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Dave Nevison's top tips for Friday: Laafy can put a smile on your face

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Thu 11 Jun 2020

I am looking forward to covering the evening Newbury card on Racing TV on Thursday but I’ll need to make my weekend money during the first half of the meeting as the latter races are either two-year-old or maiden races, which are not my betting choices. Hopefully the trio below will help.

5.25 Newbury: Blue Mist

A compressed season in the peak of summer demonstrated that this horse had retained all his ability but he never really got the chance to break through and become the high class handicapper/Listed grade performer I thought he might be.

He goes very well at Ascot and his standout effort was a fine third in the International in July. He looked sure to pick up a big one later in the season but he ran just once afterwards, when not getting the best of runs on the all-weather.

He has run well in the past at Newbury, as well as on soft, and still has unfulfilled potential.

5.55 Newbury: Laafy

Watch how Laafy won at Nottingham in August

Several horses in this race look as if they are having a warm up race over 12 furlongs before being pushed back up in trip.

By contrast, I hope Laafy is going in the other direction. He was campaigned mostly over 14 and 16 furlongs last year but didn’t show the same form as he had over Thursday’s trip earlier in the season.

He is proven on soft ground and has been gelded over the winter and I believe he will go forward this year. A well-run 12 furlongs could be ideal for him.

6.25 Newbury: Moll Davis

This one went into just about everyone’s notebook last week when an unlucky fourth at Newcastle and provided this doesn’t come too soon she should go very close.

It is not the first time she has got into trouble and her running style means it is always a possibility, but the open spaces of Newbury should give her no excuses. She was progressive last season and excelled on soft ground.

Her trainer has not had a winner since racing resumed but has run plenty of 100-1 shots, plus has had several placed, so I am not worried on that score, especially as Harry Bentley is riding brilliantly and looks a key booking.

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