Timeform’s best bets for Newbury on Saturday
DARK SWAN SONG could be the way forward for the debut of Clive Cox, who won this race 12 months ago with another promising newcomer. Bought for 100,000 guineas as a yearling, Dark Swansong has a speed-oriented pedigree – he is by Dark Angel and a mare who has shown useful form up to six stages. It will be interesting to see if the market speaks for it, especially since those with previous experience in this novice event are just setting a pretty useful standard.
REAL WORLD missed an impressive Hunt Cup winner at Royal Ascot last time around, accelerating into the finals to clinch the four- and three-quarter length booty. It was his first start on turf after running on gravel at Meydan earlier this year and it didn’t seem like there was any coincidence with his performance, setting up a smart display to easily challenge a BHA mark of 94. This form reads very well in this race and it rates a confident selection to follow.
ZEEBAND stepped up his reappearance with a comfortable victory at Newcastle last time around, scoring like a remaining handicapper. He traveled a lot and continued well after being produced to lead over a mile, eventually winning two and a half lengths with a bit in hand. It will be more difficult from a top 8 pound mark, but it remains open to more improvements and is supposed to be up to the challenge for the in-shape Roger Varian yard (77% of horses running to train) .
LYNN OF THE KING ran twice at Royal Ascot and didn’t have much luck each time. He had absolutely no runs when he was seventh in the King’s Stand, while the way things developed at Wokingham later in the week also went against him, doing well to be beaten unless a length of third place after being hampered on a wake. Clearly a smart sprinter in his day, King’s Lynn should prove to be in a good position to win in the company of bosses when all goes well. It seems like a perfect opportunity for him to make the breakthrough.
CHIPOTLE showed better form to return to the winning streak in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot last time around, coming last to first to clinch the booty by two and a quarter lengths decisively. Beaten only once in four starts, when the soft terrain was a plausible excuse, Chipotle looks like a smart two-year-old in the making and is keen to snag that precious prize before testing the waters in the company of bosses. .
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DECLARED INTEREST set a career record when she was fourth in her last outing in the Kensington Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, doing well to be beaten just a length after being forced to take her challenge from further than ideal in a regular run. This is a weaker race and she weighs just 1 pound heavier, so there are plenty of reasons to be positive about her outlook as she strives for a fourth career victory.
PRINCESS NADIA stepped up her debut with a solid second at Haydock last month, appearing to be the most likely winner for a long time before being closely exhausted by Mandoob, who gave form a boost when he finished second in of his next start in the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket. There doesn’t seem to be anything of that caliber in opposition here, so Princess Nadia is weighing a solid bet to get rid of her first tag, with further progress also not out of the question after just two starts.
GRILLING FOXTROT took a big step forward to make his handicap debut on this course four weeks ago, showing plenty of speed despite his pedigree endurance, eventually winning by a neck after slowing down slightly in front. Still unexposed and likely to be just as effective, now going back to seven stages, he’s supposed to challenge a 3-pound top grade to keep up.
Summary of bets
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