4.00pm Newbury Tips & Betting Preview 22/09/2017

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Cup Stakes tips for Friday’s Listed race, raced over the seven furlong distance with some useful types on show. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.

IN SUMMARY: Upped to seven furlongs on his latest start, the way that DREAM OF DREAMS quickened clear was highly impressive and he could be too good for this field for the in-form Sir Michael Stoute team. He remains completely unexposed and if improving again under Ryan Moore he should simply blast away from this field on his way to better things. The main danger is Second Thought who was brushed aside by Harry Angel on his latest start, but he’s been given time to rest and is a live danger.

1 TABARRAK – Sets the standard on ratings for Richard Hannon, winning a Listed race at Ascot in May and he was only narrowly denied in a Group 3 at Salisbury last month. He has a penalty to defy here, but he does bring the best form into the race and the better ground will suit him fine. A drop back to seven furlongs will be no problem either and, with Jim Crowley on board, he’s a key player for Hamdan Al Maktoum.

2 TUPI – Inconsistent sort for Richard Hannon who’s very difficult to catch right. He proved that when running a brilliant race to finish third in the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Group 1) out in France in early August, only to finish well held in a Listed race at Newmarket three weeks later. If back to the best of his form he would be a big contender with conditions to suit; however, that’s far from guaranteed and there’s a big risk with him.

3 KOROPICK – Won a Group 3 at Newcastle back in July for Hugo Palmer, but that was at the six furlong distance and he’s been well held since for connections. He looked badly one paced when seventh at the Curragh on his latest start and he needs to prove his stamina for this distance, with his only attempt at the seven resulting in him fading. He has a five pound penalty thanks to his Group 3 win and it’s not hard to look elsewhere.

4 GEORGE WILLIAM – Tends to run his race, but he’s been well beaten the last twice for Richard Hannon and that is worrying. He dropped out tamely when ridden at Sandown in July and he has plenty to prove now after a 76 day break. He now has his first taste of Listed company and, with some very useful rivals in this race, he’s likely to be out-classed here unless he returns with significant improvement.

5 ACCIDENTAL AGENT – Three wins from seven starts for this Eve Johnson Houghton trained colt who gained that third success when comfortably winning a handicap at Kempton on his latest start. He now takes a massive step up in class and will need to improve markedly on that latest performance if he’s to be threatening here under Charles Bishop. He has the ground in his favour, yet he’s unlikely to be good enough to win this.

6 DREAM OF DREAMS – Upped to seven furlongs for the first time on Saturday and it paid dividends as he shot to a five length success at Lingfield, looking impressive in the way he quickened clear. He’s now pitched into a much tougher race but he’s completely unexposed and Ryan Moore takes over the ride. There is likely much better to come from him and he can take this on his way to potentially better things.

7 SECOND THOUGHT – Completed a four-timer when winning the 3 Year Old All-Weather Championship at Lingfield on Good Friday, far from disgraced on his latest start to finish second to Harry Angel in the Sandy Lane Stakes back in May. This is obviously much easier and he’s been given a 118 day break, with the return to seven furlongs a big plus. He goes fine on turf and, with Haggas’s string still going well, he’s a live each way contender.

8 GOLDEN STUNNER – Front-runner for Ralph Beckett who has gone close a number of times this season, only collared on the line at York in a Listed race back in June. She can be forgiven her latest start at Ascot as she didn’t lead – which clearly didn’t suit – and she has a good opportunity for a soft lead here. On the best of her form she has a big chance here with conditions to suit and she’s another to consider for each way terms at the least.

9 BELLE MEADE – Rated 21lb inferior to the top rated Tabarrak and this Andrew Balding trained filly looks completely out of her depth in this race against some useful rivals. She has failed to convince in three starts at this distance, well beaten in a conditions race at Chelmsford on her latest appearance when never troubling the principals. Others are readily preferred as she simply doesn’t look good enough here.

10 EARTHA KITT – Has placed in Listed company the last twice for Tom Dascombe, but those fields were much weaker than this race and she looks up against it. She was running on very strongly only to go down by a head at Pontefract on her latest start over the six and she’s worth a crack at this distance, but her previous effort didn’t convince us of her stamina. Conditions will suit and connections remain in good form, but she should miss out here.

11 PRINCESS DE LUNE – Bought for 300,000gns as a yearling by Kaniz Bloodstock Investments and this daughter of Shamardal made her debut over course and distance in April. She showed a huge amount of promise when drawing clear despite hanging left, winning by four lengths at her leisure. The form of that newcomer’s event hasn’t worked out badly and she’s the dark horse in this race, completely unexposed for Roger Charlton. Interesting if the market speaks in her favour and she’s one to consider despite the fact she’s been off for 154 days.

12 URBAN FOX – Finished second in a course and distance Group 3 back in April for James Tate, but she has not improved since for connections and looks vulnerable here. She was well held on her latest start at Sandown, gradually weakening away when the leaders went for home. She needs to improve to feature here as she comes up against some in-form, improving rivals. More than likely to miss out today.

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