Newmarket Tips: Crowning Glory
The Cambridgeshire is one of the last big handicaps of the flat season and Gaz is looking to strike gold with a 40/1 priced selection.
We’ve already had two brilliant days racing at Newmarket but Saturday’s card looks exceptional. I didn’t have any strong fancies over the last couple of days but there’s a few that stick out tomorrow, including a big priced horse in the feature race.
Take A Chance
My first bet will come in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (13:50). I’m siding with the most inexperienced horse in the field Coroebus. Given he’s only had one run to date it’s a little bit of a stab in the dark but he’s open to vast improvement. Charlie Appleby is a master with two year old’s and wouldn’t have pitched this horse in here if a big run wasn’t expected. There has been money for Coroebus throughout Friday which is an added positive. I’m a big fan of favourite Masekela and I think these two will fight out the finish, with the Godolphin runner edging it.
Just The Cure
The Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (15:00) is an unbelievable race on paper. There are a few familiar faces in the lineup and most of the runners are very closely matched. I tipped Perfect Power to win the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood but it didn’t work out. If I’m being totally honest I thought he was given a shocking ride that day. Shortly after that run he went on to win the Prix Morny at Deauville impressively. That’s probably the best form on offer and he’s a deserved favourite. My selection here is another horse I’ve tipped previously and that is Dr Zempf. This horses form ties in closely with Castle Star and Go Bears Go and I don’t think he’s reached his full potential yet. A change of tactics last time out brought improvement and I think he’ll love the track at Newmarket. At 6/1 he looks overpriced.
Crown Him Fast
The Cambridgeshire handicap (15:40) is always a great viewing spectacle. The sight of 34 top class horses charging down the 9f course is tremendous. Even if you aren’t having a bet I’d encourage you to tune in. The front of the market is headed by some classy horses who represent top stables. Magical Morning is the mount of Frankie Dettori and he’ll be a popular bet with punters. That’s particularly true given Dettori rode a double on Friday’s card. Frankie would have had the choice of the Gosden horses and it says a lot that he has opted against riding Uncle Brynn. At one stage this year Uncle Brynn was pushing for favouritism for the Epsom Derby which indicates his talent.
In a race like this I personally couldn’t bet any of the horses who are currently single figures. No matter how classy the horse, you need luck in a race such as this and there’s no value if backing the favourites. The ones that stick out to me are the Irish challengers. Dance Jupiter represents Joseph O’Brien and I think he has a superb chance. He’s on a decent mark and the booking of James Doyle is eye-catching. I wouldn’t put you off a bet at 22/1.
My preference here is for the Michael O’Callaghan trained Fastnet Crown. This horse has some decent form and if he was trained by a more high profile name he would be surely lower odds. He’s a pacey horse who has won over 6f so there is a lingering doubt as to whether he’ll stay 9f. He gives me the impression he will and I actually think he’ll relish the test. In addition I think fast ground is the key to this horse and he’ll love the Good To Firm going. He finished third in the Irish Cambridgeshire last month and I think he could go better on Saturday. At 40/1 with firms paying 7 places (William Hill, Betfair, Ladbrokes) I think he’s a great each way play.
13:50 Newmarket – Coroebus (9/4) Win
15:00 Newmarket – Dr Zempf (6/1) Win
15:40 Newmarket – Fastnet Crown (40/1) Each Way (William Hill Paying 7 Places)