THE Flat season still has a bit of puff in it, and Newmarket very much takes centre stage Friday and Saturday this week with the ITV cameras out in full force.
I’m at Newmarket both days on the telly, and Friday’s coverage gets under way with the 1.50pm, the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes for juveniles over 5f.
Sound and Silence is the obvious contender, but I’ll take a chance eachway with ABEL HANDY, who can reverse recent form with the favourite with more improvement likely.
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Next up is the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes for 2yos over 7f, and GAVOTA will take a bit of beating for Roger Charlton.
My hope was third in a Group 2 last time and was a bit unlucky.
This is an open event but every chance of at least hitting the frame.
It’s the Group 2 Challenge over 7f at 3.00pm, and MASSAAT looks a lively each-way bet.
My hope returned in good shape this season at Newbury and wasn’t beaten far behind Ribchester in the Moulin last time. Lightly raced and still can improve.
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The big race class wise is the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile over 1m for juveniles at 3.35pm.
HAPPILY should really be the one after staying on strongly to land the Lagardere. Aidan O’Brien is desperate for every Group 1 as he tries to beat Bobby Frankel’s total of 25 in one campaign.
Punters can really get stuck into the Rowley Cup Handicap over 1m4f at 4.10pm, with each-way betting 1-2-3-4 (at the time of writing).
I’ll have a few quid each-way on HERE AND NOW, who has been in cracking form for Ralph Beckett. A fine third behind Secret Advisor at York last time, this selection stays real strong.
Hard to keep out the frame at the very least.
Matt Chapman’s TV tips
1.50 Newmarket – Abel Handy: ‘Can reverse form with the favourite’ (add to your betslip)
2.25 Newmarket – Gavota: ‘Every chance of at least hitting the frame’ (add to your betslip)
2.45 York – Zabeel Prince: ‘Could be a group horse in a handicap’ (add to your betslip)
3.00 Newmarket – Massaat: ‘Lively each-way bet’ (add to your betslip)
3.35 Newmarket – Happily: ‘Clearly the one to beat’ (add to your betslip)
3.55 York – Star Rock: ‘Improving and could still be well in’ (add to your betslip)
4.10 Newmarket – Here And Now: ‘Been in cracking form’ (add to your betslip)
The good news is ITV also show two races from York, and the 2,45pm is a handicap over nearly 1m.
Although a shortish price in a big field, lump on the market leader ZABEEL PRINCE, who is massively up in the weights but might just be a group horse masquerading as a handicapper for Roger Varian.
Finally, on TV is the handicap over nearly 1m6f at York at 3.55pm. I want to have a few quid each-way here on STAR ROCK, who is getting better quickly and scored for this column at Newmarket last time.
Off 85 here rather than 80 she could still be well in for Hughie Morrison.
So best of luck everyone and hope for some Yeeehaaas. You Betcha!