Newbury plays host to an exciting card on Friday 21 July, with the action starting at 1.50 and ending at 5.20.
Below are a couple of tips for the occasion – including one in the Rose Bowl Stakes.
1.50 – Gushing Gold @ 7/4
Famous last words, but I predict a good day for favourite backers at Newbury on Friday – starting with Andrew Balding’s Gushing Gold in the fillies’ maiden that opens the card at 1.50.
The two-year-old daughter of Blue Point showed plenty of promise when narrowly beaten on her racecourse debut at Leicester in late May and was subsequently sent to contest the G3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.
That was ambitious from connections, but to be fair she was far from disgraced in finishing 9/17, beaten just over 6L in what looked a fair renewal.
That was a significant improvement from her performance at Leicester and, even without considering further development, sets a high standard for her 11 rivals to reach.
I’m fearful of Richard Hannon’s Bourgeoise, who should come on immensely from her debut at Newmarket just a week ago, but ultimately I expect Oisin Murphy to guide Gushing Gold to victory here.
4.45 – Asadna @ 7/4
Cast your minds back to Royal Ascot last month when there was a controversial debate on social media regarding Asadna – the choice of those who put their faith in times and sectionals – and River Tiber – supported by those who favour the eye test – in the Coventry Stakes.
The latter won that battle, but the former wasn’t disgraced – certainly not in the context of this Listed juvenile sprint.
Alice Haynes’ two-year-old son of Mehmas was only beaten 6L in the end, recording a solid RPR (90) in the process. For me, that’s the best form on offer in this field – let alone his emphatic 12L success at Ripon previously.
This slight drop in grade and a return to a smaller field should suit Oisin Murphy’s mount, who ought to be bang there at the finish.