Seven races on the flat from the seaside on Thursday, July 27th. Great Yarmouth is the venue for an evening Racing League fixture, so there’s added spice for us all to enjoy. First race is 5.30pm, and it’s 8.30pm for the lucky last.

Every race is a handicap, including a nursery for the 2-yr-olds, and the competition will be hot. All are covered live on ITV4, so that’s another welcome bonus.

This is Race Week 1 in Racing League 2023, and in case you need reminding here are the seven teams fighting it out between now and Race Week 6, the finale, at Southwell in September.

Ireland; London & The South; Scotland; The East; The North; Wales and the West; Yorkshire.

Let’s have a look at three of Thursday night’s contests, and see if we can find a gem or two.

Yarmouth tips

  • 6.00 – Crow’s Nest each-way @ 9/2 (we’re paying 4 places)
  • 6.30 – Achillea @ 9/2
  • 7.30 – Stone Circle each-way @ 7/1 (we’re paying 4 places)

6.00 – Crow’s Nest each-way @ 9/2

George Boughey’s 3-yr-old is representing Ireland, and will be ridden by Ben Curtis. After three excellent runs in novice company, including two victories, he made his handicap bow at Newmarket last time in this grade, and ran a fine race under Will Buick, finishing a close-up third.

He again races off the same mark, 82, and after a competitive and gutsy showing at HQ can put that experience to good use here at Newmarket-by-the-sea, as some refer to Yarmouth. The 2nd that day, Fierce, has already gone in at Nottingham in a ten-grand maiden, so the form looks decent.

It was good-to-soft at HQ, and similar is anticipated for Thursday – another plus. Let’s use the extra-places terms (4) and go each-way.

6.30 – Achillea @ 4/1

The only filly in the contest, Achillea represents London and the South, is trained by Dean Ivory, and ridden by Marco Ghiani. As a fairer sex 3-yr-old she gets all the allowances, and carries just 8st 5lb – a lovely racing weight.

Career-best last time at Ascot in this grade when a close third to Farasi Lane, running on well after losing her position. She’s getting another furlong here, and that looks sure to suit. This is only career-start number six, so plenty of optimism that there’s more under the hood.

Time perhaps for this daughter of the mighty Frankel to take a big step forward.

7.30 – Stone Circle each-way @ 7/1

Saffie Osborne rides for Michael Bell, representing Wales and the West. Vastly-experienced 6-yr-old gelding who has won off this mark of 74 before and arrives in fine fettle.

Last two runs have seen him go down by just 3/4 of a length on both occasions, off this mark, and he’s a past course-and-distance scorer at the track. The last run at Haydock saw him return a very strong Racing Post Rating (RPR), and though up in grade here, ran well in it at HQ back in May.

Saffie is a gem, and is enjoying a super season, so all in all there’s plenty to look forward to. The enhanced place terms make it an easy decision to plump for each-way.

Have a lovely evening’s racing, good luck, and as always, take care.

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