Friday's Thoughts

Quite competitive racing today at the grade 1 racecourses.

1:30 Newbury

Not the easiest of races to assess but the top three in the betting are all strongly fancied. Buckland should improve for the extra furlong and could be a decent juvenile. At the prices Yair Hill is a tentative each way bet at 4/1. An attractive colt, he ran with promise in a very good Newmarket maiden won by Native Khan. Dunlop's two-year-old should improve for that debut and has place claims. 2nd

6:35 Newmarket

One of the most interesting races of the day but a pretty competitive maiden. The winner of this maiden will be a talented juvenile and a couple of form horses are worth noting. David Simcock thinks a lot of Maher and he is much better than his last running at Epsom. This extra furlong should suit and although a difficult race to win at odds of 12/1 is a fair each way bet. Another to consider is the only filly in the field, Bonita Star. It is never easy taking on the colts but Channon has entered this youngster in a Listed race and clearly thinks she has some ability. That was a fair performance on debut at Goodwood in a tough race and this extra furlong and experience will bring about further improvement. 6th

Bet: 6:35 Newmarket - Maher 1PTEW (12/1) 6th

Comment: 'A competitive race and changing ground made this a stiff task and so it was with Maher seemingly travelling well but then found nothing in the final two furlongs. Perhaps the ground wasn't to his liking. A horse with enough ability to win a race. Disappointing result.'


Today's races:
1:30 Newbury
2:00 Newbury
2:10 Newcastle
2:20 Nottingham
3:20 Newcastle
3:45 Newbury
5:30 Newmarket
6:20 Catterick
6:35 Newmarket
6:55 Catterick
8:20 Kempton

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