There is something of a lull in the sequence of full-blown Guineas trials this afternoon before the Greenham Stakes card at Newbury on Saturday, although John Gosden has a couple of Classic entries running on the card at the track today: Shutter Speed, in the conditions event at 3.05, and Chessman, the hot favourite for the seven-furlong handicap later on the card.
The latter event is a fascinating contest that revolves around Chessman, a son of Acclamation who took a seven-furlong maiden at Kempton in mid-November on his only previous visit to a track. He did not have much luck in running there and allowed Esprit De Corps, who was a winner next time out, to get a first run. Chessman closed him down impressively in the final furlong, however, and fully deserves to head the market.
Whether he is a genuine 15-8 chance first time up in such a big field of unexposed three-year-olds is another question and Jule In The Crown (4.10) catches the eye at around 10-1 to show the benefit of her debut run at Pontefract this month. Mick Channon’s filly lined up for the National Stakes and the Queen Mary as a two-year-old and ran into a very classy opponent in Brian The Snail last time out. She still got to within two lengths of the winner, though, having briefly struggled to get a run, and is a potential improver stepping up to seven furlongs for the first time.
Raheen House (3.05), fourth home in the Racing Post Trophy last season, is a very plausible alternative to Shutter Speed earlier in the afternoon, while Bowson Fred (4.40) and Rainbow Dreamer (2.30) should also go well on the same card.
The Scottish Grand National meeting at Ayr also gets under way with a valuable and competitive card. Capard King (5.25) returns to hurdling on an attractive mark and could be the answer in the last race on the card, while Winningtry (3.15) should also go well in the stayers’ handicap hurdle. Alcala (3.30) is the obvious bet on a disappointing card at Fontwell Park, while Evil Spell (6.00) offers some value at around 13-2 in the Listed race for fillies at Bath, the feature event on the track’s evening card.
Friday racing tips
Newbury 2.00 Gold Town 2.30 Rainbow Dreamer 3.05 Raheen House 3.40 Fashion Theory 4.10 Jule In The Crown (nap) 4.40 Bowson Fred 5.10 Butterfly Lily 5.40 Poana
Ayr 2.10 Burbank 2.40 Lycidas 3.15 Winningtry 3.50 Calipto 4.20 Nomoreblackjack 4.50 Jessber’s Dream 5.25 Capard King (nb)
Bath 4.55 Mutanaaseq 5.30 Danglydontask 6.00 Evil Spell 6.30 Attain 7.00 Star Of Lombardy 7.30 International Law 8.00 Goodwood Crusader
Southwell 4.45 Cup Final 5.15 Thoonavolla 5.45 Chestnut Ben 6.15 Knocklong 6.45 Back To Balloo 7.15 Sunnytahliateigan 7.45 Colonial Dreams
Fontwell Park 1.50 Shimba Hills 2.20 Southfield Vic 2.55 Pilansberg 3.30 Alcala 4.00 Tactical Manoeuvre 4.30 Lake Chapala 5.05 Wine Women An’Song