Architect Tips continues his new daily Tote Placepot tips column with selections for the first six races at Newbury.
Leg 1 Selections: THRAVE
A competitive race to start the action at Newbury, but the one who I really is like is THRAVE,
who ran a solid race to finish second at Doncaster last-time-out when only finding Master Of
Combat too strong and it’s interesting to see Serena Brotherton in the saddle on this
occasion too, who could nurse this well-treated individual back to the winners enclosure.
Mick Appleby’s seven-year-old has only had the one previous start over course-and-
distance, but that resulted with a ‘head’ second in a class two event off a mark of 91. He’s
got a strong record over a mile, so with plenty in his favour off the same mark as last time,
he should go close to winning this race. Fast Steps is the main danger.
Leg 2 Selections: DESPERATE HERO, EIGHT MILE
The Mick Channon-trained DESPERATE HERO looks the most solid option to reach the
frame in leg two, who ran a promising race on debut, when second to Rocket Rodney. The
winner has substantially boosted the form by winning the Dragon Stakes impressively last
time and he should go well now stepped up in distance.
George Scott is operating at an impressive strike-rate of 36% (5-14) in the last two weeks
and therefore debutant EIGHT MILE might be worth an interest as a second choice. He’s got
a really nice pedigree and has Callum Shepherd doing the steering, so he could go well at a
big price and eliminate some units.
Leg 3 Selections: AMERICAN IN PARIS
Leg three is a tricky novice’ stakes event but AMERICAN IN PARIS was slightly unfortunate
not to make a winning debut at Bath and should be more than capable of being in the mix
here with more to come over this longer distance.
She was slowly away on debut before staying on strongly on the closing stages once she
finally got the hang of things, in which she was beaten just a short-head. She’s back against
her own sex here, so Hugo Palmer’s filly should, at the very least, make the frame.
Leg 4 Selections: CHEF DE PARTIE, SPLENDENT
Roger Charlton’s CHEF DE PARTIE looks well-treated on the pick of his form and could
make his presence felt in this race. All of his form is working out nicely, including his latest
fifth and, having been let in here lightly on handicap debut off a mark of 78, this could be the
time he gets his head in front.
Paul Cole’s SPLENDENT was a good third to Coroebus on debut last year and split the
subsequent second and fourth from the Britannia Stakes. He got off the mark at Newcastle
back in November and shaped well when second on seasonal reappearance at Windsor last
time. He looks really well-treated off 83 here and should go close.
Leg 5 Selections: SPECIAL ENVOY
This looks a good opportunity for SPECIAL ENVOY to make it two wins from three starts
with Benoit De La Sayette in the saddle. This son of Frankel was unlucky not to make a
winning debut at Newmarket when beaten just a neck but made no mistake next time.
He was slow into stride but recovered well to get himself into a good position and he
quickened away in the closing stages to score by over two lengths. The runner-up, Star Of
Fortress, bolted up at Chelmsford
Leg 6 Selections: AUSTRALIAN ANGEL
In the final leg, Andrew Balding’s AUSTRALIAN ANGEL gets the vote to potentially make it
three wins from five starts this year. She produced a career-best performance at Windsor
last time and she should have little difficulty handling the step up in trip with the prospect of
more to offer.
Her previous win at Newbury looks a solid piece of form as the second, Zain Nights, is now
rated 83 and the third and fourth from that race are also rated in the 80’s. She has to
shoulder a penalty this time round, but this mark of 68 significantly underplays her ability.