By Kevin O'Malley, www.tote.co.uk
Newmarket hosts an eight-race card on Friday afternoon, with plenty of competitive action to look forward to. Below we unearth a trio of horses with interesting chances, who are likely to be overlooked in the market.
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Michael Attwater’s stable is in really good form just now and although Pink Flamingo’s recent form figures don’t point to much positivity, this 4-y-o is handicapped to run a big race with conditions to suit.
The last time she encountered fast ground over this trip was at Leicester last September, where she went down by a neck to Shamshon when racing from a mark of 83. Earlier in the year at Brighton - again under today’s trip and ground conditions - she dotted up by two lengths from a mark of 75, the same perch she’ll compete off here.
Caspian Queen could be hard to beat on her Goodwood second last time, but at a likely big price, the dark horse here is definitely Ultra Violet. Cast your mind back to 12 months ago and this filly looked very smart when trouncing the field by eight lengths at Newmarket on her racecourse debut.
She is a bit quirky, and her form tailed off disappointingly after that win. However, the horse she beat into second here 12 months ago improved to a mark of 88 and Ultra Violet’s mark has dropped to 80 now. You’d like to think the Gleneagles filly will be a little more professional this season, more grown up, and capable of picking up a race or two.
If she turns out here like she did first time out in 2019, you’d imagine she’d have a right old chance under David Egan.
With just the eight runners declared, both Gas Monkey and The Jean Genie rate as interesting outsiders in the closing 1m2f handicap. For the purposes of settling on one, I’ll just side with the latter for William Stone and jockey Hollie Doyle.
Essentially, this is our third out-of-form horse finding itself racing under suitable conditions today.
This time, we do have to forgive a poor run first time out. She went down to post early and was never really at the races, but is the sort to bounce back. A mark of 80 gives her a big chance on the best of form, a hood is applied for the first time, and a step up to 1m4f could be a further positive.Get your free Racing TV fleece - the latest in our range of high-class Racing TV merchandise! Click here for more details.
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