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Dave Nevison: My best bets at Newmarket and Pontefract

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Wed 22 Sep 2021

There’s some good quality racing on day one of the Cambridgeshire Meeting at Newmarket on Thursday, but the conditions races look very tricky. However, I have found one bet in the 6f fillies’ handicap (2.10pm) and also two at Pontefract. Both meetings will be shown live on Racing TV, and Racing TV Extra.

2.10 Newmarket: Quickstep Lady

This four-year-old looks set to get the strongly run race she needs to score and hopefully will bounce back from a disappointing effort at Salisbury last time out.

She certainly appreciated the drop back in trip at Windsor in August and was well backed to follow-up at Salisbury under Oisin Murphy. However, the race didn’t go as planned there, although her effort was too bad to be true, so I just have to forgive her that below-par outing.

She is normally a consistent performer, and this course and distance on this ground should suit plus Oisin Murphy is back on board.

3.30 Pontefract: Cottam Lane

Cottam Lane is in a rich vein of form and looks the bet of the day for me.

Although he finished out of the frame last time out, he was still beaten less than a length and produced a very good effort. His victory on his penultimate start came over this course and distance where he made all the running to beat Lezardrieux, who went one better next time out, so his form looks solid.

He looks set to get the lead here, which is always an advantage at Pontefract, and those inside of him are habitual slow starters, so I expect him to be another sprint handicap victory for Ayr Gold Cup winning trainer, Kevin Ryan.

5.15 Pontefract: Young Tiger

Although he might on the decline, I am clinging to a bit of hope that Pontefract is a course that really suits Young Tiger.

He won here last season and ran one of his only decent efforts of this year’s five starts when fifth over this course and distance in June.

That was off a much higher mark and he drops to 0-65 company here, while his latest win came in a 0-90 handicap.

His trainer, Tom Tate, has a much smaller string these days but has had a winner this week, and that is encouraging as well.

My case is slightly tenuous, but none of his rivals are seemingly in top form, so I am hoping his class edge can prove the answer.

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