Saturday 9th July 2022
Author: Jordan Yates (EvRacing_)
I’ll be having another three punts on the concluding day of the July Meeting at Newmarket on Saturday and the first of these comes up at 2:40 which is a Class 2 Handicap over a mile. I like the chances of Laasudood here who’s a 4/1 chance for the team of Richard Hannon and the eye-catching mount of Christophe Soumillon. Sporting the famous Shadwell silks, he’s a progressive three-year-old colt by War Front who was last seen when staying on strongly to win a Doncaster handicap earlier last month. It’s likely that the ceiling of his ability has yet to be found and he’s got every chance of posting another solid effort in this assignment.
The 3:15 is where my next selection comes from and that’s the Group 2 Superlative Stakes that’s contested over a distance of seven furlongs. This looks to be all about Victory Dance who currently heads the betting at a best price of 13/8 for the all-conquering duo of Charlie Appleby and William Buick. Appleby has a staggering record in this race, having won four of the last six renewals with Boynton (2016), Quorto (2018), Master Of The Seas (2020), and most recently Native Trail last year. His representive this year is a 700,000gns purchase who won his only start to date over course and distance last month when he stayed on strongly to get up close home, it remains to be seen how strong the form of that race actually is but it’s likely that this could be another Dubawi colt that’s straight out of the top-drawer.
Concluding the July Meeting for me will be the 3:50 which is a Heritage Handicap that’s also to be ridden over seven furlongs. We’re set to have a maximum field of twenty runners here and you could probably make a case for all twenty, I have taken a chance on one though and that’s Jumby at 15/2 for Eve Johnson Houghton and it’s another ride for Christophe Soumillon. He’s no stranger to success at Newmarket having won a handicap here at the back-end of last season and will contest this particular contest off just a pound higher mark. He was last seen when posting a top-effort in the Wokingham at Ascot when finishing third of eighteen behind Rohaan, he’ll contest this off the same mark and if turning up in the same form as he was last time he has to be considered a serious player.