Day 1 of the Newmarket July meeting begins today, with ITV interrupting our view of the cricket by showing the first four races.

Highlight is the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes at 3.35, which sees the return to action of last year’s Derby winner Masar.

Charlie Appleby‘s charge suffered an injury after his Epsom triumph and was not seen again until 19 days ago in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, when he finished 5th, just over 3 lengths behind Mirage Dancer, who re-opposes this afternoon. Not that much went right, however, on that occasion, with the horse taking a false step on leaving the stalls and almost pitching The Doyler butt over mammary in the process. That left Masar in an unfavourable position as the race unfolded and we are likely to see a different performance today.

As an unexposed, unpenalised proven Group 1 winner, Masar probably shouldn’t be backable in this lesser contest, but it is, so we suggest a mighty lash at 11-10.

Proceedings kick off with the Bahrain Trophy Stakes at 1.50, with a field of 9 headed in the market by Eagles By Day from the Michael Bell yard.

This Sea The Stars colt showed massive improvement when finishing third behind Japan in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at the Royal meeting and a reproduction of that effort should see him home here.

Have a win bet at 15-8.

2-y-os take centre stage at 2.05 in the Tattersalls July Stakes at 2.25 and, if the hype is to be believed, Visinari just has to turn up to win it.

Impressive as this Braveheart inmate was in destroying a field of maidens over CD a month ago, a shade of odds-on is too skinny for our liking.

With the statutory non-runner already announced, the field is reduced to seven, but we’ll still take a chance that Platinum Star can still make the frame at 9-1.

Saeed Bin Suroor‘s runner finished second to Pinatubo on debut, won a novice at Leicester and then finished a close second over 5f at Royal Ascot. A return to 6f and dryer ground may see this Lope De Vega colt outrun his odds. Let’s hope so.

Have you ever wondered why sprint handicaps for 3-y-os are invariably sponsored by Bookmakers? The phrase ‘we can’t lose’ springs to mind and today’s version is the bet365 Handicap at 3.00, which has just 20 runners.

Favourite at 6-1 is Richard Hannon‘s Magical Wish and at least this colt deserves to be top of the list. A string of good performances over 6 & 7 furlongs in top class races have been recorded and with SDS doing the shoving, we are happy to recommend a modest e/w punt at the price.

Further down the list, we also think that Kinks may go close and make it a Sunny Afternoon for its Dedicated Followers. (“That’s enough, thank you” Ed.  “Sorry”.)

A small punt at 14-1 is recommended, as is the same on Princess Power at 12-1, who’s form ties in closely with the aforementioned Kinks.

Not on telly, but a must have bet is in the 4.40, when we take Momkin to turnover the somewhat enigmatic Turgenev at 9-4 – a decent whack is in order.

That’s it – Edgbaston beckons.


Masar 3.35 Newmarket 6pts win @ 11-10

Eagles By Day 1.50 Nemarket 2pts win @ 15-8

Platinum Star 2.25 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 9-1 (2 places)

Magical Wish 3.00 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 6-1 (6 places PaddyPower/SkyBet)

Kinks 3.00 Newmarket 0.5 pts e/w @ 14-1 (6 places PaddyPower/SkyBet)

Princess Power 3.00 Newmarket 0.5pts e/w @ 12-1 (6 places PaddyPower/SkyBet)

Momkin 4.40 Newmarket 4pts win @ 9-4

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