Architect Tips continues his daily Tote Placepot tips column with selections for the first six races at Newbury.
Leg 1 Selections: Love Affairs, Novus
LOVE AFFAIRS ran an ok race on debut that has worked out well and showed major improvement with that run under her belt to finish runner-up at Newmarket seven weeks ago. Hollie Doyle has been booked to ride and whilst she’s vulnerable to some interesting newcomers, she should make the frame. NOVUS was strong at the finish when fourth behind Mrs U S A on debut and is feared most tackling this longer trip which should suit.
Leg 2 Selections: Leadman
There is a lot to like about LEADMAN for this race, who produced a highly-promising debut when second in a red-hot maiden at Newmarket last month and that race has already produced subsequent winners. This son of Kingman, trained by Andrew Balding, is sure to progress and can confidently go one better here in leg two with better days ahead of him in due course. He is probably going to start a short-priced favourite.
Leg 3 Selections: Zulu Tracker, Hodler
Ed Walker’s ZULU TRACKER has won back-to-back events in good style and a three-pounds rise for his most recent success, which came over course-and-distance, shouldn’t prevent him from going close to landing the hat-trick. I do fear HODLER though, who showed a good tune of foot to seal things at Sandown last time and should cope with a four-pounds rise. I like these two participants for leg three.
Leg 4 Selections: Katey Content
The feature race is a quality-sprint contest and while she has a little to find with Maylandsea, the Clive Cox-trained KATEY CONTENT showed lots of speed when sixth in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and should be much more comfortable on this course. She won her first two starts nicely and doesn’t have as much to find with the favourite as the betting indicates. If Kieran Shoemark can make plenty of use of her one biggest asset, her speed, from the outset, she might be able to reverse the placings from Royal Ascot and land the spoils for a trainer who predominantly does well with sprinters.
Leg 5 Selections: Absolutelyflawless
ABSOLUTELYFLAWLESS won her first couple of starts, including the Lily Agnes at Chester, and was no means disgraced at Beverley next time when fourth, likewise at Newmarket last-time-out in a Listed event. She takes a huge drop in grade for this race and has the assistance of the in-form Rossa Ryan in the saddle. Given this race lacks strength in depth and she’s proven herself at a higher level, she can resume winning ways.
Leg 6 Selections: Two Tempting, Ascending
ASCENDING looks the best bet on the card. He takes on his elders for the first time but I would be shocked if he doesn’t at least develop into a 90-plus rated horse. His performance at Goodwood last time was impressive on the back of a promising sixth at the course on his seasonal debut and is fancied to follow-up here. I do fear TWO TEMPTING and Persian Royal, who fought out the finish last month when the latter narrowly got the verdict but with Rob Hornby taking over in the saddle this time round, I fancy the former to gain revenge but he shouldn’t be good enough to beat the former.