Horse racing betting tips for the 4.15pm Lloyds Bank Commercial Handicap at Newmarket on Friday.
Newmarket hosts a two-day meeting to bring the month of May to a close. Run over the July Course, this offers the perfect opportunity for trainers to test their horses at the track before the July Meeting. The Lloyds Bank Commercial Handicap is one of two Class 3 races on the card. It is run over 1m2f for three year-olds, and seven head to post.
John Gosden's Cloudscape (11/4 Coral) is a winner over both course and distance, staying on strongly when doing so. Last season he looked a smart prospect on his only start, an impression he maintained on his seasonal return. He failed to do himself justice last time out at the beginning of the month, but he can be forgiven for one bad run. He took a keen hold that day and, if able to settle better on this occasion, he can't be discounted.
Godolphin has two runners in the race, and both have a lot to offer. The Charlie Appleby trained DEVILMENT (9/2 Ladbrokes) has a steady record of improvement. After a sixth month lay-off he came out an impressive winner at the beginning of the month at Lingfield over 1m3f. This is a step back up in trip, which is a positive, as is his form on soft ground. Appleby consistently places his horses well, and he looks to have found a good opportunity for Devilment.
The other Godolphin runner, Famous Kid (9/2 SkyBet), is trained by Saeed Bin Suroor. The Darley bred three year-old looks sure to appreciate the step up in trip and, now that he is handicapping, he looks like has more to offer. With only the two starts under his belt he is less exposed than some of his rivals and his win last time out on soft ground looks promising, he most definitely has more to offer.
Of the others, Sir Michael Stoute’s Top Tug (6/1 William Hill) has been beaten in two handicaps since winning his maiden on Lingfield’s all-weather beating Jamie Osbourne’s Toast Of New York over 1m. Last time out he didn’t quite get 1m2f so needs to improve on this easier surface. Despite handling ground with cut, Stormardal (12/1 Coral) might find this race a bit too competitive. Barye (9/2 William Hill) did well to get up on the line over this distance at Lingfield on the all-weather to win his maiden. He looks progressive and has more to offer.
There isn’t much to split the two Godolphin runners, and John Gosden’s Cloudscape. Famous Kid looks to have plenty of potential but given his inexperience over this trip, he may be best watched here. Last season Cloudscape looked the real deal, but was unable to show it last time out, unlike DEVILMENT, who’s victory on his latest start showed real promise. The going won’t be a problem, and neither with the course nor the distance. Will a lot of boxes ticked Devilment looks the worthwhile bet.
DEVILMENT (WIN) (9/2 Ladbrokes)
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