After a 17/2 winner yesterday, Architect Tips has selected six tips for today's action with three running at Newmarket.
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ROYAL CRUSADE (best price 8-1) has been shaping as though a drop to the minimum distance wouldn’t do him any harm as he’s been showing a lot of speed over further of late against higher-quality opponents. This is the first time he’s dropped down from group/listed company since winning on debut and let’s not forget he even beat Glen Shiel at Deauville last year. He is a strong-traveller so this distance is worth exploring, while his useful claimer takes off a useful five-pounds, too. He is a pattern-class horse running in a handicap who even ran well in the 2020 Commonwealth Cup and this looks like the easiest opportunity he’s been granted for sometime as an opening mark of 98, when you take his riders claim into consideration, looks eminently workable.
A wide-open renewal of the Cambridgeshire but INDEED (best price 28-1) caught the eye to finish sixth at York following a 14-month absence last time on debut for his new yard when beaten only two-lengths and is fancied to build on that effort here with up to six and even places on offer.
He isn’t seen often but is very good when we do and his second in a Group 3 over today’s course-and-distance in 2019 demonstrated that, as well as placing behind Lord North when an unlucky third in a listed event is easily some of the best form on offer. He subsequently switched to Simon Kirk and this smart six-year-old ran a blinder to finish sixth on his return last time at York, where he hit the front at the two-furlong pole and looked like winning until caught late on when beaten only a couple of lengths. The handicapper has surprisingly dropped him a pound since and the retained booking of Ben Curtis can be seen as no negative, either, who ridden him nicely last time. He has a good draw in stall seven, has the course form, has fitness on his side this time, looks well-handicapped and makes plenty of each-way appeal.
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GORTROE JOE (best price 7-1) likes it around here, especially when allowed to dominate and, having won by twelve-lengths the last time he competed over today’s course-and-distance, Fergal O'Brien charge gets the vote to potentially make it win number three at the Lincolnshire venue.
The nine-year-old has built up a good association with claimer Liam Harrison, as the pair teamed up to win twice last year and this capable sort was last seen running well back over hurdles to finish second at Perth behind subsequent winner, Minella Trump, and was an excellent second on his latest chase start when beaten only a couple of lengths by Evander from a pound higher mark. He saves his best for good, good to firm ground with form figures on the surface reading 3122F132 and, in the expectation that he’s fully tuned-up for his return to action, this course-specialist looks great each-way value.