Day 2 of the Newmarket July Festival meeting sees the return to action of the mightily impressive Royal Ascot winner Alpha Centauri, who contests the Group 1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at 3.35.
Unfortunately, after the demolition job last time out (our selection), the mean bookmakers are taking no chances with a best price of 2-5, so this is a case of watch and enjoy.
The consolation race (1.50) for tomorrow’s Bunbury Cup, cleverly called the Silver Bunbury Cup, has attracted a disappointing numerical turn out of just seven, including the 2016 winner Swift Approval which has been installed as 7-2 favourite. Now 1lb lower than when victorious, this 6-y-o could only finish 4th last year and we prefer the chances of Saluti at 9-2.
Winner of 2 quick ground 7f handicaps already this year, this Amanda Perrett trained 4-y-o was just touched off over CD last time out and can compete off the same mark today. Whether the newly applied cheek-pieces will help or hinder we know not, but this is the value bet.
The other Group race on the card is at 2.25 when the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes is staged and this is almost a re-run of the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, with the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 7th in that race all re-opposing.
Favourite at 11-4 is the Albany winner Main Edition, but we think an each way bet on the horse in 4th, Angel’s Hideaway, at 13-2, is the way to go.
Just like yesterday’s successful pick Advertise, John Gosden‘s filly was drawn on the ‘wrong’ side at Ascot and, with a more level playing field today, can do the biz.
The bet365 Handicap at 3.00 is highly competitive, for all there are only 9 runners, but the return to 10 furlongs will greatly enhance Desert Wind‘s chances after his staying on fourth in the Britannia and we make this the value each way bet at 10-1.
Two more handicaps complete the card at 4.45 and 5.20 and in the former, the Gordon’s Handicap we don’t hesitate to put up Elgin as a win bet at 9-4. Making a handicap debut off a mark of 96 may seem harsh, but this 158 rated hurdler won a maiden last time out ‘hard on the snaff’ and the horse to which it gave 7lbs and a beating has since gone on to achieve a rating of 90.
The day’s business ends with the Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap and we go for another handicap debutant in Court Of Justice at 11-4. Just three runs for this David Simcock trained 3-y-o, with the horse just nailing him on debut now rated 107. Since then, a spin on the AW has been followed by a wide margin maiden win and, off 86, it’s ‘fill yer boots’ time.
Saluti 1.50 Newmarket win @ 9-2 BetVictor
Angel’s Hideaway 2.25 Newmarket e/w @ 13-2 Betbright
Desert Wind 3.00 Newmarket e/w @ 10-1 Ladbrokes
Elgin 4.45 Newmarket win @ 9-4 Coral
Court Of Justice 5.20 Newmarket win @ 11-4 PaddyPower