A busy Saturday includes racing from one of our favourite tracks, Newbury.
The Berkshire course is famous for staging the Hennessy, the Lockinge, and my stag do, where a tipping challenge looked likely to leave me not so much in my wedding suit as my birthday suit, until bailed out by 1 in the last race.
Newbury’s last race won’t carry the same threat this time, which will be a relief for all concerned. That said it can once again prove a vital source of winners.
Sir Michael Stoute saddles El Hayem. He ran a huge race over this course first time out in a very hot race, promising a lot more.
We were on him next time at Chester when a slow start and a blocked run saw him finish a decent second. Back over this course we expect him to make amends.
Over at Thirsk, the 5f sprint may be highly impacted by the draw. Very high numbers usually do best, but on today’s soft ground that bias can reverse.
The wonderfully named Naggers started the season with a great effort, suggesting he can extend the quality of his closing runs last year.
Soft ground will hold no fears for Naggers and he can take advantage of a low draw and power home en route to better things.
Naggers, (1555 Thirsk), 4/1 generally available.
El Hayem (1710 Newbury, 4/1, Sky Bet
Naggers & El Hayek, win double.
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