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Mystical Spirit and Rhythmical the best bets on great Newmarket card

14 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Mystical Spirit and Rhythmical the best bets on great Newmarket card

With 82 runners across seven races on Saturday’s card, here’s our guide to picking profitable winners at the Betway-sponsored meeting

Memory shouldn’t be forgotten in Newmarket opener

The weather forecast is a little sketchy ahead of Saturday’s Betway-sponsored Newmarket card which begins with a 7f fillies’ nursery at 1.40.

It looks as though we should be close to good ground when the action gets started and that should suit Mark Johnston’s In Ken’s Memory.

The horse comes here having won his sole start and he did so shaping as though he’d improve not only for the experience, but also for this step up in trip.

The trainer has been in top form this season and the selection should run very well.

Steve Prescott won’t leave punters feeling grey

The 17-runner Grey Horse Handicap isn’t even the biggest field of the day and in a field full of mainly exposed runners it is the ultra-consistent Steve Prescott who gets the nod.

He has done most of his running in class two handicaps this season but dropped down to win a class three last time out.

Despite that win he is able to contest this class four contest and if he produces any of his course and distance runs from this season he’ll go very close.

Weather key ahead of big field sprint

The 18-runner Betway Price Blitz Stakes is perhaps the most difficult race to call on this card and the best bet will depend on exactly how much rain falls.

If the word ‘firm’ appears anywhere in the going then the progressive Roosey can go one better having finished second to subsequent Stewards’ Cup winner Magical Memory last time out over course and distance.

If the word ‘soft’ appears in the going then Beardswood makes most appeal.

He beat Dawn’s Early Light (well fancied here) earlier in the season and now gets 7lbs from that horse so will surely go well if getting his ground.

If the going is simply ‘good’ then stakes should be split on the pair. Don’t forget that Betway will be going best price on every runner in this race between 1 – 1.30.

Nomadic can start exciting journey with maiden win

At 3.25 we have a 2yo maiden where we could be seeing a star of the future.

Some big stables are represented here and John Gosden has a good chance of saddling the winner with debutant Nomadic.

This smartly-bred Raven’s Pass colt is a half-brother to some smart sorts and any market confidence should be noted.

Get on the Trail for Gold in mile and half handicap

The mile-and-a-half handicap at 4.00 may only have ten runners but it’s one of the most difficult races to call all day.

The ground may not be soft enough for many of these and if it stays decent then Gold Trail looks the one to be on. He was progressive on the all-weather over the winter and it is eyecatching that he was third to subsequent Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris earlier in the year and is now 2lbs lower.

Since then he’s run with credit, his Royal Ascot 8th reads well in the context of this race and then he wasn’t disgraced down in trip at Goodwood, in another hugely competitive handicap, when a close 6th.

Glorious Goodwood winner Blue Wave could give him most to do with a 3lb rise for winning a strong race seeming lenient. 

Mystical Spirit one of the best bets on tough card

Mystical Spirit looks the one to be on in the 7f handicap at 4.35, a race which is restricted to 3yos.

It’s best not to get carried away with his eight-length win in a weak maiden last time out, although unfortunately that run means he won’t be half the price he would have been had he gone into handicap company earlier in his career.

Some of those earlier runs are much better than they look with this 78-rated runner getting close to some subsequently much higher-rated horses. He’s run on all types of ground and connections seem to have found the best distance for him.

Rythmical set to return to winning ways after eyecatching Goodwood effort

Finally we end with a class 4 handicap at 5.10 over a mile and a half.

As long as the ground doesn’t get too testing this should be a great opportunity for Rhythmical to return to winning ways.

Mark Johnston 3yos always need to be respected stepping up in distance, and the way he finished in a hot Glorious Goodwood handicap over a furlong shorter at the end of last month after meeting trouble in running was extremely eyecatching, particularly given the winner of that race has been supplemented for a Group 2 next week and the third home has won a good race since.

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