We will leave the boggy ground at York alone today after two days of frustration were capped off by Graceland being run down inside the last furlong when looking a winner yesterday.
We’ll take a big trip south to an interesting meeting at Newbury. Many eyes will be on the superbly bred son of Frankel, Westerland making his debut at 1400. He looks likely to win here, and is a shade of odds-on to do so, in advance of a trip to Royal Ascot for the Coventry Stakes (you heard it here first).
For a bet, we will be patient and wait for the closing 10f handicap (1720 BST). Former champion jockey Richard Hughes has made a good start to his training career and looks to have found a great opportunity for Bluff Crag.
This horse was a game winner over this course on soft ground last summer. His rating now is similar, and with conditions to match he must have an excellent chance.
As an apprentice handicap, many of these are in inexperienced hands. Finlay Marsh gets the leg-up from Hughes. He is a decent and promising youngster, and Hughes is not long retired from the saddle and is likely to be a strong judge of riding skills.
Recommendation: Bluff Crag, (1720 Newbury), 7/2 generally available
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