By News Team
Last Updated: 8th July 2020
We’re in for a midweek treat with some top-quality racing from both Newmarket and York. Here are Nick Luck’s thoughts on all the action.
Enbihaar can give Gosden a third Princess of Wales’s
On another well-stocked midweek raceday, ENBIHAAR can produce a star performance on her seasonal debut by taking advantage of her allowance against colts in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes (4:10pm) at Newmarket at 5/2.
This big, powerful filly progressed exceptionally well over middle distances and further and can be counted a little unfortunate not to have won the Group One Prix de l’Opera on her final start, having been hampered several times on a track that didn’t play to her strengths. She has plenty of form on a sound surface, and I am hoping she is allowed to use her stride here. If the cheekpieces spark him up, Old Persian would be a big threat on the best of his form at 4/1.
Haggas to take the Bahrain Trophy with the classy Al Aasy
Earlier in the afternoon, Jim Crowley can land another big prize for Sheikh Hamdan in the Bahrain Trophy (2:25pm) aboard AL AASY. I’ll confess to being a bit disappointed in his seasonal debut, but time has shown he faced an impossible task behind Mishriff and Co and he made amends handsomely next time. His stable is going really well now, and he can continue on an upward curve at 5/2. I am pleased to see him tackling a staying trip and think he could yet be a St Leger horse.
O’Brien’s Swiss looks an Ace bet
There is an interesting matchup between Coventry second Qaader and Windsor Castle winner Tactical in the July Stakes (3:00pm), but I am inclined to take on the pair with the exquisitely bred Ballydoyle runner SWISS ACE, who made a smooth and striking racecourse debut at Tipperary. The form has been let down by the runner-up subsequently, but the winner did especially well to draw clear as he was pestered on a strong pace throughout. He looks a pretty professional two-year-old and can serve it up to the front two in the market at 9/2.
Outsider chanced in tricky handicap
The appropriately named PROGRESSIVE RATING gets a tentative vote at 25/1 in a really tough sprint handicap (3:35pm) for 3yos to give the flying Callum Shepherd another big win. The form of his final three runs looks a deal better than it did at the time and he’s got plenty of early pace, which I like over six at the July course with so much downhill running early.
Norton’s mount can come thundering home in the Dante
At York, the rescheduled Dante (3:15pm) can go to THUNDEROUS who showed a great attitude in defeat when finishing second to the rather underrated Volkan Star at Newmarket. The time of that race was smart, and he raced without much cover into the teeth of a brutal headwind. There is not much between him and Highest Ground on their form and he is the much bigger price at 13/2.
Quinn’s contender could prove the value in Marygate
Earlier in the afternoon, I’m taking a chance that MISS NAY NEVER can prove a bit of value in the Marygate Stakes (2:05pm) at 11/1. She showed blinding speed on her debut behind two promising horses and should certainly appreciate a step back to five furlongs for the trainer that won this race with Signora Cabello.