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Dave Nevison's Friday Tips: Expect more from Madden at Newmarket

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Thu 27 Aug 2020

There are a fair few flashes of lightning across the south of England on the weather maps tomorrow, which doesn't make it easy to guess what the going might be, but we have to presume that conditions will be on the soft side to a greater or lesser extent at Goodwood, and probably also at Newmarket, from where I have three selections.

4.15 Newmarket: Blue Skyline

Ryan Moore looks a significant booking for David Elsworth’s improving three-year-old and he can break his maiden on his third handicap start. He ran well enough last time and the 2lb he has been lowered since will certainly help. That run came over a mile at Kempton and it certainly looked as though he may be suited by the drop to seven furlongs here. Last season he ran okay on soft ground over on the Rowley Mile so if the ground deteriorates further, I would think he should be fine. He is generally ridden up in the van so is likely to be suited by this track.

4.50 Newmarket: Owney Madden

This race is full of lightly-raced types who might well improve, but this horse seems to be coming into form and might go off at an each-way price. His trainer does well at Newmarket and Owney Madden is a winner on good to soft ground last season.

The run last time at York might have been much better than it looked as he was definitely racing on the wrong side of the track. Three horses who finished behind him have already won, so it was obviously a strong race for the grade. He has been dropped in the weights for that run and is definitely handicapped to go close soon.

Watch Owney Madden's fourth-placed run at York last time out

5.20 Newmarket: Summit Fever

Now a non-runner

Although he has only run over five furlongs so far, his running style and pedigree suggest this six furlongs should be well within his range. Indeed he may well improve.

He made all the running to land his maiden last time but was well on top in the final furlong and definitely was not stopping. He cost a bit and has a high-class sprinter's pedigree, so it is to be hoped this mark of 75 does not prove to be his limit.

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