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Step back up in trip no bother for Rother at Newmarket

07 Jul | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Step back up in trip no bother for Rother at Newmarket

Recent form in better races entitles Rotherwick to run well at big price on Thursday

Thursday’s card at Newmarket treats us to three Group races and a listed contest but the best bet of the day should come in the competitive 3yo handicap over 10f at 3.45.

There are some unexposed runners at the head of the betting, namely Muntadab and Awesome Power, but it is the exposed Rotherwick who makes the most appeal.

Rotherwick had 9 starts as a juvenile but has been campaigned like a very good handicapper this year in his two starts. On his seasonal debut he was second to subsequent Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs and behind that day were Stravagante and Dartmouth, winners of good handicaps since.

It was a bit of a shock to see Rotherwick dropped back to a mile for the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot and despite very much running as though the mile trip was against him he ran a blinder to finish 5th.

He did best of those who were close to the pace that day despite it being a race that favoured the closers.

Off the same mark here, back at his best trip, it would be a shock if he didn’t go very close at nice odds.

His biggest threat could be Dissoloution who was an expensive flop at Royal Ascot.

The performance of Time Test in Group 2 company earlier in the day, who Dissolution had been second to in handicap company a month earlier, meant that Dissolution was sent off a 9/4 favourite in a 17 runner contest which is almost unheard of in the competitive handicaps at Royal Ascot.

He met a bit of trouble in running that day but just wasn’t quite at his best and if he bounces back over a trip at which he’s run his best race this year he’ll give Rotherwick something to think about.

Choir to hit the high notes in Princess of Wales Stakes

It will be fascinating to see how the unbeaten Mahsoob gets on in the Princess of Wales Stakes in the preceding race.

He’s up in trip which should be a positive but he looks poor value bearing in mind he won what looked like a substandard Wolferton Stakes at Ascot by such a narrow margin. He’s likely to turn out a very good horse but there are plenty of unknowns at the price.

Second Step has to carry a 3lb penalty following his win at this level last time out but that was a bit of a shock and the form has taken a slight knock since with Telescope, who he beat that day, well beaten in the Hardwicke. The rest of his form doesn’t really entitle him to win this so he too could be best opposed.

That leaves Gospel Choir as the only viable alternative. He missed the second half of last season through injury but returned with a win last month over this course and distance.

That was only at listed level and he will need to improve on that form but he’s previously run in two Group 2 races and won both of those so he’s clearly up to this class.

It’s also worth noting that was his first start in over a year and he’d been beaten on his last two seasonal debuts so that bodes well here knowing he should improve plenty.

Frankie favourite should get punters off to winning start

Those wanting to start the day with a winner could do worse than back Mr Singh in the Bahrain Trophy which kicks the Newmarket July Festival.

He was 2nd at Group 2 level at Royal Ascot, has at least 5lbs in hand of his rivals here based on official ratings and the step up in trip should also be in his favour.

He’ll race handily which is a positive in this fairly small field and with Frankie Dettori in good form in the saddle at the moment this should be a good start for punters.

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