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‘Foxtrot’ to prove a step ahead
Jamie Spencer has jocked himself off ante-post Ayr Gold Cup favourite, Shanghai Glory, and Charles Hills booked stable apprentice, Callum Shepherd, who claims 3lbs allowance.
This is likely to affect betting markets but we can assure AP speculators the four-year-old Exceed And Excel gelding worked superbly earlier this week.
Shanghai Glory was one of the unluckiest losers during ‘Glorious Goodwood’ week and subsequently ‘won’ the race on Ripon’s stands-side in the class 2 ‘Great St Wilfrid’ when finishing third, beaten less than a length, by Mattmu and Pipers Note.
Jamie mentioned just how unlucky Shanghai Glory had been on both occasions; methinks he’s decided to ride at Newbury because forecast ‘soft’ ground will be an issue which, incidentally, isn’t a concern, according to Barry Hills!
Big chance for Shepherd.
In the meantime, Hills introduces Rewaayat in division two of the Maiden Stakes over six furlongs ‘good’ Newbury ground today; apparently this Hamdan al Maktoum-owned Pivotal colt is in the ‘Faringdon’ first division and expected to go close.
We’ve combed fourteen rivals and, because Hills’ first-up runners seldom win, have decided to give Foxtrot Lady another chance under David Probert.
This combination was caught in the last strides down the Yarmouth straight last month but easy-moving Foxtrot Lady improved considerably on two previous efforts and is ready to win.
This promises to be an intriguing meeting, the first division is ‘chocker’ with well-bred newcomers and lightly-raced juveniles from ‘fashionable’ yards; tough for betting which isn’t the case at Newcastle where once-raced, Mark Johnston-trained, Snax faces an easy task in a six-runner Maiden Auction Stakes over the straight tapeta mile.
Also at my absolute favourite punting venue Revenge is on a tempting mark in division one of the Nursery Handicap over six furlongs judged on his close third at Kempton last week.
Newbury, 10.50 Foxtrot Lady (nap-e.w)
Newcastle, 3.45 Snax; 7.15 Revenge (e.w)