Varian can continue hot streak in north east
15:20 Newcastle - Back Bayroot @ 8.07/1
The recent three-day Craven meeting was a joy to watch at Newmarket, especially when delving deeper into some of the great owner breeders bloodlines that can unearth potential stars of the future.
Whether we got that in terms of the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas I am not sure, but one thing that came out of the HQ fixture was the form of the Roger Varian yard. It was also a good week for my fellow Bets Of The Day colleague Alan Thompson with two winners on the opening day.
Varian's team are clearly well-forward, with no less than four winning on reappearance. Throw in for good measure a success at Wolverhampton with a horse off a small break, it means I am sticking with the trainer and Andrea Atzeni in Newcastle's 15:20.
Bayroot is the horse, and he looked a very good prospect when winning a Novice at Kempton. He stayed on well to come from off the pace in that race and he gave the impression he'll suit a trip. The step up to 1m here at a stiff track such as Newcastle should play to his strengths, and there is a lot of stamina on the dam side.
It's a hot Listed race for three-year-olds, with Magic J and Daarik both holding 2,000 Guineas entries, but the price of 13/2 with Bayroot makes him worth the play out of such a hot yard. This is also a PROMO race if you are using the Sportsbook.
Back Buzz to cut down his rivals in decent handicap
15:55 Newcastle - Back Buzz @ 8.07/1
Whilst Lingfield has its day in the sun, I am sticking with Newcastle and another quality race with a 1m4f handicap. It really is a tremendous card in the north east.
Buzz was an extremely progressive horse last season winning three handicaps, and he rates the bet here, again at a decent price of 13/2 on the Sportsbook (this is also a PROMO race).
He won three pots in 2018 from marks of 83, 88 and 93, and he landed a 0-105 at Newbury in soft conditions, with stamina his strong point. Indeed, his trainer Hughie Morrison (pictured below) even mentioned him as a potential Ebor horse.
I like the angle of him returning to the all-weather here, as his record is 1112. All of those have been at Kempton, so he'll be switching to a new surface, but there's no reason why he shouldn't act on the Tapeta. Certainly the stiff finish should suit.
Morrison is another trainer in form, and I am hoping this horse is fit enough for his first run of the season. He does get outpaced in his races, so he does have the potential to trade higher if you are playing in-running.