Sam Turner has picked four horses worth backing live at Newmarket today.
Masked Marvel, Shantaram, Feel Like Dancing and Mr Singh have all landed the Bahrain Trophy for John Gosden in the past decade and FIRST ELEVEN (Best price 5-2) may well add to those gains in this year’s renewal.
Fast ground and a step up in trip will play to the strengths of the Frankel colt and he was unfortunate not to win a well-contested handicap at Royal Ascot when hampered at a crucial stage.
That was the best speed figure the selection has produced in a career which appears on the upgrade and the long, unrelenting straight should suit a galloper like First Eleven.
By common consensus ADVERTISE (Best price 6-4) emerged with great credit from a poor draw in the Coventry Stakes. Stall one was always going to make life tough for the son of Showcasing, but he powered home in great fashion to snatch second, a length behind the outstanding Calyx. That performance vindicated the view of trainer Martyn Meade who believes Advertise could become a viable Guineas contender next May. Victory today would certainly enhance that opinion and the selection may just have the edge on Legends Of War courtesy of his greater experience.
The vagaries of the draw aside, this six furlong handicap looks a cracking renewal and a chance is taken with BURIDAN (Best price 9-1) to back up his impressive Haydock victory on Saturday.
Of course, it won’t be so easy trying to make all the running again with 19 largely progressive and in-form rivals breathing down his neck, but trainer Richard Hannon has always held the Choisir colt in high regard and it is almost 15 years to the day since Buridan’s father finished second over this course and distance in the Darley July Cup, a race which also delivered rider Hayley Turner her career highlight to date.
The selection must carry a penalty for that smooth Haydock victory, but is thriving at present and already boasts valuable course experience.
The withdrawal of Algometer last night really spoils the shape of this race from a betting perspective, but MUNTAHAA (Best price 10-1) is still worth supporting given he appears over-priced this morning. There wasn’t a great deal to separate the John Gosden-trained selection and Mirage Dancer in the Royal Ascot Listed event won by Monarchs Glen so it is perhaps surprising to see the market disparity between the two today.
Neither enjoyed the clearest of passages, but Muntahaa looks sure to progress again for a return to 12 furlongs and he improved markedly on his Chester reappearance (tried to make all) last time. It is perhaps significant connections have kept him in training and he looks an interesting contender at a price.