There’s six races from Newmarket on Friday 18 August, with the evening action beginning at 5.10 and ending just after the final contest at 8.05.
I’ve got a couple of tips for the occasion – including one that’s sure to go down well on the blue side of Manchester…
5.10 – North View @ 10/11
The Chapple-Hyams go head-to-head in the opener – a two-year-old novice event over 7f – at Newmarket on Friday with Flag Of St George and North View.
It’s the latter who gets my vote for Peter, who has saddled two winners at 10/3 and 7/1 – plus a 28/1 second at Glorious Goodwood the other week – from his last four runners.
The son of Expert Eye is clearly held in high regard at the Suffolk yard, for he not only holds an entry for the G2 Betfred Champagne Stakes but was chucked into a red-hot maiden at Ascot on King George day.
He was only 1¾ lengths behind Eve Johnson Houghton’s exciting Indian Run that day and beaten just a head by the runner-up and subsequent winner Kingdom Of Riches.
Friday’s assignment is no doubt an easier one for North View, who should improve plenty for his debut, enjoy the step up to 7f and ultimately make a bold bid under the in-form Robert Havlin.
5.45 – De Bruyne @ 11/4
When William Buick is booked to ride a horse for the first time, you take note. At HQ on Friday afternoon, it’s Ed Walker’s De Bruyne that will benefit from the 35-year-old’s assistance.
The son of Dutch Art was done no favours by the handicapper when burdened by an opening mark of 77 as a result of his exploits as a juvenile, but he’s dropped 6lbs in his four runs this term despite running with credit on at least two of those occasions.
Off 71 and with the brilliant Buick in the plate, he looks well up to winning this 0-70 affair over 6f for a yard operating at an impressive strike rate of 23% in the last 14 days.