On Friday and Saturday, I was at Newbury for what is always a really informative meeting where the form usually works out really well and I am sure this year will not be any exception. On Saturday I think I identified a horse which I think is going to go right to the top which may not be obvious to anyone but we will come to that a little bit later.
The big news on Friday was after all that good weather we had last week Newbury was still good to soft soft in places and that is what the ground remained for the two days. The opening race of the meeting on the Friday was the
1.50 Dreweatts Newcomers’ EBF Maiden Stakes (Class 4) (2YO only)
This is always an interesting one, it is for the 2 year olds and there was a red hot favourite in the shape of WELL DONE FOX for the Hannon yard an ACCLAMATION Colt who was put in by the Bookmakers at an incredibly short 5/4. I have to say when I saw them in the preliminaries I had to be against this one as it looked like a 2 year old and it looked up against it as there were horses in here that had the scope to go onto much better things. The race was won by DAVE DEXTER with GLORY FIGHTER in second. GLORY FIGHTER was the one who knocked my out in the paddock for Charles Hills and Gerard Mosse and the winner DAVE DEXTER was quite green in the paddock and I am sure will come on for the run. In time I believe GLORY FIGHTER will be the best of the two so he is the one to take from the race and I would want to see him stepped up to 6 furlongs. He had a lot left when he hit the line and I am sure the front two will go on to a lot better things.
The next race on Friday was the
2.25 Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Handicap (Class 2) (3YO only)
I think you can mark this down as serious handicap form for a Class 2 and the favourite was QAYSAR for Richard Hannon and Frankie Dettori and this horse had the benefit of a run having won a 3 year old race at Kempton and he stepped forward again for me here. I really like the way this horse won here and he travelled well through the race and on my private handicap I have him performing to way above his official mark of 90. It was even more impressive as I felt there was some depth to this race and I would suggest to anyone to follow this form because there will be winners galore coming out of this. My paddock pick in this race was OLIVER REED another runner for Richard Hannon and he looked really well in the paddock and I am sure he will be winning soon as he knocked my eye out in the paddock. He finished third in the end beaten 5 lengths and is the one I really want to take out of the race so look out for OLIVER REED. To repeat I believe the form of this race will be mega strong.
3.pm BJP Celebrating 20 Years Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10) (Class 4) (3YO only)
This usually turns out to be a good race and John Gosden always sends a good filly to line up in this one and he certainly did here with LAH TI DAR the 7/2 joint favourite. In the paddock before she looked athletic and really did seem the business and she proved it on the track winning by 6 lengths. What made it more impressive is that beforehand this lot looked a high quality load of fillies to my eye. This form should work out terrifically well and this was over 1 mile 2 on good to soft and LAH TI DAR relished every yard. It is owned by the Lloyd Webber lot and they were all there to see her and they must be very excited about her future and they should be.
3.35 Dubai Duty Free Handicap (Class 2) (4YO plus)
A Class 2 5 Furlong sprint was next up and there is one in here that particularly interests me going forward and that is A MOMENTOFMADNESS. Many people will have read my blog form Kempton a couple of weeks ago where I saw this one win but mentioned that the horse did not look fit. Well he still did not look fit but I have come to the conclusion he is such a big horse that he must always look like he is not quite there. This good to soft ground did for him I am afraid as he does not seem able to pick up or perform on anything slower than good. I am going to forgive him this and give him another go so look out for him when he gets his conditions. I am sure he is the ability to develop into a top class sprinter so do look out for him.
Friday really did turn out to be a highly informative card and I have given you some horses to look out for which I am sure will prove profitable if you do. If I had to pick one that I feel you must follow next time it has to be GLORY FIGHTER but the star of the day has to be LAH TI DAR. She is a really exciting filly and though she will not be much of a price next time she really is one to look out for.
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