Betfred’s Owen McMahon picks out his best bet from all five meetings in the UK & Ireland on Tuesday 25 July 2023. 

NAP of the Day

  • 6.50 Chelmsford – Commander Of Life @ 3/1

All-weather action at Chelmsford is the focus for Tuesday’s best bet – specifically the novice stakes over 6f at 6.50.

13 go to post for this two-year-old contest, and it’s Sean Woods’ COMMANDER OF LIFE that stands out for me.

The son of Invincible Spirit has only ran twice to date, firstly when out of his depth in a warm maiden at Leicester in May before a much-improved effort at Lingfield last month.

The only horse to beat him the last day was an odds-on shot for Jane Chapple-Hyam who had previous form behind the 97-rated Watch My Tracer, who subsequently ran well in the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot before making lightwork of a Windsor novice last week.

In the context of Tuesday’s race, that’s a strong piece of form – especially given how strongly he was staying on at the finish.

That all-weather form is no negative and if he can continue to improve at anywhere near the rate he did from debut, he ought to be going very close here.

I’m sure Richard Hannon’s Macanudo will have his supporters and it’s not hard to see why, especially with William Buick booked, but I worry about his attitude and will to win after failing to properly see out his three races to date.

Similarly, Parker’s Piece for Michael Bell won’t go unbacked under Oisin Murphy. He too boasts decent form in this field, but Michael Bell’s yard are in poor form so he can’t be advised.

Other than those two, it’s pretty slim pickings – although St Lukes Chelsea is an interesting debutant and a market check is advised.

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