James Stevens runs us down Thursday’s racing from Newbury and Nottingham.
1:30 Newbury – Rogue
Richard Hannon and Ryan Moore are one of the best combinations in British horse racing and they team up with Rogue in Newbury’s opener. He is the only of the ten runners with racecourse experience which bodes well for him, meaning he may handle all the aspects of going racing a lot better than others. He raced in a much more competitive race on debut, losing out to a well-regarded stable rival in Denaar. He wasn’t that far away, and the extra furlong in trip should benefit him too. He’s bred well, the trainer thinks highly of him and is worthy of a gamble against the very expensive Godolphin newcomer.
2:00 Newbury – Mutakatif
Another in the maiden who will benefit for racecourse experience is Mutakatif. Trained by Charlie Hills, he finished second on his debut at Haydock. He ran a great race that day, picking up well in the closing stages indicating he may be better on his next start. His breeding is top notch, his full-brother Harbour Watch ran three times winning on each run including at group level. He’s another who’ll benefit from racecourse experience and should run a fine race.
3:20 Nottingham – George Bowen
This Richard Fahey sprinter is gradually growing closer to ending a long losing draught, and today looks his best chance in a long time. He’s run well in big handicaps throughout the year, finishing midfield at Ripon and York. He was last seen running a best race in an age when third at Epsom on Derby day, and the handicapper hasn’t adjusted his mark since. He will get his victory one day, and this looks like the right time.
4:30 Nottingham – Ocean Diva
In what looks a very weak race, Ocean Diva is a horse who could have a very exciting future. Trained by the in-form William Haggas he won in good style on debut showing inexperience but hinting some class. He went on to be defeated in handicap company on his next start, but the winner has gone on to win again since. He should be up to winning this.
Thursday Racing Tips
Tip 1 – Rogue to win 1:30 Newbury @ 11/4 – click here for best odds
Tip 2 – Mutakatif to win 2:00 Newbury @ 10/11 – click here for best odds
Tip 3 – George Bowen to win 3:20 Nottingham @ 7/2 – click here for best odds
Tip 4 – Ocean Diva to win 4:30 Nottingham @ 6/4 – click here for best odds