The main attention in the racing world on Sunday is the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, but there are three decent cards taking place in England with plenty of betting opportunities in each. Meetings take place at Newmarket, Haydock and Lingfield over the course of Sunday.
We’ve scoured the cards for all three meetings and have identified bets in two races to accompany the bets we’ve had on the big race at HQ. We get things going up at Haydock before returning for one at Newmarket.
A decent heat for 3 year olds sees 10 runners head to post for this Class 4 handicap over 1 mile 2 furlongs. A fairly strong pace is likely so you’ve got to be looking for a horse that will get every inch of the trip.
Kipps, from the Hughie Morrison yard, is a fairly warm order off the back of 2 runs on the all weather where he opened by finishing 2nd to Celestran, the horse that won the first turf race since racing returned. He then edged out a Godolphin debutant over this trip, the pair coming 5 lengths clear. He holds very solid claims.
His nearest rival according to the market is Oleksander who carries a big weight of 9st9lbs and it’d be some performance if he managed to carry that to victory. That said, he has won 2 from 2 so cannot be overlooked.
London Arch has good all weather form, Berkshire Savvy ran well in defeat on his nursery debut and Glenties hold claims if he can repeat his 2nd behind Emissary 2 starts ago.
However, Bucephalus is the one I most fancy to upset the favourite. He’s had just 2 runs and has shown lots of promise both times. On his first run, he was 4th in a Class 3 novice event at York, staying on really well down the long straight. He held every chance at the furlong pole and it was clear on that run that a step up in trip would see him in a better light. He then ran over the same trip at Kempton and it was a similar story, holding every chance and looking in need of further.
Like the front 2 in the market, he’s taken advantage of getting a handicap mark after the minimum 2 runs and a mark of 80 looks workable given his RPR on debut was exactly that. He’s bred to get even further so this trip on easy ground and with the fast pace expected should be right up his street.
Back Bucephalus (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 9.00 Bet365 BOG (⅕ odds 1-3)
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This is a Class 2 handicap with a field of 10 over the straight mile. Ebury is the favourite and is a winner of 2 of his 5 races, those coming in Class 5 novice company and a Class 3 classified race. He was 2nd off 3lbs lower in a Class 3 handicap, so is up in both mark and grade today.
Bell Rock won his only start over 7 furlongs here as a 2 year old, that was at odds of 33/1 but did nothing in 3 starts last year in much better company. He could bounce back but needs to.
Ouzo, meanwhile, notched up a hat trick of wins last summer but struggled off this revised mark thereafter and was a length and a half behind Ebury last time up (3lbs better off today). Zhui Feng is now a 7 year old but could be favoured on this front runners track so cannot be dismissed.
The selection is Arctic Sound, the other possible front runner in the field. He’s from the in form yard of Mark Johnston and should go well now facing optimum conditions. I’m prepared to forgive most of last term where he raced on the all weather or heavy ground on his last 5 starts seeing his mark fall to just 100 now; he did finish 2nd in small fields in 2 of those runs but it’s his form previous to that which gives him solid claims here.
As a 2 year old, he won 4 of his 6 starts including when disposing of Line Of Duty, a Group 1 winner who is now rated 115. He also signed off for that season with a win in a Group 3 over 7 furlongs. Last term, he opened up by disappointing in the Free Handicap here off 110 where he seemed in need of an extra furlong. That extra furlong paid off when he went to Germany for his next start in their 2000 Guineas and he finished a neck 2nd to Fox Champion (now rated 107) and was a head in front of the now 112 rated Great Scot.
Back on turf over his best trip and with his stable amongst the winners, this course winner on a track favouring prominent types must surely go well at a decent price.er, prominent on front run track, go well.
Back Arctic Sound (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 10.00 Bet365 BOG (⅕ odds 1-3)