A Class 5 mile handicap here for three year olds and upwards to start Newmarket’s Friday night card. Read on for our runner by runner preview and expert tip for the race.
IN SUMMARY: Cainhoe Star will be popular here and rightfully so after impressive wins the last twice. He looks ready for a step up in class but is short enough without proving he can cope with it. Richard Guest had winners on Wednesday and Thursday so Bollihope is interesting if they go quick enough in front for him to bring his stamina into play. LAWMAKING was a really smart juvenile, he has struggled a little since but showed more last time. Stepped down into a Class 5 event, he looks insultingly priced at 33/1.
1 LAWMAKING – Only beaten two lengths in the Tattersall Stakes as a juvenile when with Andre Fabre. He was handicapped off the back of that effort when arriving at his current yard, struggling to get competitive. He ran a little better last time in a race not run to suit those who like he, were held up. Dropped in grade again, he might be close to taking advantage and as such represent a spot of value.
2 CAPTON – Ran a huge race when nailed in the last stride at Windsor in April. Stepped down to this trip the next time, he was far too keen to do himself justice but was sent off favourite for a similar level of contest to this. This mark looks workable on the first of those efforts but the form of the Henry Candy yard leaves a little to be desired at present.
3 BILY ROBERTS – Won off a pound lower at Pontefract earlier in the season, disappointing in three runs since. He won off a pound higher last season, so he is certainly well enough treated if he is able to rediscover his form, but was well beaten the twice he ran on the Rowley Mile so has a little to prove over the suitability of the July Course. Entered at Yarmouth on Thursday.
4 MIDNIGHT WHISTLER – Produced a clear career best when scoring at Epsom on his 2017 debut. He arguably had the run of the race that day in a contest where it paid to be handy. This is a quick reappearance which poses a slight concern over his ability to reproduce that effort. Also entered at Yarmouth on Thursday.
5 CAINHOE STAR – Connections have been patient with this four year old, showing very little in three runs in 2016. Given time to mature and having been gelded, he is a different proposition this season, winning the last twice. They were considerably weaker races than the task that faces him now, but such was his superiority at the finish, he looks as if he can cope with the rise in class.
6 BOLLIHOPE – All four wins have come over further than this so he is going to need a strong pace to aim at to make full use of his stamina. He wasn’t beaten far in a similar race to this last time out at Windsor, a track that wouldn’t have played to his strengths as much as Newmarket should. Has been dropped a pound since, now returned to his last winning mark, so has an each way chance for a yard starting to find form.
7 OUD METHA BRIDGE – Broke his maiden tag in smart style at Newcastle in mid March but has been beaten out of sight in a pair of handicaps on turf since. He has been gelded since the last of them which may bring about some improvement, but it is going to need to as his grass form is a long way below what he has shown on artificial surfaces.
8 UBLA – Both wins over this trip on the all weather, yet to hit the frame in five starts on turf. He ran no better than fairly on his first start for this yard at Yarmouth, a run that leaves him with plenty to prove here, despite a mark seven pounds below his latest win.