Newbury Super Sprint Day Betting Tips
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Newbury Super Sprint Day Betting Tips

Newbury will be the centre of attention on Saturday afternoon as they host their Weatherbys Super Sprint card. The big 2YO sales race is worth just shy of £100k to the winner and is joined on the card by the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes. Eight races at Newbury, with action from 1.15-5.20pm and the Racing Post bring you their betting tips, analysis and selections.


1.15 - bet365 EBF Novice Stakes (6f)

Godolphin colt Home City did all bar win on third start at Yarmouth (6f, good to firm) at the beginning of the month under Louis Steward. He was in front a long old while and only just lost out on the nod on the line. This is a class-drop for him and, with that vital experience in the bag, he should prove popular in the betting.

Glamourous Express has shaped with promise at Windsor and Nottingham in two runs and can again go well, while Richard Hannon's Tropez Power improved on second start to finish third at Salisbury over seven-furlongs. He drops back in distance and is another worth considering.

Marcus Tregoning launches a trio of newcomers - Motashaweq, Tabeeb and Olivetti - the market should provide a good guide as to their chances (Jim Crowley partners the first-named in the Shadwell colours) but a chance is taken on another debutant - KINGOFHELL.

The Dark Angel colt has all the attributes on paper to be a useful sprinter and trainer Ed Walker has legged up red-hot champion jockey Oisin Murphy for the ride here. They are a speculative choice in an open contest, with any market support increasing confidence.

Selection: Kingofhell

Next Best: Home City


1.50 - bet365 Stakes (Listed, 1m2f)

This Listed heat is wide open if the betting market is to be believed. Derab is just about topping the chart early on for John & Thady Gosden with Martin Harley on board.

The Sea The Stars colt was very impressive at Newmarket in May over the mile and went off well-touted since in the Group 1 Prix Du Jockey Club at Chantilly won by St Mark's Basilica. He could only finish mid-pack in France but drops in class again now and remains open to plenty improvement after just four starts.

He is joined by Movin Time - fifth in last month's Group 3 Hampton Court at Royal Ascot over this distance on the back of a Newmarket maiden score - as the only 3YOs in this field. They get a handy weight concession from the older rivals and are much-respected.

Stormy Antarctic was a winner in this grade at Goodwood over the trip in May on soft ground. This looks tougher but he may avenge his Windsor second behind Solid Stone over a mile earlier the same month

Sir Michael Stoute's reliable sort was third in the Wolferton at Royal Ascot since over this trip and should give his running again. Blue Cup was just behind him in that contest and has place claims for David Menuisier.

The one perhaps with scope for much better is REAL WORLD for Saeed bin Suroor. A son of Dark Angel, he was racing on turf for the first time last month when he turned the 30-runner Royal Hunt Cup into a mere procession at Ascot.

He did that off a mark of 94 and his form in Dubai has confirmed this trip is within his compass. Marco Ghiani keeps the ride, despite being unable to claim here, and the promising 4YO could be up to this task at around the 5/1 mark.

Selection: Real World

Next Best: Derab


2.25 - Bahrain Turf Series Handicap (2m½f)

This trip seemingly brought about a much-improved showing from Zeeband last month as Roger Varian's charge won the Northumberland Vase in straightforward fashion. He's 8lb higher back on grass and sports a first-time visor in this follow-up attempt. The market has identified the claims held by the gelded son of Sea The Stars.

Withhold hasn't shown enough in recent outings to merit support, despite his class, while Mark Johnston's top-weight Mildenberger was clear of him but a well-held third in the recent Coral Marathon at Sandown. They've got work to do on that evidence.

At the foot of the weights, Call My Bluff bids for a hat-trick for trainer Dominic Ffrench-Davis following success at Nottingham and Chester lately in lesser contests. More is almost certainly required but he's a 4YO on the upgrade and Silvestre De Sousa is a good booking.

SCARAMANGA was twice successful over hurdles in the spring for Paul Nicholls and returns from a short break now. The son of Mastercraftsman is yet to win on the level but has placed five times in eight attempts. In particular, his Ascot second (2m, good to firm) a year ago stands out and he's only 1lb higher in the ratings here. Hayley Turner is on board now and they are fancied to go well.

After successive runner-up finishes on the all-weather - latest when closest pursuer of Zeeband at Newcastle - Margaret Dumont is another that may hope to have a say in the finish.

Selection: Scaramanga

Next Best: Call My Bluff


3.00 - bet365 Hackwood Stakes (Group 3, 6f)

Last year's winner Tabdeed arrives to defend this crown after a pleasing effort when placed in an all-weather Group 3 at Newcastle last month over this trip. That was only his second run since winning this race and, after a very similar prep on the Gosforth Park track last year, he looks primed for another good run.

KING'S LYNN is enjoying a fine season for Andrew Balding in the Royal silks and is put forward as the better option. He won in Listed company at Haydock in late May and then ran as well as could have been expected in the Group 1 King's Stand at Royal Ascot off a ferocious pace, doing his best work late on.

Just four days later, he ran a cracking race carrying a penalty when close third behind Rohaan in the Wokingham. That puts him right in the mix and both track and trip here should suit (second here over 5f on seasonal bow) after a nice four-week rest.

