Newmarket’s three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting begins on Thursday with an eight-race show that runs from 13:50-17:53.
My selections for the card includes a Karl Burke-trained son of Frankel at a huge price for the feature – the G3 Tatterstalls Stakes.
15:00 – Frankness @ 7/2
I’m afraid it’s not a terribly imaginative pick (I’ve saved that for later), but Andrew Balding’s Frankness looks a good bet for this 0-105 fillies’ handicap over 6f.
When the three-year-old gets her optimum conditions, as she does here, she’s more than capable of running to a high level, as evidenced by her triumph at Salisbury exactly three weeks ago.
She beat the re-opposing Al Simmo that day, who had to concede 3lbs to the selection. Level weights today after a 4lb rise in the handicap, but I thought Frankness did it a lot easier than the winning margin suggested and, as a significantly lighter-raced individual, she remains open to more improvement and can confirm that form.
Of her other nine rivals, it’s only really Richard Hannon’s Minnetonka that I’m particularly worried about, so it’s fair to say I’m full of hope that Oisin Murphy can guide this Frankel filly to another handicap success.
15:35 – Victory Shout e/w @ 28/1
The feature at Newmarket on Thursday is the G3 Tatterstalls Stakes – a juvenile race over 7f.
I must admit, I’m not totally convinced about any of the market principals. The form of Military, Eben Shaddad and Alyanaabi leaves a bit to be desired, and I’m not sure a drop in trip suits Legend Of Time.
That got me looking further down the betting, where my eyes were drawn to Victory Shout for Karl Burke.
I know what you’re probably thinking – he’s the lowest-rated runner and has a whopping 18lbs to find on the top-rated Inishfallen. That’s true, but I don’t think it tells the full story.
The son of Frankel is highly-progressive, boasting a strong piece of form at Haydock back in August and coming here off the back of an emphatic 9L success at Carlisle earlier this month.
He didn’t beat trees that day either. The runner-up Silent Move is rated 81 and the fourth-placed Apiarist, who was over 14L behind the selection, has been awarded an opening mark of 80. I was seriously impressed with that performance and reckon Victory Shout is a fair bit better than 84.
He warrants respect, especially as the sole representative for a red-hot yard who’ve turned to the brilliant Shane Foley, whose only other ride on the card is an unraced type for the Gosdens.
With this down as one of Betfred’s Extra Place Races, paying four places, I make Victory Shout an attractive each-way bet.