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Horse Racing Tips of the Day – Friday August 14

They're racing on the July Course at Newmarket this evening and our resident tipster has identified four horses who could help you turn a profit.

Adam Kirby looks to have double prospects at Newmarket this evening – and both fancies can be backed at good prices.

He teams up with Luca Cumani for the ride on OPTIMA PETAMUS in the mile handicap (due off 7.00pm) and the three-year-old looks nicely treated on a mark of 72. He earned that rating with a couple of ‘quiet’ runs in maidens earlier this year, showing promise on each occasion, and you can ignore his effort at Lingfield last time, when well fancied, as he failed to see out the 1m2f trip and also finished lame.

Given plenty of time to get over that, he could well resume his progress back over a more suitable trip and with his stable ticking over nicely – six winners in the last fortnight and plenty of placed horses. Cumani has been using Kirby much more this season and they’ve combined for a healthy strike rate of 21%, which jumps to 24% (13-55) for three-year-old runners. Despite that, the selection looks to have slipped under the bookies’ radar with 8/1 forecast.

John Ryan’s OCEAN APPLAUSE has more obvious claims in the 1m2f handicap run later on the card (7.35pm), having won over course and distance just seven days ago under Kirby, who gave him a peach of a ride. The five-year-old carries a 6lb penalty for that success but he still looks fairly treated on a mark of 76, having been as high as 86 not so long ago. Given he rattled off a hat-trick in the space of a month last season, there’s every reason to think he can go in again against some largely out of form rivals.

Michael Bell has entered Duck A L’Orange in the 1m maiden (7.00pm), a race won by the trainer’s Derby winner Motivator in 2004, and this son of Duke Of Marmalade (well-named, eh?) and Racing Post Trophy entry should go well on his debut. But whether he can see off the race-fit CULTURATI remains to be seen as Charlie Appleby’s runner showed plenty of promise when a close second here on his debut and he too has some fancy future entries. He can justify his short price tag.

Bell looks to have a better chance in the opening median auction maiden over 7f (5.30pm) with TAUREAN STAR, who is the mount of Jamie Spencer. The son of Elnadim was noted putting in some good late work when fourth on his Doncaster debut, beaten only three lengths behind three horses who had all been placed previously. He’s clearly well regarded at home as he has entries in the Group 2 Royal Lodge and Group 1 Dewhurst and normal improvement on his second start, to be expected from the stable juveniles, will make him hard to beat.


Newmarket 5.30, Taurean Star @ best morning-line odds
Newmarket 6.30, Culturati @ best morning-line odds
Newmarket 7.00, Optima Petamus @ best morning-line odds
Newmarket 7.35, Ocean Applause @ best morning-line odds

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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