There’s a busy card at Newbury on Saturday and plenty of exciting racing elsewhere. Sam Boswell has picked out his top tips.
Dream Of Dreams
There’s a nine-race card at Newbury. The Hungerford Stakes (Group 2) is the highlight. This 7 furlong race features a field of 10 and the current going is good to soft. I’m very, very keen on the market leader Dream Of Dreams here. He arrives in to the race fresh off a very good 2nd on his seasonal reappearance at Royal Ascot, when just touched off by Hello Youmzain in the Diamond Jubilee. Even carrying a little bit more weight than some of the others in the field, I’m convinced Sir Michael Stoute’s horse can win this contest.
The 6-year-old arrives here from a yard that is bang in form, with the Stoute team boasting a 36% strike rate in recent days. Champion jockey Oisin Murphy has hit another purple patch of form and is booked to ride. There is so much to like about Dream of Dreams who I think has an excellent chance of dispatching the rest of this field. Threat, the second favourite, doesn’t particularly concern me. Richard Hannon’s horse has yet to really find form as a 3-year-old. Dream of Dreams is the horse I expect to get the job done and get us another winner.
Newmarket plays host to a spectacular sight with the Grey Handicap race this weekend. It’s a particularly popular race that provides the stunning scene of 12 greys charging down the July course. The actual race itself is always a competitive handicap, but I think I’ve found one at a massive price that I quite like each way. Stuart Williams tends to really do well over these short distance trips. Although his yard haven’t been in the best of form recently, I’m prepared to take a bit of a punt on one of his runners in the race.
I think the 5-year-old Lethal Angel, a winner over the trip previously, is back down to an attractive mark, having been dropped to a mark of 68. This is a horse who has previously won off a mark of 68 at Brighton. She comes in to this contest boasting a fairly decent record at Newmarket on the July course, having run here three times and finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th. It is also notable that Marco Ghiani takes the ride. He’s ridden this horse three times finishing 2nd, 2nd and 3rd and take a handy 5lbs off the horse. At 18/1, I think this is a contender to be a cracking each-way on a busy day’s racing in a unique race that’s well worth the watch, even if you’re not having a bet.