2.15pm Newmarket Tips & Betting Preview 15/08/2015

Race Time2.15pm MeetingNewmarket Distance: 6f
Full Race NameBetway Grey Horse Handicap (for Grey Horses Only) Class Four

One of those comedy races to be honest, framed to amuse the watching public and all good if it attracts more people to the sport we love, but not necessarily the easiest to predict from a punting perspective. As you can never be certain in such events which owners are looking for prize money and which are there for part of the fun, it makes good sense to look for horses in decent recent form added to distance and course winners where possible, starting in our book with the bang in form Honcho, a winner last time out at Newmarket over this six furlong trip, all be it by only a head from Justice First. He did show plenty of courage that day needing to regain the lead and fend off all challengers to get to the line at the head of affairs but a weight rise of five pounds and a step up in class won’t make his life as easy today, though we can be positive that if he gets to the front he won’t go down without a fight! Trainer Jeremy Gask won the race in 2013 with Crew Cut and will be looking for a repeat with Trending who looked as good as ever when runner up to Picansort at Brighton last time out a week or so ago. Nicky Mackay is currently booked to ride and will be sitting on him for the first time in public, but sometimes that can be a good thing and we will be watching his place in the betting market very carefully come race day morning.

Although three year olds do not have a great record in this race (one winner in the last ten years), we are intrigued by the entry of the Jeremy Noseda trained Hope And Faith who will be making her “all grey” bow here after three races. A win first time out at Doncaster saw her given a harsh rating of 80 for her handicap at Haydock when well beaten behind Scalzo on a softer surface before heading to Windsor when she ran a bit better when three and a half lengths fifth to Stellarta under top jockey James Doyle. Put down a pound she has at least got more room for improvement than most of these and could run in to a place at a decent price. Crew Cut, who won the race last year, returns to defend his crown though this time he is in training with Stuart Williams and is due to be ridden by Adam Kirby. He won last time out over course and distance a month or so ago, and has been put up five pounds for that victory but we do know he likes it here and is actually running off a mark two pounds lower in 2015 than 2014,  meaning he sits very high on our early list of most likely winners. Lastly, Rylee Mooch is a horse we have followed for some years now, and he invariably wins a race or two at big prices whenever we fail to back him! Trained by Richard Guest the seven year old has won a total of seven races from eighty-seven starts which is a pretty poor strike rate but at odds of 9/2, 10/3, 7/1, 7/2, 8/1, 25/1, and 7/2 numbs the pain for his followers a little and as he has dropped slowly down to a rating of 75 (he has won off of 74), he is not entirely out of this for those looking for an each way option at a price.

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