Newmarket Tips: A Show To Behold At HQ
Gaz provides his best bets for Friday's Horse Racing at Newmarket where it's time for the stars of the future to shine.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is in our rear view mirrors, the dark clouds are gathering, and the evenings are getting shorter. Put all together and it can only mean one thing, the end of the flat racing season. All focus turns to Newmarket over the next couple of days as this season’s two-year-old crop look to lay down their classic credentials.
The Cornwallis Stakes (13:50) gets the group action underway and it looks a hot race. Hierarchy is the current favourite and that’s just about right based on what he’s done this season. He has Oisin Murphy aboard and I’m sure connections are expecting a big run. There’s a major question mark over whether he’ll like the softer ground though, and on that basis I’m willing to take him on. Guilded caught the eye last time out when finishing fourth in the Cheveley Park Stakes (when 100/1). She steps back to 5f here and with the sex allowance and soft ground could become a player. She does have a lot of ground to make up with Tardis based on their matchup in the St Hugh’s Stakes at Newbury and it is a big ask.
The one for me in this race is Twilight Jet for Irish trainer Michael O’Callaghan. This horse has been very consistent this term and hasn’t been disgraced in some of the top races. Last time out he was beaten into 5th in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes. He was only one and a half lengths behind the winner that day and a repeat of that run should be enough to win this. He should relish the conditions and looks like value at a price of 9/2.
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Inspiral is a red hot favourite for the bet365 Fillies Mile (15:35) but I’m going to take her on. She’s hard to knock after winning all three of her starts to date but I think this is a race with a good bit of depth. Concert Hall has to be respected for her connections alone, and her win in the Weld Park Stakes last time out was impressive. My preference is for Mise En Scene who looks a massive price at 13/2. She’s only had two runs to date and has has won both. I loved her performance in the Prestige Stakes when beating a decent field while still showing some slight greenness. I think there’s loads more to come form this horse and she should have improved massively for that run a Goodwood. She looks to have the heart for the battle and I think she’ll put it up to Inspiral in this contest.
The big handicap of the day is the Old Rowley Cup (16:10) and it looks very competitive. Siskany is the current favourite and I have to admit I have a soft spot for this horse. He was one leg of a treble tipped by me earlier in the season and I’d love to see him notch another win. There’s no room for sentiment in punting though and I think he has a lofty enough mark to contend with here. I’m siding with an outsider in the form of State Of Bliss who represents the Mark Johnston yard. This horse is one you need to catch on the right day so it is a bit of a risk, but I think the price more than makes up for that. His last number of runs have been below par but the win at Ascot on Shergar Cup day caught my eye. He gets similar conditions in this race and if bouncing back to form should give backers a good run for their money.
13:50 Newmarket – Twilight Jet (9/2) Win
15:35 Newmarket – Mise En Scene (13/2) Win
16:10 Newmarket – State Of Bliss (33/1) Each Way (William Hill Paying 5 Places)