The Daily Mail's Sam Turner guides you through Friday's TV action at Newmarket and York.
Afandem, fourth in a hot Doncaster event, and Ayr Listed winner Clem Fandango both arrive in excellent form, while Naas scorer Courage Under Fire is respected given the might of his connections. However, MRS DANVERS (Best price 2-1) has enjoyed an extraordinary season and can complete a wonderful nap hand of victories. Jonathan Portman’s filly is versatile ground wise and displays an admirable attitude which was again on show at Newbury in Listed company last time when proving too strong for Equimou. She has been given time to recover from those exertions and can win the opener.
Andre Fabre is always to be respected on his forays across the Channel so, given that he won this race three years ago with Miss France, DOUBLE LADY (Best price 3-1) could prove the answer to a compelling race. Fabre’s daughter of Stormy Place looked a classy juvenile in the making when scoring smoothly at Maisons-laffitte and, given that form has begun to work out well, she should go close especially as she seem likely to enjoy a good tow into the race courtesy of impressive Salisbury scorer Poet’s Vanity. The last-named shouldn’t be underestimated as she blitzed her rivals last time and could be a dangerous rival to afford a lengthy early lead.
Last year’s winner Cable Bay boasted many of the characteristics displayed by JALLOTA (Best price 9-1) prior to winning this, so trainer Charlie Hills looks likely to have targeted the ultra-consistent five-year-old at this race for a while. As well as Cable Bay, Hills has also sent out a couple of placed horses in this event in recent years so Jallota appears the type to keep on side providing recent trips to France and Italy haven’t taken the edge off him. Today’s conditions look perfect and he seems likely to have a good pace to run at late on.
This race poses a scenario which may seem familiar for punters; are we seduced by an exciting Godophin youngster or do we stick with the tough-as-teak Ballydoyle battalions to deliver yet again at the highest level. SOBETSU (Best price 5-2) just gains the nod as she routed her field in a truly-run course and distance maiden last time and looks a high-class filly in the making. She faces stiff competition though from the Aidan O’Brien-duo Rhododendron and Hydrangea who are closely matched on their running at the Curragh last time. Spatial also looks a major player as she was runner-up on debut to Sunday’s Group 1 winner Wuheida in a race which is working out well (Sobetsu backward in 3rd) before duly winning in style next time so looks a chief threat.
This race is arguably one of the best handicaps of its type this season with a host of multiple winners in opposition. Therefore, NEW CALEDONIA (Best price 12-1) can only be a tentative selection in a race chock full of progressive types. The selection won an Ascot handicap in a strong time from DANEHILL KODIAC (Best price 12-1) before finding the soft ground against him last time when third to Southdown Lad. He could be a typical Mark Johnston handicapper who bounces back to winning ways today. Given his proximity to the selection at Ascot, it would be folly to overlook the claims of the consistent Danehill Kodiac who should also have conditions to suit and is worthy of an investment given the form of his last race is working out well.
Raising Sand has struck form since being united with George Baker and Jamie Osborne’s charge will rightly be popular for this fiercely-contested handicap following his Ascot win. However, but HOME CUMMINS (Best price 16-1) often saves her best for this track and could be ready to bounce back to form after one or two subdued efforts. Her defeat of Cambridgeshire-fifth Celestial Path on the Knavesmire in July was achieved in a rapid speed figure and she could be a spot of value to regain her best form. Fort Bastion is becoming very well treated again and is respected along with course specialist ONE WORD MORE (Best price ) who was third to Home Cummins over course and distance in that July handicap. The latter is also worth a small wager with confidence tempered by his wide draw.
Newmarket and York host a couple of belting staying handicaps today and CAPE COVA (Best price 8-1) is fancied to maintain his progression by landing the one held on the Knavesmire. A good winner of a Doncaster handicap which is working out well, the selection looks just the type his handler excels with and the handicapper may not have his measure given the horse he beat on Town Moor has won since. Both of his career wins have been achieved in strong speed figures and his yard continue to churn out the winners.
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