Andrew Balding: My thoughts on our Saturday runners
The Betway ambassador previews his runners on Saturday, with nine entries at Newmarket and Newbury.
Groundbreaker (13:50 Newmarket) is a nice horse who won well over this trip at Doncaster earlier in the year. It’ll be interesting to see how he copes with the ground, but I’m sure he’ll stay further in time. He’s going in the right direction now.
Foxes Tales (14:10 Newbury) is stepping up in trip and we have a feeling it’ll suit him. You never really know until you try though. He’s in good form now and, although he ran well on his comeback run, he’s come on and is in good shape. Fingers crossed he’ll go very well.
Bizarre Law (14:45 Newbury) didn’t run his race at Newcastle. He wasn’t in the best form at home shortly after, so there is a reason for that. He’s back to his best at home now, so on a fair mark you have to think he could go well. There is a niggling suspicion he might just be better on ground with a touch of give in, though.
Shine So Bright (15:00 Newmarket) won well on his reappearance under Harry Davies. He likes the ground and track, so he has plenty of ticks in the right boxes. It’s hard to tell if a horse will bounce after a very good comeback run, but it’s always in your mind.
Melody Of Life (15:00 Newmarket) is having his first start of the season. He’s still a bit burly, so I’m expecting him to come on for the run.
Alcohol Free (15:20 Newbury) runs in the Lockinge. We still think the world of her. She’s won three Group 1s and is very, very good on her day. She’s entitled to come on for her first run of the season at Sandown, which was a great place to get her started. These top Group 1 races aren’t ever easy, but she’s in good form and can run a big race.
Holguin (15:55 Newbury) had done everything right at home before his debut and has done everything right at home since. He’s a lovely horse. This is a step up in trip and in class, but he’s got plenty of ability.
Ducal Crown (16:30 Newbury) has a fair bit to find on official ratings, but stepping up in trip is likely to help her. While it’s a tough task to win a race of this nature, it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise if she ran into a place.
Notre Belle Bete (17:04 Newbury) has been very consistent this year, bar his disappointing run in the Lincoln. He ran well again last time out and can give yet another good account of himself.