The Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in the centrepiece on a busy Saturday afternoon of racing and the progressive miler Addeybb is fancied to land the spoils and kickstart our weekend punting with a profit.
Newbury 3.40 – Addeybb – 6/1 to win
This looks to be a slightly substandard renewal of this Group 1 mile and there certainly isn’t anything of the star qualify of last year’s winner Ribchester in the field. Of course, Limato is a star in his own right but as a sprinter and he’s failed to get the mile trip in two previous attempts – including in this race.
The filly Rhododendron is high class for Aidan O’Brien but may prove vulnerable in against the boys here. On that basis this season’s most impressive miler Addeybb gets the nod to win the race and confirm his upwardly-mobile status for trainer William Haggas.
The Pivotal gelding was well backed to win his reappearance in the Lincoln at Doncaster, an unusually strong move in what is routinely a volatile handicap. His supporters never had a moment’s worry as he cruised home.
Addeybb then went and won the Group 2 bet365 Mile at Sandown with similar authority. He fully merits this crack at top-level success and could prove very hard to contain, assuming this slightly faster surface is to his liking.
Newbury 4:50 – Crystal Hope – 7/4 to win
Later on the card at Newbury it should be worth getting stuck into Sir Michael Stoute’s filly Crystal Hope at what looks a generous price.
The daughter of Nathaniel raced just once as a juvenile and didn’t look anything special when well beaten over an extended mile at Nottingham. Last month’s reappearance at Sandown certainly showed that she had wintered well.
Stepped up to this 1m2f trip, Crystal Hope was able to come and challenge with a minimum of fuss for William Buick, sealing a stylish three-length success.
That form now looks very strong as runner-up Give And Take came out and won the Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday, while the fourth also ran well in the Fillies’ Group 3. As such, Crystal Hope should have big claims, with Andrea Atzeni taking over in the plate at Newbury.
Newmarket 3:15 – Showmethedough – 7/1 to win
Anyone that got involved in the gamble on Showmethedough at Chester last week will do well to come back for a second bite now.
Richard Fahey’s charge was heavily supported on the Roodee and went off the 3/1 favourite in a race won by Spoof. Showmethedough never looked comfortable on the unique Chester terrain and ought to prefer Newmarket.
The gelding has looked decent in both runs over 5f this season and should now benefit returned to this 6f trip at which he won as a two-year-old. Available at twice the price he was last time, on a track and over a trip that look much more likely to suit, Showmethedough can redeem himself at Newmarket.
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