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Steve to leave rivals for dead in Grey Horse Handicap

14 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Steve to leave rivals for dead in Grey Horse Handicap

With each way terms favouring punters, the Grey Horse Handicap at 2.15 at Newmarket on Saturday could be one of the best contests of the day

The Betway Grey Horse Handicap at Newmarket always makes for an interesting spectacle and there has been a great turn out for the race with 17 runners set to go to post.

The draw hasn’t played a big part this season on the July course and the ground should be close to good meaning there will be few excuses for any runner.

Smokethatthunders is interesting on his 7f form, twice running just behind the very progressive Peril. That does appear to be his trip nowadays, though, so the drop back to 6f has to be viewed as a negative on this occasion.

He is likely to be seen running on late up the stiff finish but it could be too late.

Hope And Faith is very lightly-raced and is sure to be prominent in the betting but he has been beaten in two handicap starts now and although he could well come on for his latest run, anyone backing the Jeremy Noseda-trained runner is taking a big chance.

The really solid option here appears to be Steve Prescott. He has plenty of course and distance form and has run in some of the most competitive 3yo sprint handicaps of the season.

He was only four lengths behind subsequent Stewards Cup winner Magical Memory a couple of starts ago and has mostly run in class 2 handicaps.

Having won a class 3 handicap last time out, dropping into a class 4 handicap makes him of obvious interest.

He has also run well on good to firm and soft ground so with some uncertainty over the weather he rates a really solid bet.

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