Friday ITV Racing Preview

Friday ITV Racing Preview

Friday brings the second day of ITV’s broadcast of racing at Newmarket’s July Festival. There will also be racing shown from York with there first day of two consecutive meetings.

White, gold braid, green sleeves, green cap with gold tassel (Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah)

Newmarket 1:50 – Hajjam E/W

The first race on ITV’s second day of racing is the bet365 Handicap (Silver Bunbury Cup) over 7 furlongs. This Class 2 will feature a big field of runners with normally very tight finishes when getting to the line.

This David O’Meara trained four year old has been very consistent this year over 7 furlongs having had five starts this year winning two and placing in another two.

Using this form this horse can be right in the frame on Saturday with good to firm conditions suiting him perfectly and he doesn’t mind a big field of runners.

Yellow, black sash, black sleeves, yellow armlets, yellow cap, black star (Mr Saif Ali)

Newmarket 2:25 – Main Edition 3/1 Win

The first Group race on the Friday is the second race of the day with the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes over 6 furlongs for Fillies’ only. This race is for young sprinters who will in the future become Group 1 sprinters.

The Mark Johnston trained youngster Main Edition has been very exciting to watch so far this season, winning all three of her starts. Her last outing was the most impressive of the three with her performance at Royal Ascot.

She Blitzed a field of 17 in the Albany Stakes and will be going against alot of the field she beat that day. Although stepping up to Group 2 level she is good enough to compete and will be looking to keep her unbeaten record.

White, large black spots, black cap (Elite Racing Club)

York 2:40 – Elgin 8/1 E/W

The first big race of the two day meetings is the Green Hammerton Handicap over 1 mile 4 furlongs. This race is a stamina test and is usually ran by horses who are bred to go longer trips.

This is the case for the Alan King trained Elgin. This horse has this year turned t0 the flats after a period of being a good National Hunt horse going to Cheltenham numerous times and running against some top class hurdle horses.

Since his move to flat racing he has took it really well winning his last two races between 12 and 14 furlongs. From his jumps days he has got the stamina to run in these races and has proved that by winning his last two, one on all weather and the other on turf.

If replicating his early flats form that Alan king has got him performing to, he will be in the frame on Friday.

Roly Poly ridden by Ryan Moore wins The Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes during Gentleman’s Day of The Moet and Chandon July Festival at Newmarket Racecourse.

Yellow, black cross of lorraine, yellow sleeves, black stars, black cap (L Field, B Cognet, N Farrell, J Spack)

Newmarket 3:00 – Beringer 10/1 E/W

For the second day there is a bet365 Handicap but this time over 1 mile 2 furlongs. This Class 2 will host a sharp field of runners with many of them having there last run at Royal Ascot in the King George V Handicap where they were either disappointing or ran well.

The horse that takes the eye is the Alan King trained Beringer. A brilliant dual purpose trainer who has a horse that loves to compete in races with form figures of 2112 in his last four runs that have been competitive.

Last time out at York he came a strong second to Wissahickon who is the favourite in this race but he can reverse this form and go close again in this Handicap.

Yellow, dark blue seams, yellow cap (Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum)

York 3:15  – Pretty Baby 5/2 Win

The other big race on Friday and the only Group race at York on that day is the Group 3 Summer Stakes for Fillies’ and Mares over 6 furlongs. This race for 3 year olds and above is for sprinters who can’t quite make it at the top-level at that distance but are still quick over shorter distances.

For the William Haggas trained Pretty baby this might not be the case for much longer with a bright future ahead for this horse. Being one of the youngest in the field that will go to post on Friday she has the best form.

Only having two runs this year and winning both comfortably this Group 3 test will be a huge step up but she has the pedigree to compete.

Silver, tassel on cap (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum)

Newmarket 3:35 – Threading 10/1 E/W

The First Group 1 of the day and the July meeting comes in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes over 1 mile for Fillies’ and Mares. This race is for the best female horses over a mile with an expected field of top class horses.

The clear favourite and horse that should win the race on Friday is the Jessica Harrington trained Alpha Centauri but at a price of 4/6 the value in this race comes with Each Way betting.

Threading for Mark Johnston takes up this role perfectly and the better bet in this race. An ever improving horse that last time out at Royal Ascot finished second behind Alpha Centauri but ran on well behind her.

If she can produce a similar run in this Group 1 contest she won’t be out of the placings and at a better price then other fillies who should finish behind the favourite, Threading is the best pick.