The second day of the July meeting offers more quality racing at Newmarket, although still warming up for the big day on Saturday.
Today’s opener is the consolation race for those that didn’t make the Bunbury Handicap on Saturday. The determination is based on the weights for the big race – we have long complained that it should be on ratings not weights. With the weight for age allowance for 3yos (11 lbs) it is almost impossible for 3yos to make these big handicaps based on racing weight, even when they are handicap rated as one of the best horses in the race.
Such a fate has befallen Parfait. He is rated 107, and 7 of those came virtue of finishing a good 4th in a Group 3 at Royal Ascot, and hasn’t been accounted for in these weights. He gets to run off 100, being effectively 89 after age allowance, and hence he finds himself in division 2.
This could be a steering job for top jockey William Buick as this horse continues his midseason streak of improvement.
Buick can double up in the following race when he gets the leg up on Mark Johnston’s filly, Nyaleti. She was an excellent 2nd in what looked like a good quality Chesham stakes at Royal Ascot, and in what the market has framed as a head-to-head, she can show that form to be better than Aidan O’Brien’s Clemmie, who was 7th in the Albany at the Royal Meeting.
Sticking with Buick could be the order of the day.
Recommendation: Parfait (1350 Newmarket) & Nyaleti (1425 Newmarket), 1pt win double, approx. 10/1.
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