Fillies and mares come to the fore on Friday on the July course at Newmarket, where Nick Luck has taken a good look through the eight-race card and pulled out his best bets…

Take Johnston’s Advice

King’s Advice (3.00pm), one of last season’s most popular and prolific winners, can bounce back with a repeat success in the Heritage Handicap at Newmarket on Friday. Mark Johnston has performed miracles with this once untrainable horse but running him over two miles has not really worked, hence another disappointment over that trip at Newcastle last time. Conditions will suit perfectly here, however, and this race hasn’t thrown up as many unexposed types as normal. The stable has two shorter in the betting, but that never worries me in this yard, and I like King’s Advice (14/1) to freewheel near the lead and keep galloping.

Lucander will love extra trip

Lucander (3.35pm) makes quite a bit of each way appeal  at 10/1 in a really warm ten-furlong handicap. The stable continues to go well, and this very likeable horse ran a lovely race over a mile when slightly short of racing room on his seasonal debut at Haydock. He looks to have had the perfect prep for this and can take another step forward over a trip that will suit.

Agincourt can be Amazing too

I can’t resist backing Agincourt (4.10pm) in the Falmouth at 14/1. David O’Meara won this for Sir Robert Ogden with Amazing Maria in 2015, and this mare is a similar grinding, staying miler. My belief is she saw a view of the front a bit soon on a stiff track at Ascot, but those tactics will work better here. She is three times the price of Nazeef for a head and warrants more respect than the market is offering. On a line though Queen Power, I don’t think there’s a vast amount between this pair and market leader Terebellum.

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