Hills’ sprinter can earn another magic Memory

Hills' sprinter can earn another magic Memory

Magical Memory

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Betting Tip: @ 13/2 with coral

Having put up MAGICAL MEMORY at 14/1 at the start of the week, I’m not going to desert him now and, if you followed my advice, you’ve got a price as Charlie Hills’ runner is now bigger than 13/2 (Paddy Power). He might seem an unoriginal selection given the competitive nature of this race and luck in running always plays a huge part. However, he could not have been more impressive when winning a red-hot handicap on the July Course at Newmarket last time and, as this is an early closing race, he runs under a 6lb penalty, meaning he is officially 3lb well-in. Highly progressive, three-year-old runners like him tend to struggle to get a run in these big handicaps, but when they do they are always worth close attention as they are taking on older, more exposed sorts. That helps explain why no three-year-old has won this race since Danetime in 1997. Interestingly, that horse won the same Newmarket race Magical Memory won before his victory under 8st 12lb, which is what the selection will carry.

There are dangers wherever you look and they are perhaps headed by Roger Charlton’s Huntsmans Close, who won the Ayr Silver Cup last season and was fancied for the Wokingham at Royal Ascot, only to get loose before the start and be withdrawn. He’s clearly a highly strung sort, but undoubtedly fast all the same and quite possibly still improving. He’s drawn in stall 14 and that may prove ideal if past results are to go by (see entry for 2.00 race). However, I’m not going to get too hung up on what’s drawn where and I certainly won’t let stall one (right against the far rail) put me off the selection.

Betting Tip: @ 13/2 with coral

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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