Newbury Racing Preview: Super Sprint Stakes Meeting
Frankie wasn’t the only one to leave Killarney without a winner on Wednesday. At War ran a massive race for us, just run out of a place in 4th. He looked the winner 2f out but he pulled too hard early and didn’t get home. Mujid ran a stinker but don’t be surprised to see him perform better at Galway. Hereia didn’t fare much better, while our other two tips were non runners. Dave Stevos is hoping to get a winner on the board this weekend, check out his Saturday racing tips Newbury below…
Saturday Racing Tips Newbury: 1.50 Steventon Stakes (Listed)
The opening race on Super Sprint day at Newbury is the Listed Steventon Stakes. This 10f contests is for horses of either sex that haven’t won a Group 1 or 2 after 2018. Only six horses will go to post and Fox Chairman is the jolly at around even money. Andrew Balding’s son of Kingman will be happy to see the rain falling as his best form has come with cut in the ground.
The form of his run in the Dee Stakes at Chester looks pretty strong now. He was denied a clear run that day when 3L behind Circus Maximus and 2L behind Mohawk. The former has since won a Group 1, while the latter won a Group 3 last time out. On the forecast ground, Dolphin Vista could be the one to give the favourite most to think about. However, with only 6 going to post this is a race I won’t be having a bet in. This is one to watch and enjoy with a view to future races.
SATURDAY RACING TIPS NEWBURY: NO BET
Saturday Tips Newbury: 2.25 – Marsh Cup Handicap (Class 2)
Now that the rain has arrived, stamina will be at a premium for the 16f Marsh Cup. This £100k handicap has attracted a field of 16 and some will be better suited by conditions than others. One horse that has proven stamina and who won’t mind some cut in the ground is Al Kout. This hardy son of Oasis Dream hails from the small but very shrewd Heather Main yard. Luke Morris takes the ride and he has 8 wins and 20 top 4 finishes from 56 rides for Main.
Al Kout ran a lovely race to be 2nd at Kempton on the all weather last time over 16f. He has solid form over the distance, with form figures of 20232 at 16f-16.5f. One of those 2nds came on heavy, the 3rd came on soft and he has placed form over shorter on easy ground too. He shaped as though he was coming to hand last time and he is in off the same rating here. At odds of 25/1 he is the each way pick.
SATURDAY RACING TIPS NEWBURY: AL KOUT E/W @ 25/1 5 PLACES NB
Saturday Tips Newbury: 3.00 – Hackwood Stakes (Group 3)
Ten will line up at the start for this 6f Group 3 and The Tin Man is a warm order at around 2/1. Oisin Murphy rides for James Fanshawe and on the figures, he wins this doing handstands. He is the top rated by 5lb, he will handle the ground and he wasn’t beaten far in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee last time. However, at the prices, Donjuan Triumphant appeals more as a betting proposition.
Andrew Balding’s star relishes soft ground and he should be approaching peak fitness after two runs this season. He shaped really nicely behind Brando last time at Hamilton (6f soft) and he only has 2L to find with the Tin Man on their Sprint Cup meeting last year (6f hvy). This stiff 6f should suit and if he gets a strong pace to aim at he could go close at 7/1.
SATURDAY RACING TIPS NEWBURY: DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT E/W @ 7/1 NAP
Newbury Tips: 3.40 – Super Sprint Stakes (Class 2)
Although it isn’t a pattern race, this Juvenile 5f contest is the most valuable heat on the card. The total purse is £250k and the winner takes home just under £123k. Unsurprisingly, a maximum field of 25 will take their chances and Norfolk Stakes runner up Ventura Rebel is the clear favourite for Fahey and Hanagan. At 11/10 in a 25 runner race, it would take a brave person to lump on. However, he looks very well treated by the conditions of the race and if the ratings are correct, he should win easily. Things don’t always work out like that in racing though, and I am going to chance one at a bigger price.
The one that interests me at tasty odds each way is Brocklesby winner Show Me Show Me. Owned by the Ontoawinner syndicate, this son of Showcasing is also trained by Richard Fahey. His dam is a half-sister to Toocoolforschool, also by Showcasing and owned by the same connections. He had his finest hour when winning a Group 2 over 6f at this track on soft ground. Show Me Show Me has run respectably in small fields on his last two starts, but the return to a bigger field could really suit.
Richard Fahey won this in 2017 with Bengali Boys (12/1) and in 2015 with Lathom (28/1) and neither were first string on jockey bookings. Paddy Mathers gets the leg up on Show Me Show Me here and he has ridden plenty of big winners for Fahey in the past. Mighty Spirit (9/1) and Ventura Rebel (11/10) look ahead of him in the Fahey pecking order. That doesn’t worry me though, and at 28/1 with 5 places available, an each way interest is advised.