Ascot & Newmarket Tips: Neb A Winner

Gaz looks forward to a bumper weekend of horse racing and provides his best bets from Ascot and Newmarket.

These are the weekends we look forward to as horse racing fans. There’s Group action everywhere you look, the pick of which comes at Longchamp on Sunday. I’ve looked through the cards and I’ve decided to sit and watch the quality races, but I think there’s some value to be had in the handicaps.

Astronaute To Rocket

My first bet comes pretty late in the day, the lucky last at Ascot (16:25). These 5f races are always fast and furious and this will be no different. The one I like here is El Astronaute who represents the John Quinn stable. On the face of it his recent form doesn’t look up to much but I think he’s actually shown some promise. He was 14th of 22 in the Sky Bet And Symphony Group Handicap at York last time out.

While that doesn’t sound great, he was only 5 lengths behind the winner. The handicapper has dropped him a further 2lb for that effort and I think he’s on a great mark now. His back form is very solid and this looks to be the easiest race he has faced in a while. The softer surface will be no problem and, blazing a trail from the front, he’s a great each way bet.

Neb A Winner

My final bet on Saturday is in another lucky last, this time at Newmarket (16:40). Flame Of Freedom is a deserved favourite and has been in great form winning her last two races. She’s shot up the handicap for those wins and I’m not sure she’ll be up to that challenge. My selection is Nebulosa who represents the Andrew Balding stable. Balding is fighting for the trainers championship and every winner will count in that regard. Nebulosa is a horse that has disappointed this season. She’s shown flashes of talent but has also ran a couple of shockers. Last time out at Chester her run was in the shocker category, but that can happen at that track, especially when slow away.  She’s well treated tomorrow and as a course and distance winner I expect a big run at a decent price.

SRD Selections

Ascot 16:25 – El Astronaute (14/1) Each Way (SkyBet Paying 4 Places)

Newmarket 16:40 – Nebulosa (6/1) Win