Betfred’s Owen McMahon picks out his best bet from all eight meetings in the UK & Ireland on Friday 21 July 2023.

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  • 5.45 Newmarket – Wild Goddess @ 5/4

One of my biggest pieces of advice to anyone trying to get into betting on horse racing would be to keep a tracker.

I consider mine a vital tool – and right now it’s flagging up WILD GODDESS, who runs in the fillies’ novice stakes at 5.45 Newmarket on Friday.

In fact, here’s exactly what I wrote after her racecourse debut at Haydock just 15 days ago: “VERY promising debut having been well-backed all day. Strongly consider backing next time out if conditions suit.”

Despite doing pretty much everything wrong, the two-year-old daughter of Camelot was only beaten 1½L into fourth in what looked to my eye like a strong maiden.

After breaking late, she found herself held up in rear and subsequently had lots of ground to make up in a short space of time – but she did exactly that, making striking progress late on and hitting the line very strongly.

Not only should she improve bundles for that run, but she’s bred to want this step up in trip to 7f and her trainer Charlie Appleby – who at time of writing is operating at a 24% strike rate with six winners from his last 25 runners – is mustard at Newmarket’s July course.

There’s some beautifully-bred newbies in the line-up, but I suspect they’d have to be well above average to take this and frankly I’m willing to chance that isn’t the case.

The main threat is arguably Summit, who was a shoulder ahead of the selection at Haydock in that race just over two weeks ago, but for reasons already stated I would be surprised were that form to hold up.

I’m very hopeful that William Buick and Wild Goddess can score here.

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