Our racing expert marks your card for Friday's racing, with a 12/1 shot amongst the quarter of fancied runners.
A couple of last-time-out winners who are clearly thriving make up half of today’s bets.
First up is the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained FRANK BRIDGE, who is turned out again quickly in the extended 6f handicap at Brighton (4.40pm) after demolishing his rivals at Epsom eight days ago. That was his third win from his last four starts and he clearly enjoys tricky downhill tracks as the other two successes came here, including once over this trip, with his defeat coming at the more orthodox Yarmouth. Judging by his latest romp he’s still got plenty in hand over the handicapper and a 6lb penalty is unlikely to stop him going in again. UPDATE – the selection is now odds-on, hope you got on at the bigger price?!
John Gosden is going down the handicap route with his Newmarket maiden winner DAZZLING ROSE, who is back at HQ for this evening’s 1m fillies’ handicap (7.45pm) rather than take up a Listed engagement on Saturday. He clearly thinks the daughter of Raven’s Pass can exploit an opening mark of 88 and why not as she absolutely bolted up over track and trip last time, when finishing ten lengths clear of the next horse that raced on her side. The runner-up Labrynth has won her maiden since to give the form an even stronger look and Frankie Dettori renews the partnership, so there’s plenty to like. UPDATE – the selection has been declared a non-runner. Add her to your tracker, though, as she’s one to stay on the right side of.
Gosden and Dettori team up in the opening maiden fillies’ stakes (5.35pm) with Elas Ruby, another daughter of Raven’s Pass who finished third on her debut at Kempton in June. However, she’s dropping back a furlong here and with plenty of stamina in her pedigree, she is passed over in favour of David Simcock’s ISLAND IN THE SKY. She too showed plenty of promise on her debut, finishing fourth in a decent maiden over course and distance in July, and the form looks strong as the second and fifth have won three races between them since. With that run under her belt and with the stable juveniles going well (5-19 in 2016), she must take all the beating.
The final selection is running in the 7f selling stakes at HQ (6.05pm), with the Jamie Osborne-trained SWALLOW STREET dropping into this class for the first time after showing some promise in a couple of maidens and a claimer. While beaten a fair way on his turf debut over 51/2f at Bath last time, he moved nicely into the contest to track the leaders until 2f out, only to prove one paced when the gallop quickened. This longer trip should therefore prove far more suitable and, given he’s now qualified for handicaps, it’s perhaps significant that Osborne has decided to run him in a seller, with the stable record in such races an eye-catching 18-62 (29%) for a £1 level-stakes profit of £23.99. It’ll be very interesting to see if he attracts support at the available 12/1. UPDATE – the selection has been well backed this morning into around the 5/1 mark and is clearly fancied to go well.
Brighton 4.40, Frank Bridge @ 7/4 Betfair Sportsbook
Newmarket 5.35, Island In The Sky @ 5/2 Betfair Sportsbook
Newmarket 6.05, Swallow Street @ 12/1 Betfair Sportsbook
Newmarket 7.45, Dazzling Rose @ 2/1 Hills – NON-RUNNER