Our racing expert is eyeing up a double at Newmarket this afternoon.
Ryan Moore can ride a short-priced double at HQ initiated by CHOCO BOX in the 7f maiden. Ed Vaughan’s filly was easy to back when making her racecourse debut in a novice run here 19 days ago, going off at 25/1, but she belied that price tag by flashing home on the far side to grab second. At the line she was just a length behind the winner Aim Of Artemis, who cost 1,000,000gns and has an entry in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes, with a bigger gap back to third. Clearly talented, it’ll be disappointing if she can’t put that experience to good use and get off the mark here.
Ian Williams was quick to snap up the services of Moore (who was jocked up at five-day stage) for his impressive Epsom scorer ACES and the hint should be taken. The ex-French-trained gelding was the subject of a gamble on Derby day, having run respectably in a hot handicap won by Dreamfield on his previous start, and he justified that support to win by an ever increasing margin. A subsequent 8lb rise might not be enough to stop him then and it’s worth noting he was considered good enough to run in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot when with Charlie Hills earlier in his career. Today’s extra furlong shouldn’t be a problem either given one of his two victories in France came over 7f.
A £10 double on Choco Box and Aces at current bet365 odds (5/6 & 5/2) pays £64.17, so nearly 11/2.
Henry Candy’s JUPITER looks nicely treated on a mark of 77 and the lack of a run this term might not stop him taking advantage in the 6f handicap on the card. Whilst a maiden after five starts, he ran several eye-catching races in defeat last season, including a close up third behind prolific winner and Jersey Stakes runner-up Society Power at Lingfield in September. The runner-up Manthoor is now rated 84 having come out and won earlier this month and Jupiter, who is a half-brother to three winners and has had a wind operation since last seen out, can surely do better still this term. His in-form stable had a handicap winner (9/2) here on Saturday.
All odds were correct at time of posting.