Hat-trick seeker Majeed the value bet at Newmarket

Penhill makes a winning return at Ascot

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Betting Tip: Majeed @ 8/1 with betvictor

Fast ground is almost certainly going to prevail at Newmarket – it usually does on the Rowley Mile and leads me to take on Penhill, who is short as 2/1 favourite for the 1m4f handicap on the card (3.20pm). A three-time winner last season, he always looked the type to do better as a four-year-old and so it proved at Ascot on his reappearance, where he just held by a short head from New Year’s Eve. He may have been idling in front but a 7lb rise still looks harsh and he’s never won on anything faster than good.

At four times his price, I’d rather another son of Mount Nelson in MAJEED, who hails from the in-form stable of David Simcock. He’s a year older at five but looks to be at the peak of his powers, and arrives here chasing a hat-trick following wins on the all-weather at Chelmsford and Kempton. He showed he was just as effective on turf when finishing third at Goodwood last summer – he was unsuited by the slow gallop that day – and he stay

Betting Tip: Majeed @ 8/1 with betvictor

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