Timeform’s 8 best bets at Newbury on Saturday
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DUBA POET was an expensive yearling and was doing a lot of work when he finished fourth in a maiden on course and distance last month, and this race is starting to work. He looks sure to be doing better now with that experience under his belt and, provided none of the newcomers are above average, he should take all the hits.
PAXOS won back-to-back all-weather handicaps earlier this year, including course and distance success, and better not judge him too harshly during his run at Windsor last month – where he was caught off guard throughout.
As a result, he was also stuck on the wing in the straight, which was not in his favor, and it was his first start in 10 weeks, so he has the right to undress. It stays on a high note, so gets the vote ahead of the consistent Ivathe engine and free firepower.
THAT’S WONDERFUL is booming right now, rightly picking up winning lanes in a handicap at Ascot last month and following in style at the listed company in Beverley last time around. It was arguably the best effort of his career, and he deserves to regain his place in the boss company.
Certainly, this promises to be an open renewal of this Group 3, however it is marginally preferred to the recent winner of Doncaster Khaadem, very little exposed on this trip.
It is very difficult to see beyond the claims of AL EASY, who has been necked in second place in his last two starts despite moving as the winner each time. He is now back on the scene of his two impressive Group 3 wins earlier in the season, and he could prove too classy for these rivals. Foxes Tales, a progressive three-year-old who won at this level at Haydock last time around, may pose the biggest threat.
It’s a fascinating handicap, but it’s hard to ignore the ARAMAIC – who looked like a colt who was doing really well when he scored easily on his handicap debut at York earlier this month. He seemed to have been left lightly by the handicapper and he duly proved to be the case, quickly moving away as he entered the last stadium and kept up to his job in the final stages.
He may have a higher pace to aim for here, which will bring even more improvements, and he’s very keen on completing a hat-trick before increasing his goals further. King Leonidas has an absence to overcome, but remains with a lot of potential and is the most feared for the Gosden team.
GUBBASS had a promising start to his career, winning his first two starts before improving in loss in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and the Prix Morny at Deauville the last two times. That form sets a good standard here and, with more progress on the cards after just four starts, it looks at the call percentage in an open renewal of the Mill Reef Stakes.
Gis A Sub is well respected after an excellent second place in the Gimcrack Stakes in York, as is Dhabab, who could have a better performance in the returned locker at 6 stadiums.
KOY KOY produced a promising first effort at Salisbury last month and showed better form to finish second behind a Gosden hot pot at Ascot last time around. He couldn’t accelerate to the same knot rate as this rival, but stayed well on the line and should have more to offer.
He sets the standard for fitness and has the chance to get better. Dream By Day recently debuted with a lot of promise and seems like a sure-fire enhancer.
Lots of chances, but GOLD RING appears to be a firmly rising three-year-old and he earned his third win of the year after apparently being well-suited by the increase in travel when he scored at Newmarket three weeks ago. Fox Vardy has probably had his problems, but he’s the most fearful provided he’s ready to ride after a year off track, ahead of Whitehaven and Praiano.
13:10 Dubai poet
14:15 That’s wonderful
14:50 Al Aasy
16:35 Koy Koy
17:05 Gold Ring
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