A much needed uplift in on-track quality at Newbury this afternoon offers us the chance to balance the ledgers for June after a mix of bad luck and bad tips on bad racing has left us a little underwater on the horses.
When we think Newbury, we think the straight mile. And when we think the straight mile, we immediately default to jockey Jamie Spencer.
Spencer is the king of the hold-up ride on a straight course like this. A keen judge of pace, he has the magic habit of switching a horse off and producing it just at the right time.
His ride in the 1m handicap (1540 BST) is the Ed de Giles trained Wind in My Sails. He won in smooth fashion on his only prior run at this course, and after following up at Sandown, has toiled under bigger ratings in stronger races.
Two quiet runs this season do not necessarily augur well, but he has had some relief from the handicapper, and now united with Spencer and back at the scene of his finest career run, he could just be ready to spring back to form at attractive odds.
Favourite Capton has an obvious chance stepping back from 10f to a mile having just failed to make all over that longer trip. He may though just help to set up the race if he again looks to make all. Those tactics are ideal for a waiting rider like Spencer.
Recommendation: Wind In My Sails (1540 Newbury), 0.5pts each way, 14/1 generally available.
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