Newmarket’s six-race card on Saturday 12 August features the G3 Solera Stakes, which has attracted a strong field.

Amongst my tips for the meeting is one for Godolphin in the big race – plus two first-time handicappers who look to have a bit of juice in their opening marks.

Newmarket Tips

  • 3.05 – Tajanis @ 5/2
  • 3.40 – Wild Goddess @ 7/2
  • 4.50 – Sniper’s Eye @ 11/4

3.05 – Tajanis @ 5/2

I’ve selected a William Haggas-trained, William Buick-ridden horse for Saturday’s NAP, and it’s that same duo that catches my eye in regards to this 0-75 handicap over 1m4f.

Tajanis, a three-year-old son of Australia, has been given an opening mark of 75 which looks to be on the lenient side. His most latest effort, when just over 4L behind the highly-progressive Sweet William who is now officially rated 103, certainly suggests that anyway.

He’s proven over the trip and in on this kind of ground, so I’m hopeful he can get us off to a flyer in the third of six races at HQ.

3.40 – Wild Goddess @ 7/2

The big race of the day is the G3 Solera Stakes which sees eight two-year-old fillies compete over 7f.

Fallen Angel and Soprano are closely-matched on their respective efforts in the Star Stakes (Listed) at Sandown just over two weeks ago, so I’m taking a chance on Wild Goddess for Charlie Appleby, who brings new form lines to the table.

The daughter of Camelot built on a promising debut at Haydock to strike over course and distance exactly 22 days ago and looked a filly of immense potential in doing so.

She looks to have a high ceiling and with expected improvement can at least make her presence felt in what looks a warm Group 3.

4.50 – Sniper’s Eye @ 11/4

Finally, I like the look of Sniper’s Eye for David Simcock in the concluding race – a 0-90 handicap over 1m.

The three-year-old has been handed an initial rating of 82, which I think underestimates him. His runner-up effort behind Godolphin’s well-regarded Imperial Emperor is a smart piece of form.

He’s entitled to keep improving having only seen the racecourse three times and, at least at this stage of his career, 1m on this ground looks optimal.

This Expert Eye gelding can make a bold bid for a yard in decent nick right now.

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