A bumper sixty five races in the UK & Ireland throughout today and there a few wagers worth considering.

It’s Ladies’ Day at Newbury and Betfred sponsor the entire card……. except for the 1.50 and this is where the first bet lies. Red Mist was well touted and well backed ahead of his debut at Sandown and despite being headed he rallied to get up in the dying strides and claim success. He has some big entries later in the year and is worth a bet to remain unbeaten at the likely prices. He is by Frankel and the least exposed in the field.

In the very next race at Newbury I’m taking Defoe to continue his upward curve and improve past the frustrating Frontiersman in receipt of a handy 7lb. His namesake is used to scoring in the Premier League and this fellow could be heading towards the top as success here will put him right in the picture for the St Leger at Doncaster next month. His win at Hamilton in the Glasgow Stakes last time was franked when Frankuus scored at Haydock last Saturday and the fourth horse home has also won since. Defoe won at Newbury on seasonal debut and is one of the most progressive three-year-olds in the country at present.

There are a couple of horses I like in Yorkshire this afternoon, starting in the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon (3.15). Shanghai Glory was desperately unlucky at Goodwood in the Stewards’ Cup a fortnight ago when hampered before running on to be fifth, beaten less than two lengths. His mark remains unchanged here and Jamie Spencer takes over the reins. He’ll appreciate any easing of the ground and so long as he has the best of the draw he should be bang there at the business end.

Remaining in God’s county but moving south to Doncaster, Barwell can complete the hat-trick in the 4.45 contest. His win at Haydock last time has been advertised with the runner-up winning and finishing second twice since while two others further back have come out and won also. He has gone up 8lb but looked to be improving rapidly. He has missed a couple of engagements recently but it appears Michael Dods was waiting for the best opportunity and the ground. I am taking Barwell to improve past his competition and prove he is still ahead of the handicapper.

The final bet of the day is from HQ as Syrian Pearl looks to claim the ‘Grey’ race again. She will compete of an identical mark as when successful twelve months ago and although she hasn’t shown much yet this season, a combination of a return to Newmarket, the handicapper relenting and Harry Bentley in the plate can see her in the thick of the action. She should also appreciate a stronger pace than has been the case in her last two starts.

 

Selections

Red Mist (1.50 Newbury) – 1pt win @ 4/1

Defoe (2.25 Newbury) – 3pts win @ 7/4

Shanghai Glory (3.15 Ripon) – 2pts E/W @ 9/1

Barwell (4.45 Doncaster) – 1pt win

Syrian Pearl (2.10 Newmarket) – 1pt E/W @ 5/1

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