Top class Flat action from Newbury and Musselburgh on the box this afternoon, with the centrepiece at the Berkshire track the Group 3 Greenham Stakes at 3.00.
Worthy favourite for this is the Richard Fahey trained Perfect Power, which finished off last season pouching two Group 1 events for which he is unpenalised. Ridden in both those races by Monsieur Soumillon, eet is significant zat ze Frenchman is ‘ere for ze ride this apres midi.
Reported to be in fine fettle for this re-appearance, we should look no further and have a win bet at 13-8.
Action commences with the John Porter Stakes at 1.50, which has a field of seven, all of which seem to have a question mark against them for one reason or another. We swiftly apply the Spanish Archer to this race and move on to the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at 2.25.
The market is headed by Wild Beauty from the seemingly all-conquering yard of Charlie Appleby and this young lady improved leaps and bounds in her first season, winning a Grade 1 race in Canada before a close fifth in the Group 1 Fillies Mile at Newmarket. Reported to have ‘blossomed’ over the winter, we suggest a win bet at a more than acceptable 11-4.
The Spring Cup Handicap at 3.35 completes the Newbury coverage and in this we must give another chance to our Lincoln selection Rogue Bear.
The only high numbered runner to make the frame at Doncaster, Tom Clover‘s 4-y-o was slowly away and hampered at the start, before flying past almost the whole field and, off an unchanged mark, has a chance to set the record straight. No fancy price today, unfortunately, but the 7-2 offered should be accepted.
The front running Isla Kai would have a great chance of getting them at it if fully tuned up and we suggest a modest each way at 14-1.
The four races at Musselburgh are all handicaps, with the first up at 1.32, the Betway Royal Mile Handicap.
Our pick for this is Desert Angel, trained a long way away by Richard Hannon and in receipt of the benefit of a promising warm-up at Wolverhampton 18 days ago. A dual winner at two, Paul Mulrennan can bring him home at an attractive 8-1.
The Betway Musselburgh Silver Arrow Handicap over 7f at 2.04 can be covered with a win bet on Another Batt at 7-2 and an each way bet on old friend Zip at 7-1.
5f is the distance of the Betway Holyrood Handicap at 2.39 and Mr Mulrennan can do us another favour by steering Makanah home from Trap 6.
Julie Camacho‘s 7-y-o goes well fresh and is well handicapped on the best of last season’s form – take the 4-1.
Finally we get the valuable Betway Queen’s Cup Handicap at 3.14, over 14 furlongs which has the Irish raider Zero Ten leading the market at 3-1.
This lightly raced 9-y-o looks to have every chance, especially with the reformed Benoit De La Sayette taking off 7lbs and we recommend a win bet at the price.
We also give a squeak to the re-invented stayer Enemy and suggest an each way on this one at 10-1.
That’s it – now for the snooker.
Perfect Power 3.00 Newbury 4pts win @ 13-8
Wild Beauty 2.25 Newbury 2pts win @ 11-4
Rogue Bear 3.35 Newbury 2pt win @ 7-2
Isla Kai 3.35 Newbury 1pt e/w 14-1 (5 places Hills/Skybet)
Desert Angel 1.32 Musselburgh 1pt e/w @ 8-1
Another Batt 2.04 Musselburgh 2pts win @ 7-2
Zip 2.04 Musselburgh 1pt e/w @ 7-1 (4 places Hills/Skybet)
Makanah 2.39 Musselburgh 2pts win @ 4-1
Zero Ten 3.14 Mussleburgh 2pts win @ 3-1
Enemy 3.14 Musselburgh 1pt e/w @ 10-1 (5 places Skybet/Betfred)