Alan Dudman returns to the tipping chair and he's hoping for a winning start to the week at Newmarket on Friday...
"She was pitched into a couple of better races and had excuses in both. The ground was too soft in a Group 3 at the Curragh, and she was hampered there. Spy Ring also met trouble in her second outing at Naas in a Listed contest."
Back Spy Ring @ 9.08/1 in the 15:00 at Newmarket
This looks a fairly warm race, and the 'sexy' horse here is Roger Varian's Wadigor - who makes his first start in a handicap from a mark of 81 following success in a Wolverhampton maiden. He's short enough though at around 9/4.
I prefer the bigger price of Ralph Beckett's Charismatic Man, who makes his second start for the yard. His first run for Beckett was at Chelmsford a month ago - and it was a perfectly pleasing comeback after nearly a year off the track (and his gelding operation). He was previously with French trainer Alain De Royer-Dupre for a couple of outings.
The 3yo never landed in a blow from off the pace at the Essex course, and he made a slight move 2f out which came to nothing. The winner received a decent ride out in front, and the form of that Chelmsford maiden has worked out well. The second and third have won since, and the sixth has also ran well.
He's a really well-bred horse with a proper 1m4f pedigree, and as a relation to a French Derby winner, he has a fairly attractive mark of 72. Plus a big weight advantage against his elders.
The price of 14/1 was available overnight, and he'll be of obvious interest in the place market too.
15:00 Newmarket - The secret's out with Spy Ring
For me, some of the Group/Listed races for fillies can be wide open - especially the juvenile ones. Friday's Listed Bosra Sham Stakes is a perfect example with a 12lb spread from the top to the bottom on official ratings. Whilst the market is nearly a '4/1 the field' race.
I really like Michael O'Callaghan's Spy Ring here, and I think she's a massive price at 9.08/1.
She looked a really good prospect (and a fast one), when winning her Cork maiden in May, and that was a decent enough affair. She was pitched into a couple of better races afterwards and had excuses in both. The ground was too soft in a Group 3 at the Curragh, and she was hampered there. She also met trouble in her second outing at Naas in a Listed contest.
The daughter of Bushranger has reportedly enjoyed something of a growth spurt over the summer, so it was good to see her back recently at Naas in quite a valuable nursery over 6f. That was her first run since June and she travelled well for a long way in heavy ground. She'll definitely suit a quicker surface - and looking at the forecast for Newmarket - she will get it.
With a bit of fitness on her side and better ground, Spy Ring is well up to this sort of level for jockey Oisin Murphy.
Friday's Recommended Bets
Back Charismatic Man 0.5pt @ 10/1 Sportsbook price in the 14:25 at Newmarket
Back Spy Ring 0.5pt @ 9.08/1 in the 15:00 at Newmarket
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