Newbury 2.50 (Dubai Duty Free Handicap) tips – Laurence can enhance excellent stable record further

Newbury 2.50 (Dubai Duty Free Handicap) tips - Laurence can enhance excellent stable record further

Luca Cumani


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Betting Tip: Laurence @ 7/1 with williamhill

It’s not just about the Ayr Gold Cup this afternoon – you can read my thoughts on that big sprint here – with Newbury and Newmarket staging competitive cards.

The Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes is the feature at the former track, but I’m more interested in the big 1m2f handicap also run under the Dubai Duty Free banner. I’m hopeful of snapping up a bargain too with the Luca Cumani trained LAURENCE temptingly priced at 15/2 with Betfair. The three-year-old has been running well all season but he might only now be peaking judging by his latest success in a valuable handicap at Beverley, where he showed a pleasing turn of foot to put the race to bed in a few strides.

He’s been raised 5lb for that effort and he is 10lb higher than when winning at Newmarket back in May, but his shrewd trainer may well have left something to work on with his big autumnal target being the Cambridgeshire back at HQ. That’s a race Cumani has won twice before and he nearly always has a fancied runner. In Laurence, he possesses a likely type and he has used this race as a stepping stone in more recent times, winning it three times and sending out two other placed horses from just nine runners.

He’s not the only trainer trying to win it of course and Sir Michael Stoute’s Top Tug, who is disputing favouritism, has to be respected, though he’s been raised a harsh 4lb for finishing third at York last time and he does appear to lack a turn of foot. A bigger danger then may be fellow three-year-old Pacify, who finished fourth on a similar race at the Ebor meeting, having scored at Newmarket previously off 5lb lower.

I’m not sure who my Cambridgeshire horse is at this stage, but with a big run expected from Laurence this afternoon he has to be worth a small each-way nibble at the 40/1 on offer with race sponsor Betfred.

Betting Tip: Laurence @ 7/1 with williamhill

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