Neil Morrice shares his best bets and tips for Friday’s racing coming your way from Newmarket, Haydock Park, Worcester and Newcastle on 23 September 2022.
Race 1 No7 CRYSTAL CAPRICE (Nap)
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute – Jockey: Ryan Moore
Frankel filly CRYSTAL CAPRICE has looked the real deal in assembling a fine hat-trick which culminated in an authoritative delivery at Ascot where there looked to be plenty more under her bonnet. She steps into Listed company with abundant confidence behind her, and can take the spoils on the way to even better things.
Race 2 Princess Royal Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Stakes (Group 3)
No8 VOODOO QUEEN (Each Way)
Trainer: Roger Varian – Jockey: David Egan
From a stable that can do no wrong, VOODOO QUEEN represents good each way value in a race that could be more open than the betting suggests. Sea Silk Road is carded to start short, but the claims of Voodoo Queen make her an attractive alternative at a much bigger price. Having broken her maiden in the spring and then landed a Class3 handicap, she was far from disgraced when finishing five and a half lengths behind Haskoy in a Listed race at York, and the winner went on to finish second in the St Leger. It was only her fifth career start, and she should have more to offer.
Race 3 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Rockfel Stakes (Group 2)
No12 RICH (Each Way)
Trainer: Richard Hannon – Jockey: Pat Dobbs
This trial for next year’s 1,000 Guineas can go to one of the unbeaten fillies, with RICH narrowly preferred to Commissioning. The selection, a daughter of Cracksman, displayed a good attitude when decisively landing the spoils on her Newbury introduction at the end of May. Her subsequent conspicuous absence should not deter a small each way investment on the chestnut, who works like a horse that is capable of making the big step from a maiden to a Group 2.
Race 4 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Joel Stakes ( Group 2)
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute – Jockey: Ryan Moore
Having been in the wilderness when slow starts hampered her performances on the racecourse, POTAPOVA bounced back to power up the final hill and plunder the Group 3 Atalanta Stakes at Sandown. The performance highlighted her smart finishing kick, whilst demonstrating how unfortunate she’d been not to have won on other occasions this year. Taking on males for the first time, she can give multiple scorer and likely favourite Tempus plenty to think about.
Race 3 No8 SPEYCASTER
Trainer: Ralph Beckett – Jockey: Hector Crouch
SPEYCASTER looks like a horse that’s been waiting for easier ground, and comes here after a two and a half month lay off. By Highland Reel out of a mare by Monsun, he’s shown ability in each of just three starts this season, and probably has more to offer.
Race 5 No8 MUTAANY (Nap)
Trainer: Charles Hills – Jockey: Dane O’Neill
Invincible Spirit colt MUTAANY takes an experience edge into this novice after hitting the crossbar for the second time in succession at Wolverhampton. Having shown he can be just as effective on turf his trainer seems to have found a perfect opportunity for him, and he will be hard to beat.
Race 6 No9 PENTLAND HILLS
Trainer: Nicky Henderson – Jockey: Sean Levey
Henderson has a cracking record with his hurdlers that are campaigned in long distance handicaps on the Flat. PENTLAND HILLS could be a case in point, even though he hasn’t been seen in racecourse action for two and a half years. That was when he put in a mid division finish behind stablemate Epatante in the Champion Hurdle, while the previous season he had taken out the Triumph Hurdle at the same meeting. With some training issues behind him, he’s competing off what could be a favourable mark.
Race 7 No3 CUMULONIMBUS
Trainer: Charlie Fellowes – Jockey: Mark Winn
CUMULONIMBUS did us a good turn when landing a gamble at Yarmouth after which the gelding has his tail up. Under a 6lb penalty and with a top apprentice in the saddle, he can produce another dominating display, and follow-up.
Race 2 No5 PRINCESS MIDNIGHT
Trainer: Joe Tizzard – Jockey: Brendan Powell
Getting weight from her foes in this mares’ handicap chase, PRINCESS MIDNIGHT can add to her excellent record at this track where in three outings this summer she’s twice prevailed and finished third on the other occasion. Her track craft can give the edge over top weight Anightinlambourn.
Race 4 No10 SPANISH PRESENT (Nap)
Trainer: Martin Keighley – Jockey: Sean Bowen
SPANISH PRESENT is on a retrieval mission coming back from a more than four months break since he was turned over as a 4-6 shot at Kelso. He can be forgiven that lapse on a first run over hurdles, and on the strength of his bumper form can prove too strong for Everyonesgame.
Race 4 No4 MAASAI MARA
Trainer: John Gosden – Jockey: Cieren Fallon
MAASAI MARA ran into the smart Glenfannan at Yarmouth when he was the only one that tested the winner. The son of rookie sire Roaring Lion finds himself in an equally competitive affair, but if showing further progression should open his account.
Race 8 No5 BOND POWER
Trainer: Bryan Smart – Jockey: Paul Mulrennan
BOND POWER opened his account around this time last year, and run creditably without adding to his laurels in seven subsequent outings. He ran well to a point on his only run on the all-weather which was at this course last month, and might have learned enough from that to earn now dropped two rungs down the ladder into a Class5.
Place Accumulator Perm (Races 2-8)
6, 3 x 6, 1, 2 x 4 x 4, 6 x 1, 2 x 4, 2 x 5, 9, 6, 11
Jackpot Perm (Races 5-8)
4, 6, 2 x 1, 2, 4, 5 x 4, 2, 3 x 5, 9, 6, 11, 8