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6.00 Newbury – George William
Richard Hughes ventures to Newbury for just one ride, his final ride at the track before he retires. George William has the pleasure of being partnered by the Irish maestro, and he could offer some value at odds of 9/2 5.50 +450 4.50 4.50 -0.22 .
Relatively unfancied at 15.0 on debut, George William ran a race full of promise at Goodwood, finishing a close up fourth. He subsequently went off an odds on favourite for second start at Haydock over 7 furlongs, but the son of Paco Boy pulled too hard and didn’t see his race out that well. The drop back in trip seemed the obvious move and connections will be hoping for a much better run now he reverts to the shorter distance. Form is as good as anything in the race and although it is a competitive affair, the odds look a little too big.
The favourite comes in the form of the Brian Meehan trained Kitaaby. He finished second after showing plenty of ability over course and distance on debut and the winner has since gone on to boost the form by scoring again. Rates the main danger.
7.40 Newbury – Fever Few
Chris Wall’s Fever Few made an encouraging return to action when finishing second at Leicester, and the run should have put the 6 year old Pastoral Pursuits mare spot on for the race at Newbury tonight.
She may be 6 years old, but Fever Few is still unexposed in many respects, having only had 19 lifetime starts. Her best performance of last year was when winning a 6 furlong handicap on fast ground at Doncaster, and conditions at the Berkshire track will not be too dissimilar tonight – a long, galloping course with a bouncing surface.
Wall is a shrewd operator and has an eye for talent with young jockeys. He utilizes the services of Ashley Morgan for this ride, and whenever the Newmarket handler gives the leg up to a jockey who is able to claim, punters should take note; he is 44/233 (18.88%) for £95.86 LSP, giving an A/E of 1.64. Is likely to track the leaders, and should be finishing her race strongly.
The favourite is the Sylvester Kirk trained Groundworker, who comes into this contest on the back of a course and distance success. She escapes a penalty as that race was confined to apprentices, and has an obvious form chance. It is often worth taking those contests with a pinch of salt as the jockeys can misjudge the pace, and this race does look harder. At the odds, he is short enough.
Tips Summary (23rd July)
7.40 Newbury – Fever Few – 11/2 6.50 +550 5.50 5.50 -0.18 Ladbrokes