Neil Morrice brings us his best bets and tips for Thursday’s racing from Newmarket, Doncaster, Carlisle, Epsom and Newbury.
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Race 2 Bahrain Trophy (Group 3)
No5 STOWELL (Nap)
Trainer: John Gosden – Jockey: Frankie Dettori
STOWELL can prove a star turn on the first day of the July meeting and state his case for the St Leger. The Zoffany colt shaped with infinite promise when third to Kamara in the Queen’s Vase, doing all his best work at the finish. He was still green on what was just a third career start, and can take this in his stride before heading for the Final Classic at Doncaster.
Race 3 Tattersalls July Stakes (Group 2)
Trainer: Kevin Ryan – Jockey: Ryan Moore
Project Dante ran a cracker to finish third in the Norfolk Stakes, but might have to give best to another Yorkshire-trained juvenile in ALEEZDANCER. The selection has shown tremendous power in his finishing kick in minor races at Beverley and Carlisle, and the decision to skip Royal Ascot for this prestigious target can now bear fruit.
Race 6 No4 MAXIMAL
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute – Jockey: Ryan Moore
MAXIMAL ran a corker to place in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes, being one of the last to come off the bridle. The son of Galileo enjoys a class drop into this Listed race remembering Sir Henry Cecil, and can gain a confidence-boosting triumph on the way to better things.
Race 7 No15 DINGLE (Each Way)
Trainer: Richard Hannon – Jockey: Pat Dobbs
DINGLE has dodged a couple of opportunities owing to unsuitable ground, and could be a horse worth waiting for at a big double-figure price. He was placed on seasonal return in a strongly contested race at Newbury, before flopping when favourite for Sandown’s Esher Cup. He needs to be forgiven that reverse, and can start to endorse the promise shown in a select juvenile campaign in 2020.
Race 1 No6 MONSIEUR JUMBO (Nap)
Trainer: Kevin Ryan – Jockey: Jamie Spencer
Ryan’s juveniles are in the ascent and the same can apply to MONSIEUR JUMBO, who although beaten on debut at Ayr made the winner Red Power pull out all the stops. The Caravaggio colt has learned much from that, and can go one better.
Race 4 No2 ADAAY TO REMEMBER
Trainer: Patrick Owens – Jockey: Louis Steward
This novice stakes should be dominated by Asjad and ADAAY TO REMEMBER, with the latter favoured. The filly created a favourable impression when opening her account at Lingfield, and importantly receives a very handy 5lb from her rival.
Race 3 No8 ELLA JO (Each Way)
Trainer: Karl Burke – Jockey: S James
The value on a tricky card could be ELLA JO in this fillies’ handicap. The lightly-raced daughter of Camacho unseated her pilot at Redcar but had earlier shown promise by troubling the judge in consecutive starts at Wolverhampton and Catterick.
Race 1 No4 AMY BEACH (Nap)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: David Probert
The lop-eared AMY BEACH handles cut in the ground and has the balance and brawn to act on this unique undulating track. She’s earned in all but one of her five career starts and remains open to further improvement.
Race 2 No3 SAULIRE STAR (Each Way)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Nicola Currie
SAULIRE STAR was beaten a distance at Yarmouth where her stamina gave out early in the home straight. Her trainer pulls her back a rung on the distance ladder which could bring about the necessary reversal for her to get in the money. She’s definitely a fair bit better than that underwhelming effort suggests, but needs to show it.
Race 2 No9 DEACS DELIGHT (Nap)
Trainer: Paul Cole – Jockey: Cieren Fallon
DEACS DELIGHT appeals as a logical alternative to likely favourite Robjon and can build on an eye taking first effort when runner-up to Meydan Rose at Chepstow.
Race 7 No9 SOVEREIGN SLIPPER (Each Way)
Trainer: Henry Candy – Jockey: Josephine Gordon
Heavy ground scuppered SOVEREIGN SLIPPER’s chances at Lingfield but the Charm Spirit colt may be seen in a different light now switched to handicaps.