The first of eight quality races at Newbury is the Racegoers Club 50th Anniversary EBF Novice Stakes, with several of these unarmed. Therefore, we are siding with experience, and MASARU strikes the eye for Richard Hannon.
He was a debut winner at Windsor on GTF, and won with plenty in hand that day before being badly hampered in his subsequent start at York. He was a beaten favourite that day in a big field, and a drop to a class four contest will surely mean he will prove too good for these.
Champion Jockey Silvestre de Sousa is onboard, and he has recorded 12 winners from his last 55 rides.