at 2/1.
Luck On Sunday - Each Way
The second division of the maiden looks very hot with plenty of big yards represented, It is safe to say the next few months maidens will all be likely to feature at least one above-average horse. The 6.15 on paper has plenty who could be ones to keep on the right side of. Market leader Valyrian Steel is an interesting debutant by Frankel but, at the prices, I think I can look elsewhere. The next pair in the betting at the time of writing are Wise Glory and Byzantine Empire, both have experience but my preference will be with the unraced Luck On Sunday for John Quinn. The three-year-old was given a positive report by the trainer last year in his stable tour and he has clearly been patient with the filly. At two million Euros the price would suggest she should be up to winning a contest of this nature as would her brilliant page. At 11/2 I expect her to at least be in the mix at the finish and will be having a small stakes each way bet on her.