AFTER last weekend’s feast of top class racing, you can’t exactly call this one a famine, although it certainly isn’t the highest quality.
The fact that the best race in Britain is tomorrow’s Group Three Hackwood Stakes (3.00pm) tells you all you need to know, but there are still bets to be had.
Equilateral has been well supported this week, just like he was ahead of the Commonwealth Cup, and he looks like going off favourite.
It’s easy to see why, as he demolished Foxtrot Lady by eight lengths at Doncaster in May when conceding 12lbs to her.
Andrew Balding’s filly has since won three handicaps, including a competitive six furlong event at Newmarket last week, and has climbed a massive 22lbs in the weights.
The problem for punters is that Charlie Hills’ son of Equiano disappointed at Ascot, while the yard have been struggling for form.
He could be very good in time, but the Commonwealth Cup form hasn’t stood up so far and PROJECTION looks a much safer proposition at 7/2 with Coral.
Admittedly, Roger Charlton’s five-year- old doesn’t find winning that easy, although he’s been set some pretty tough assignments recently.
His three starts this term have seen him finish third to Brando at Newmarket, third to The Tin Man at Windsor and he was then beaten just 2¼ lengths into fifth in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He deserves to get his head in front and I think he will do exactly that tomorrow.
Earlier on the card is the inaugural running of the £100,000 JLT Cup (2.25pm), providing a further boost to the programme for staying handicappers.
I’m interested in the claims of Owen Burrows’ QULOOB at 6/1 with Ladbrokes, who is stepping up to two miles plus for the first time
The son of New Approach won three of his four starts last season and ran an eyecatching race behind Amazing Red over 1m6f at Newmarket on his seasonal reappearance.
The yard had two big winners last Saturday and I expect Burrows to be celebrating again tomorrow as this extra distance looks certain to suit.
Market Rasen stages its biggest fixture of the year and I will be backing ARTFUL ARTIST at 7/1 with Ladbrokes for the in-form Dr Richard Newland team in the Summer Handicap Hurdle (2.05pm).
Newland could run three in the race, but Sam Twiston-Davies has been booked and the nine-year-old showed his well-being when bolting up at Southwell last time on his second start for his new yard.
Artful Artist e/w 2.05pm Market Rasen
Quloob e/w 2.25pm Newbury
Projection 3.00pm Newbury