Diligent Harry looks best-placed of the trio of 3YOs. Clive Cox's colt also has form ties with Rohaan and he was just ahead of Tabdeed at Newcastle in that Chipchase Stakes last time. He must prove he can be as effective on turf but, if he does, he's surely a contender getting 5lb from the older horses.

Selection: King's Lynn

Next Best: Diligent Harry


3.40 - Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes (5f)

This hugely popular 2YO Sales event carries a first prize of just under £100k and has in recent times been dominated by Richard Hannon and Richard Fahey - winners of six of the last eight renewals between them (three apiece).

Vintage Clarets is the lone representative for the Fahey team today. An Ardad colt, he won his second and third starts at Beverley and Ayr (both 5f, good to firm) in April and then ran a hugely promising third behind Berkshire Shadow in the Coventry at Royal Ascot last month over 6f. That's strong form and returning to this distance should be an aid for him.

Eve Johnson Houghton's Windsor Castle winner Chipotle had Vintage Clarets behind when making a winning debut at Doncaster in March in a Conditions event and has made smooth progress since. He's won 3-4, his only setback on soft ground in a Listed Sandown heat in May. They are both major contenders and may duel for favouritism.

Hannon meanwhile has a scattergun team, with Raging, Zoltan Star, Gubbass, Symphony Perfect and Banner Moonshine all representing him. Of them, Sean Levey's mount Gubbass makes strongest appeal. The Mehmas colt made a winning debut at Leicester (5f, good to firm) in April and that form is reliable. This race has presumably been the target since.

At a massive price of around 33/1, it might be worth taking a flyer on ADAAY IN ASIA for Harry Dunlop. She wasn't beaten far on debut at Lingfield over 5f in May and then ran a creditable fourth behind subsequent dual Group-race scorer Sandrine upped to 6f at Kempton a fortnight later.

She has since gone back to Lingfield and produced a really determined late burst to overhaul Golden Rainbow and win over 6f, the runner-up having pinched a nice advantage early in the home straight.

There were three next-time-out winners in behind and while this is clearly a much tougher assignment back down at 5f, Silvestre De Sousa takes over the reins and the daughter of Adaay has a mere 8st 2lb burden to carry. It's certainly possible she can run a big race.

Selection: Adaay In Asia

Next Best: Gubbass


4.10 - Whitsbury Manor Stud Supporting The British EBF Premier Fillies' Handicap (1m)

It's not hard to imagine DECLARED INTEREST will continue an excellent season by taking this. Ralph Beckett's filly was victorious on the all-weather at Chelmsford in October on final start of last term and she picked up where she left off, scoring with plenty in hand at Leicester (1m, good) in late May off a mark of 83.

She went up 6lb for that effort and gave another really pleasing effort to be beaten just one-length into fourth spot in last month's Kensington Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

She had plenty to do late on in that very competitive race and, only 1lb higher, could find this a good deal more straightforward. She is the form choice.

Seattle Rock is a C&D winner and ran well in Listed company at Sandown a fortnight ago for Sylvester Kirk. She begins life in handicaps from a mark of 93 but cannot be ignored.

Fairy Cakes ran well dropped to a mile at Sandown last month and has place claims, while both Serenading and Areehaa made decent shapes on their respective seasonal bows at Doncaster and Newmarket over the last month and are fancied to build on those now.

Gary Moore's Kingman filly strikes as one that could have plenty more to give back at the mile trip and having tried to lump weight to fellow 3YOs last time, she is taken to have a say on just her second run for this handler.

Selection: Declared Interest

Next Best: Areehaa


4.45 - Fillies' Novice Stakes (1m2f)

The Charlie Appleby-trained Mawenzi made a winning start at Wolverhampton back in November and has been off since. The Dubawi filly is entitled to build on that effort switched to the turf and should be closely monitored in the betting.

Debutantes Tres Speciale, Chinook and Country Pyle are similarly worth paying some attention as they all make some appeal on paper for respected yards.

PRINCESS NADIA is a daughter of Sea The Stars and after a solid start to her career over this trip at Salisbury in May, she went close since at Haydock upped to 1m3½f in the hands of Hollie Doyle. She was only worn down late by Mandoob that day and Brian Meehan's charge has since taken a silver medal in Group 3 company at Newmarket over further.

John & Thady Gosden's filly, by contrast, looks likely to be well suited coming back in distance and can make it third time lucky.

Selection: Princess Nadia

Next Best: Tres Speciale


5.20 - RacingTV Handicap (7f)

The David Menuisier-trained FOXTROT SIZZLER was an improver on handicap bow over 6f at this venue last month, coming with a good late run to steal the prize in the closing stages. A mere 3lb rise in the weights was the result of that effort and the Pride Of Dubai gelding should have no major concerns going up again in trip. This looks a good opportunity for him to double up.

Richard Hughes won this race a year ago and he saddles Crimson Sand now. He's a dual Polytrack winner (2-2) from the spring and has shaped with promise in three turf starts since. He had plenty on his plate in a Class 2 Newmarket event four weeks ago over 5f and could be one to deliver more over this new trip eased in grade.

Qasbaz is up 7lb for a smooth Doncaster win two weeks ago but has to be considered alongside the mare Caple Berry, also a Town Moor winner last month.

Selection: Foxtrot Sizzler

Next Best: Crimson Sand




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