Paul Ferguson goes for Beauty Parlour – 3.00 Newmarket, No No Charlie (4.30) and Spirit of Shankly (5.05), on Saturday. Compare odds and bet.
Newmarket stages a cracking card on Cambridgeshire day, with good-looking renewals of the Royal Lodge and Cheveley Park Stakes kicking off the action and backing up the feature handicap.
The Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes isn’t bad either and that’s where the day’s selection from HQ comes, in the shape of Beauty Parlour (3:00) who can make a winning British debut for Sir Henry Cecil.
An impressive winner of the French 1,000 Guineas (beat Up who re-opposes today) the Deep Impact filly hit the front looking all over the winner in the Prix De Diane last time, only to be out-gunned by the ill-fated Valyra late on.
The drop back in trip is, therefore, no inconvenience here and she arrives here a fresh filly, at a time of year when many can by over the top (been given plenty of time to acclimatise to her new surroundings). The selection was trading at 9/4 with Hills overnight.
The jumps season ‘proper’ is just around the corner now and, with the rain all over the country, things should get up and running pretty quickly. Indeed, Rebecca Curtis saddled a smart novice chase prospect to win yesterday in the shape of Peckhamecho and today she unleashes The Romford Pele over hurdles at Market Rasen.
Having finished seventh in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham when last seen in March, the five-year-old is likely to be a warm order, but maybe worth taking on today with No No Charlie (4:30) who could have more speed and find today’s conditions more to his liking.
Charlie Longsdon’s son of Croco Rouge has plenty of pace (won a 1m6f bumper last time) while The Romford Pele did nothing but stay on at Cheltenham, indicating that he may well need a trip over hurdles.
The selection had earlier shaped with plenty of promise and travelled well through his races; this track on decent ground should suit and, at the likely prices, he is worth chancing.
Longsdon landed the bumper last year with Magnifique Etoile and he can repeat the trick today with the exciting Sprit Of Shankly (5:05). The four-year-old met trouble in running in an all-weather bumper on debut in February, before getting off the mark at Stratford in taking fashion.
The son of Sulamani quickened up in the manner of a smart prospect that day and, again, he ought to be suited by today’s conditions (good ground on a track such as this).
It’s never easy for a four-year-old to defy a penalty in a bumper, but the smart Kielan Woods takes off 5lbs and this could be a smart individual (was being aimed at the Aintree bumper at one stage last spring).
Of the newcomers John Ferguson’s Zarafshan catches the eye, but he would have to be pretty smart to lower the colours of Spirit Of Shankly on debut.
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Last Year’s Book Results – Leading Prospects:
- SPRINTER SACRE – Unbeaten – winner at Aintree & Cheltenham
- SIMONSIG – Winner at Aintree & Cheltenham
- CINDERS AND ASHES – 10/1 winner of Supreme Novices Hurdle
- BOBS WORTH – 9/2 winner of the RSA Chase
- MENORAH & SILVINIACO CONTI – Both Aintree Winners
- SIR DES CHAMPS – Unbeaten inc 3/1 Jewson Cheltenham Winner
- FINGAL BAY – Won 4 times inc Challow Hurdle
- RAYA STAR – 10/3 winner at Wetherby, 12/1 Ladbroke Hurdle winner, 15/2 Scottish Champion Hurdle winner
- AMBION WOOD – 14/1 EBF Final Sandown winner
- CHAMPION COURT – 6/1 G2 Dipper Novices Chase winner
- PALACE JESTER – 14/1 winner at FFos Las
- SWINCOMBE FLAME – Hat-trick winner inc Lanzarote Hurdle at 9/2
- TEAFOR THREE – 5/1 NH Cheltenham Chase winner (Manifesto Novices’ Chase)