Horse racing betting tips for the day’s best bet at Newmarket on Friday.
The second day of the Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket includes a whole host of competitive Pattern races. One race in particular stands out from a betting point-of-view and our Racing Editor has offered up his best bet of the day.
The standout selection in this year's renewal of the Listed Godolphin Stakes is the Richard Hannon trained WINDSHEAR (6/4 William Hill). This three-year-old has been the epitome of consistency this season having never failed to finish outside of the top four in seven starts. His latest run came in the Group 1 St Leger where the 14 and half furlongs seemed to stretch his stamina, yet he still battled all the way to the line. Prior to that he finished second in two Group 3 contests at the July Course and at Goodwood. The latter effort in particular was impressive given how he failed to secure a clear run to the line and had to be switched late in the race. Nevertheless he finished a close second to the useful Snow Sky and, with experience on undulating tracks, should relish the demands of Newmarket. He seems versatile in terms of the ground and, with a field filled with runners who like to sit up with the pace, he should benefit from the genuine good gallop that the race is likely to be run at.
His closet challengers in the field (on ratings at least) look to have plenty of questions to answer and, as such, do not appeal as solid betting prospects. Despite finishing fifth in this year’s Derby, Red Galileo has since disappointed in lesser events, inkling when finishing some 50 lengths behind the selection at Goodwood. If able to reproduce his best he is an obvious danger but, on recent form, he should struggle to get the better of Windshear. Similarly, on last year’s form Nabucco would be a serious threat, however he has failed to rekindle his progressive nature and looks to be a difficult horse to place. A lover of soft ground he will be attempting 12f for the first time in his career and isn’t guaranteed to benefit from the step-up in trip or the conditions.
The final runner worth mentioning is Flying The Flag who represents Mike De Kock. After notching up an impressive Group 3 win at the Curragh at the end of last season, this horse returned at York in another Group 3 contest over 1m1f. Although he finished fifth he was only beaten two lengths by a progressive horse of David O’Meera and could well progress for that initial outing. The step back up to 12 furlongs should suit and he could well be the main rival Windshear has to overcome.
3.45 – WINDSHEAR (WIN)(NAP) (6/4 William Hill)
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