15:10 Newbury

The feature race on the card is a competitive sprint-contest and while she has a little bit to find with Maylandsea, the Clive Cox-trained KATEY CONTENT (best price 5/1) showed lots of speed when sixth in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and should be much more comfortable on this course which is more emphasis on speed rather than stamina. 

She won her first two starts very well and doesn’t have as much to find with the favourite as the betting indicates in this race. If Kieran Shoemark can make plenty of use of her one biggest asset, which is her speed, she might be able to reverse the placings from Royal Ascot and land the spoils for a trainer who predominantly does well with sprinters each season.
 

Katey Content - 1pt e/w @ 5/1

17:37 Thirsk

GRIGADALE (best price 7/2) was rewarded the race at Ayr in the stewards room and rightfully so as I’m convinced he would have won that race with a clear passage. Essentially, however, he’s only been raised two-pounds which seems lenient and his two runs for these connections since finishing his spell in Ireland suggests he has lots more to come off this sort of mark. 

He is sure to relish the return to this longer distance given the way he finished his race off last-time-out and this race is a lot easier than last time, as he drops into a class five from a class four event. He is drawn wide, which isn’t ideal, but I have no doubt he’s the best horse in this race and, with Ben Curtis maintaining the ride, who’s having a tremendous year, his mount can return a clear-cut winner here. 
 

Grigadale - 1pt @ 10/3

18:07 Thirsk

MUKER (best price 9/1) has not only got to concede weight to these, but also fitness, given he’s not been seen on a racecourse in well over 350 days. However, he does go well fresh, and won twice and placed at Listed/Group 3 level as a two-year-old, including when third in the Windsor Castle Stakes two years ago at Royal Ascot. I know he hasn’t matched that form since but he takes a significant drop in grade compared to the races he was contesting last year which were class three events and higher. 

Furthermore, he ran very well when sixth of 12 at York when last spotted in a class two event. He makes his stable debut for shrewd trainer Paul Midgley and is essentially reunited with Paul Mulrennan who has guided him to both his career victories too. He is likely to forward here in this small-field scenario, as he possesses so much raw speed, and if connections do have him fit enough after his lengthy absence, he could be too good for these off an attractive mark with conditions absolutely ideal for him. 

Muker - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1

18:48 Newmarket

FIRST DANCE (best price 15/2) is a two-time course-and-distance winner, who ran very well when fourth here two weeks ago, and is now five-pounds lower than when beating the 86-rated Don’t Tell Claire around this time last year at this course. She’s a very good mare on her day, mostly at this course, and connections have booked Hayley Turner today, who is an excellent booking. 

Fulfilled was unlucky last time but his odds seem a little short, and he’s up against a course-specialist who has lots in her favour and a good draw in stall five too. Moreover, she clearly saves her best for this time of year as her form figures in August reads 116212 and, on these terms, she has excellent prospects of running another big race. 

First Dance - 1pt e/w @ 15/2

19:23 Newmarket

DION BAKER (best price 4/1) went close on his penultimate start at Carlisle and did well under the circumstances to finish third at Haydock four weeks ago despite hanging to the right for the best part of the last two furlongs. He has shown more than enough in each start to suggest he has a race in him of this nature and the step up in trip looks a plus given he’s bred to stay the distance. 

He makes his stable debut for Michael Wigham, is drawn well, and connections have booked the in-form Jason Hart to ride. If his quirks have been ironed out, I can easily see this three-year-old making a bold bid to open his account off a lenient mark in this race which is evidently littered with exposed types. 

Dion Baker - 1pt e/w @ 4/1

19:58 Newmarket

ENIGMATIC (best price 10/1) returned to form after two no-shows the previous twice to finish a close-up third at Pontefract last time and a similar showing in this race could see him heavily involved under James Doyle. His win ratio doesn’t exactly set the pulse racing but the eight-year-old went close over course-and-distance back in April, where he was only headed towards the finish in third. 

That was off a four pounds higher mark in an identical grade to this one and he’s effectively three pounds below his last winning mark, while the last time he was partnered by the Doyler, he was a close-up third at Chester off 87. He’ll get a good pace to aim here, is drawn well in stall five and must have sound claims off this mark in the refitted cheek-pieces. He has the ability to win this if he can put it all together.

Enigmatic - 0.5pts e/w @ 11/1