Get all the info to bash the bookies as ITV’s Matt Chapman runs you through the cards on Wednesday
LAST year you would have been watching Frazier, but ITV have saved the Craven meeting from being extinct for many and so we can look forward to much decent coverage from Newmarket and Cheltenham Wednesday on ITV4.
Let’s start at Newmarket with the 1.50pm, a 6f handicap.
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REPUTATION ended last season with a heavy loss at Ayr, but he stays 6f strong and has blinkers on for the comeback, suggesting John Quinn means business. Ryan Moore has been booked which will dent the price, but also makes you think connections hope for a bold show.
It’s the Free Handicap at 2.25pm over 7f, and some decent three-year-olds are on show. A wide open market here, and with the dead eight have a few quid each-way on SIR DANCEALOT, who just failed to see out 1m behind Rivet in the Racing Post Trophy.
Back at 7f here for David Elsworth, there’s every chance of a bold show and while others have got tongue ties and headgear to try and help them my selection appears straightforward. Shane Kelly is a good booking for a horse to be delivered late.
It’s the Group 3 Earl of Sefton at 3.00pm over 1m1f, and I like the look of FOLKSWOOD, who is fit from racing in Dubai against some useful types. Charlie Appleby must have every chance of taking this for Godolphin.
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Then the big Classic trial at 3.35pm, with the Group 3 Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn over 7f for fillies. There’s every chance the home team are average, so lump on French raider PAMPLEMOUSSE, who looked good in a small event at Chantilly 15 days ago for master European trainer Andre Fabre.
Lady Bamford may have another decent one on her hands and the fact Fabre is here is a massive positive.
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1.50 Newmarket – Reputation
2.25 Newmarket – Sir Dancealot
2.40 Cheltenham – Village Vic
3.00 Newmarket – Folkswood
3.35 Newmarket – Pamplemousse
Over at Cheltenham ITV4 show the Grade 2 limited handicap over an extended 2m4f at 2.40pm, and the one I want a few quid on each-way is VILLAGE VIC.
He is, of course, high in the handicap, but he’s going to bounce off the ground up front and will be hard to keep out of the frame for champion Richard Johnson.
So best of Luck everyone. More to come Thursday. You Betcha!