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Horse racing tips: Best bets for Newmarket on Thursday

By Harry Allwood@harry_allwood
Thu 7 Jul 2022

Harry Allwood struck with Sinjaari (7-2) and Vadeni (11-4) in his tipping column on Saturday and has three bets for day one of the July Festival, live on Racing TV.

The Moet & Chandon July Festival gets underway at Newmarket on Thursday, with three brilliant days of action to look forward to at HQ, all live on Racing TV.

Three Group races, a Listed contest plus two wide-open handicaps feature on a competitive seven-race card on day one, which is a nice warm-up ahead of the Group One action on Friday when Inspiral will put her unbeaten record on the line in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes.

Dave Nevison has also shared his best bets for Newmarket on racingtv.com, and Rossa Ryan has provided the inside track on some of his key rides this week. Both pieces (below) are worth a read ahead of racing on Thursday.

Read more: Free Newmarket July Festival tips from Dave Nevison

Read more: Rossa Ryan provides the inside track on his key rides at Newmarket's July Festival

Best of luck over the three days, and please remember to gamble responsibly.

2.25 Newmarket: Persian Force at a general 7-4

I am of the opinion that this year’s Coventry Stakes is strong form, as 14 of the 17 contenders going into the race had scored on their previous outing, and the winner produced the fastest final two furlongs out of the two-year-olds all week at Royal Ascot. The fourth and seventh have also gone close in a Group Two since, and it is wise to think the first two home, at least, could develop into Group One performers this season.

Although Persian Force was no match for Bradsell, he still produced a brilliant performance in defeat and a repeat of that effort here should be good enough to score.

Richard Hannon has made it no secret how much he thinks of his youngster who created a huge impression winning his first two starts, and his draw in stall three should allow him to get some cover early on.

His sire, Mehmas, was beaten in the Coventry Stakes before winning this contest in 2016, and I expect Persian Force to follow in his footsteps in a race his trainer has won three times in the past eight years.

It is also promising that Rossa Ryan believes his mount has "come on a lot from Ascot" and has "mentally sharpened up a lot" from the run.

Read more: Rossa Ryan provides the inside track on his key rides at Newmarket's July Festival


3.00 Newmarket: Bosh at each-way at a general 11-1

This three-year-old produced some useful form last season, including when a narrow second in the Ballyhane Stakes at Naas, and has caught the eye on his first two starts upped to seven furlongs this year.

The form of his seasonal debut effort at Newbury in April has worked out extremely well as the winner won a valuable handicap next time out - and is now rated 15lbs higher - plus the pair that dead-heated for fourth have both scored since, too.

Bosh travelled like the best horse in that race before the lack of a recent run and, potentially, a lack of stamina took its toll in the closing stages, and he again shaped as though that trip stretched him slightly at Goodwood when last seen where he made up ground from the back having travelled strongly before his effort petered out.

That form has also been boosted, most notably by the runner-up who filled the same spot in the Jersey Stakes on his next outing, and the winner has won off a higher mark since.

A strongly run contest back over six furlongs should suit the selection, as will the quicker conditions, and he is capable of going close off a pound lower rating here.


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4.40 Newmarket: Repertoire each-way at a general 8-1

Repertoire lost his way towards the end of last year, although that may have been due to the fact he needed a break as he had been on the go since February, and returned this season with an impressive victory in a 0-95 handicap at Ascot.

Being held up in last was always going to be a struggle on his next outing at Chester, but he shaped well when third behind some useful rivals in a better contest than this when last seen off a rating 10lb higher than his Ascot success.

That proved he is capable of going close off a rating of 90 as he was given plenty to do and finished a place ahead of Isla Kai who was not beaten far in the Royal Hunt Cup on his next outing.

Returning to this grade, David Simcock’s charge has every chance of hitting the frame at least, and is worth supporting each-way at 8-1.

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