Race Time: 3.45pm Meeting: Newmarket Distance: 6f
Full Race Name: Betfred Mobile (Heritage Handicap)
A really classy handicap to end the Channel 4 racing this afternoon and we have narrowed it down to just the five to at least look in to while we define our betting strategy. Once again it looks to us as if the Ryan Moore factor has taken over with regard to the Charlie Hills trained Magical Memory (6/1) who seems too short in the betting to us with so many potential improvers in the field. He was a good third to Twilight Son (who sadly misses this race) at Ascot when last seen, but has been put up by the handicapper and may not find life quite so easy today despite jockey bookings.
Mullionheir (9/1) is another who may or may not have finally been caught by the handicapper, but hats off to trainer John Best regardless. Four wins in his last five races, with his only defeat when overreaching for seven furlongs at Goodwood, have seen his rating rise by a massive thirty-five pounds by the time he takes to the track today, and as he is yet to win any race ever above a Class Four, it will be the performance of the year if he can take a Class Two off a rating of 90. Those looking for an outsider could do a lot worse than the Ann Duffield trained George Dryden (20/1) who looked to be getting back to his very best when runner up to Russian Heroine at Ripon last time out. This is a pretty rare southern raiding party for the yard to be honest (four runners in the last five years here!), and although he is no good thing, he may well place at a massive price today and could even get his trainer off the mark at the track in recent years with William Buick an eye catching jockey booking to add to the mystery surrounding the grey colt.
Squats (14/1) has a nice simple name which is easy to type lol, and is rumoured to be a lot better than we have seen to date this season. Trained by the ever shrewd William Haggas, he hasn’t even looked like bothering the judge in five races so far in 2015, yet he still jumps off the page as one who will win a decent race at a big price and again, he joins us on the each way list and may well run in to a place if they can get him going early enough in the race.
Valley Of Fire (12/1) also represents the stable as well and he is another who may have got in under the handicappers radar. A win first time out at York suggested he could be half decent but something went wrong on his last appearance when he was stone cold last to Maftool at Newmarket and he hasn’t been seen since. Clearly he goes well fresh, and he could yet prove to be better than a handicapper in which case his rating of 95 may be pretty generous, and we suggest we all watch the early betting markets for this one very carefully!