You can always tell if the powers that be decide to hold a lengthy cricket tournament in the UK – over come the rain clouds and it tips it down for the whole five weeks.
Racing today has been badly affected by the very unseasonal weather, which is well on the way to ruining what should have been a cracking meeting at Haydock and may yet adversely affect events at Beverley, which hosts three more televised races.
With the point of our Preview musings supposed to be making the day’s racing profitable, we are gonna stick to the races that may remain competitive and not decimated by withdrawals, so that means concentrating on the first two on the Newmarket card, which complete the ITV coverage.
The Bentley Cambridge Handicap at 2.10 has a field of 12, headed by the William Haggas trained Awe (without the ‘shock and’). This Bated Breath colt made a highly promising re-appearance in running second at Ascot before being totally stuffed at the start of the valuable Amix Silver Bowl, eventually finishing 8th. No chance to show what he can do there, but he can put that right this afternoon and we recommend a win bet at 7-2.
Also in this race we suggest an each way punt on handicap debutante Sunsprite, which is available at an artisan 22-1.
Confined to 6f events as a 2-y-o (won 3 from 5), Richard Hughes‘s son of Kodiac was taken off his hooves in a Listed race at Newbury 3 weeks ago, again over 6f, but was noted running on strongly at the finish, suggesting today’s extra furlong will suit.
The Bernard Sunley Memorial Handicap at 2.45 is a fiercely competitive race over 14 furlongs, with 16 standing their ground as we write.
We recommend each way bets on two in this.
Fire Jet was third in this race last season, is lower in the weights today and has clearly been aimed at it again, with two ‘prep’ runs under its belt so should be backed at 18-1.
The versatile Theglasgowwarrior is our other pick – all distances seem to come alike to this 5-y-o, which has put in improved performances this season and has the services of the ‘next big thing’ Sean Davis taking off 5lbs.
11-1 are the odds of reward for this one.
Despite the vagaries of the climate, we can’t finish without recommending a bet in the 3.15 at Beverley, which has the distinction of the race title being longer than the actual race. 5 go to post for the (deep breath) Truckingby Brian Yeardley Two Year Old Trophy Conditions Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Colts & Geldings) (Class 2) over the minimum trip and we want you to lay into Summer Sands at 5-2.
Third on debut at York behind a Royal Ascot bound winner and with a ‘half the track’ next time out winner in second, Richard Fahey‘s colt could be something special and, as a bonus, gets weight from all the others. Get in.
Short, but hopefully sweet today – now off to see whether England can beat the mighty Bangladesh.
Awe 2.10 Newmarket 3pts win @ 7-2
Sunsprite 2.10 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 22-1 (4 places)
Fire Jet 2.45 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 18-1 (5 places)
Theglasgowwarrior 2.45 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 11-1 (5 places)
Summer Sands 3.15 Beverley 6pts win @ 5-2