Bets Of The Day: Make it a Classic afternoon with Talaayeb at Newmarket

Can Talaayeb follow in the footsteps of 1,000 Guineas winner Ghanaati?
Can Talaayeb follow in the footsteps of 1,000 Guineas winner Ghanaati?

It's 1,000 Guineas Day at Newmarket, and Bets Of The Day goes in search of Classic success with Alan Dudman - who has two win selections for the afternoon...


"Her trainer Owen Burrows knows what it takes to handle a Classic contender; he saddled Massaat to finish second in the 2,000 last term."

Back Talaayeb @ 14/1 Sportsbook price in the 15:35 at Newmarket

14:55 Newmarket - Mosse to start partnership with Mr Lupton with a bang


I fancied Mr Lupton to run a big race in last season's Group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury, and I tipped him in this column. He never got involved in that, but despite that rather big blip, he enjoyed a decent three-year-old season in 2016.

He kept high-class company and ran in the Champions' Sprint at Ascot, and was a touch unfortunate in the Group 1 at Haydock. He was in no way unlucky in terms of winning, but he received a bump early in the contest and still finished fifth - just five lengths behind Quiet Reflection.

Maybe he isn't quite a Group horse, but he certainly has a big handicap in him considering his class, and he runs off 107 today - so he'll have to produce an ultra-smart performance.

Trained by Richard Fahey, he is fit for his seasonal reappearance following Bath last time out. That wasn't a bad run, in fact it was a blinder. He was trying to give the 110-rated Muthmir 4lb which proved impossible. Muthmir is a classy Group 2 winner.

His long raking stride should be tailor-made for Newmarket, and he did win a nice handicap last term at York. He usually gets delivered late - although crack French veteran Gerald Mosse takes over with the ride from regular jockey Jamie Spencer.


15:35 Newmarket - Owen the man to surprise with Talaayeb


A large chunk of the 1,000 Guineas field hold plenty of experience from last season, and if you side with that juvenile form, you have got to deal with the Fillies' Mile one-two in Rhododendron and Hydrangea. Also throw into the mix Urban Fox and Unforgettable Filly.

However, one that comes from a totally different angle is the once-raced Talaayeb, and she can be backed at 14/1 on the Sportsbook.

She won her Newmarket maiden last term in fine style. She was backed at big prices that day to scoot clear. There was a slight change in her action when faced with the dip, but she came out of the other side sprinting away. She travelled like a class act in the race too.

Her pedigree is a proper Hamdan Al Maktoum family, with the likes of Ghanaati and Mawatheeq - which screams quick ground. The quicker the better.

Ghanaati won the 1,000 Guineas on just her second start (and first of her three-year-old campaign), so I have no worries about Talaayeb making her debut for the season. Her trainer Owen Burrows knows what it takes to handle a Classic contender; he saddled Massaat to finish second in the 2,000 last term. That was Massaat's first outing of the year, and Burrows must know what he has got in terms of being up to this standard.

I am shunning the well-established juvenile form (which could be dangerous), and sticking with a potential huge improver at a decent price.


Sunday's Recommended Bets

Back Mr Lupton 0.5pt @ 13.50 in the 14:55 at Newmarket
Back Talaayeb 0.5pt @ 14/1 Sportsbook price in the 15:35 at Newmarket


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