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ITV Racing Preview: A Day For The Course Specialists

ITV is giving us an early teaser ahead of the Guineas weekend, with two good cards at Newmarket and Goodwood. It looks like there is going to be some rain around, so it’s going to be important to find horses that like soft ground.

2.25 Newmarket – Endless Victory (Win)

Several of these ran at the Craven meeting a couple of weeks ago, but I am going for Endless Victory. He showed a really game attitude to get up on the line last time out and it looked like he needed every inch of the trip. That form has worked out well, as High Order won for the Gosdens at Southwell earlier in the week. The son of Teofilo does need to improve, but with Charlie Appleby’s yard in good form, he can take another step forward.

3.00 Newmarket – Thunder Ball (Each Way)

Front runners seemed to have an advantage at the Craven meeting and that’s why I am going to side with Thunder Ball. He just loves to make the running. He ran a good race finishing fourth in the Spring Cup at Newbury last month, which was over a 1m. The son of Night Of Thunder now drops back in trip to 7f, which I think will suit. If Alec Voikhansky can get him into a prominent position, he could be hard to peg back.

3.35 Newmarket –  Jeehangeer (Win)

This is a very trappy race, but maybe the outsider Jehangeer could be the answer. He progressed well with every run for Kevin Ryan last year. The pick of his form was a very good third in a Listed race at York, where he finished close behind the Greenham winner, Esquire. That was over 6f, but I think stepping up to 7f here should be no problem. Furthermore, he wouldn’t mind any rain, as he’s proven on soft ground. With Neil Callan booked, I think he can run a big race.

4.10 Newmarket – King Of Conquest (Win)

Despite this race being run over 1m4f there appears to be a lack of stamina on offer. The one who appeals to me is King Of Conquest for Charlie Appleby. He does look to be Godolphin’s second string but his third, behind Hamish in heavy ground over this trip last year, is rock solid. The last time we saw him, he finished fourth in Bahrain, where he probably found the ground too quick. This slower ground should be more in his favour, and I suspect he’ll be there or thereabouts this time around.

1.30 Goodwood – Devil’s Point (Win)

I don’t know how this race made it on to ITV with just there being just three runners lining up. Devil’s Point is the best on ratings with his second in the Group 1 Futurity Trophy Stakes at Doncaster being the best form. The son of New Bay does have to bounce back after a disappointing run in France, but he should take all the beating.

2.40 Goodwood – Brosay (Win)

This isn’t easy, as we’ve got plenty of racecourse debutants running on heavy ground. The one who appeals is Brosay for Irish raider Diego Dias. The last time we saw him, he took a step in the right direction to finish third at Dundalk. He now switches back to the turf, but with him being by Tasleet, there is some hope he’ll be able to handle the tough conditions, and he might be able to put that experience to good use here.

3.15 Goodwood – Spanish Star (Win)

There are plenty of course specialists here, but the race could set up nicely for Spanish Star. He is getting on a bit being a nine-year-old, but I thought he shaped like he needed the run when finishing fourth at Newbury last time out. The key to him is Goodwood and soft ground, which is going to get here. Moreover, he could get a strong pace to aim with Many A Star and Live In The Moment, likely to go forward. The selection is 3lb higher than when he won this race last year, but with the yard hitting top gear, I can see him putting up a bold defence.

3.50 Goodwood – Dream Composer (Win)

Dream Composer is starting to look very well treated, and he is now 5lb lower than when winning this race last year. Conditions should be perfect, and Joe Leavy is booked for the ride. I’ve been impressed with Joe Leavy this winter, and he’s very much an apprentice jockey I want to keep on side. His 5lb claim is valuable asset. With the cheek pieces back on, he’s my strongest bet of the day.

Bet Of The Day: 3.50 Goodwood – Dream Composer (Win)

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