Racing fans are in for a treat on Saturday with high-quality racing stretching late into the night and hopefully I will have made a few quid in the afternoon, so I won’t be pressured into finding a Breeders’ Cup winner before bedtime! My four best bets on Saturday run at Newmarket and Ayr, and both meetings will be shown live on Racing TV.
I have tipped this horse twice and he has been a non-runner on both occasions, but I am going to be on when he does reappear.
I have mentioned before that I firmly believe Jonniesofa could develop into a serious chasing prospect this season.
His trainer, Rose Dobbin, has a good record with horses returning from an absence and Dobbin had a 25-1 winner last weekend and brought Honourable Man back after an absence to win last month.
I hope I am right by sticking with this nine-year-old.
I see no reason to desert this horse after he got beat off top weight in the Balmoral Handicap last time out and, in winning this, he could signal that he will be a top-class horse over ten furlongs next season.
He could have won the Cambridgeshire by as far as he liked and clearly handles the Rowley Mile very well, which is a positive.
The opposition is useful but very much exposed and Lord North has probably improved past them already.
This five-year-old looked ring rusty when seventh at Ascot in a Group One on his first start since march but still caught the eye staying on nicely in the last two furlongs.
He spends most of his time running in Group One company and has not run at Listed level since May last year when he was successful at Ascot.
Conditions are ideal and, provided he has not gone backwards, he looks a good bet here.
Has not been a success as yet for David O’Meara but has not lost his form and has shaped as though return to form is imminent on numerous occasions.
His mark has dropped to 83 from 89 and he has been second off this mark and off 88 in higher-graded handicaps than this.
Harry Bentley is excellent on the Rowley Mile boasting a strike-rate of over 15 per cent and is a positive jockey booking.
Dave's fab four:
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