Welcome to Thursday! Daryl Carter is here to talk you through today's racing, highlight some notable market moves and offer some invaluable punter info across the cards.
"He was only beaten four lengths there, and on these terms would be 35lbs better off with the winner, 26lbs better off with the second, 22lbs with the third and 15lbs with the fourth."
One hell of a Thursday! So where is the money going?
Money Talk continues to highlight the Betfair Sportsbook big-money moves to keep you in the loop. This section will now highlight market moves between 1:00 am and 9:00 am.
Which horses at the head of the market are on the drift on the Betfair Sportsbook this morning?
Mark your card - Thursday
The Betfair Sportsbook are paying extra places on eight races today across the country, and you can find them here.
In the opener at Haydock, 13:00 Haydock Apprentice Training Series Handicap, trainer Roger Fell and his runner Dapper Man will be looking for a third successive win in the race, although this may prove tougher for the old boy.
Yarmouth's first race of the day, 13:15 QuinnBet Best Odds Guaranteed "Hands And Heels" Apprentice Handicap, has seen favourites score in five of the last eight running's, including the last four.
There are four course-winners out to repeat the feat on the six-race card meeting at Epsom today. 18:38 Indian Creek, 19:38 Nabhan and Foresee, 20:08 Gold Souk.
Across the Irish sea at Tipperary JP McManus' brother Kevin sponsors the 17:15 Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle in which the former owns seven of the nine runners - it's hard enough to pick a JP winner at the best of times, so good luck with that one!
The race has also been a good pointer to the Galway Hurdle and the Galway flat handicap over 1m6f.
Hot race alert
Yarmouth looks like an informative card today, and it was very hard not to be impressed by Salisbury winner Alflaila who runs in the 14:20 British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes which has seen five of the last six winners go on to be rated 100 plus with the other rated 93.
Newbury's 19:23 Newbury Racecourse Vaccination Volunteers Handicap looks a good handicap to get stuck into, and I quite like the chances of Set Point for Hugo Palmer.
He has been below his best in two starts since running here behind Irish Derby winner Hurricane Lane, but those two runs have come on tight tracks at Chester and Goodwood, and there was promise from his latest outing when he finished with running left.
On balance, this is a drop into much calmer waters, and a return to this more galloping venue as well as the first time blinkers are both reasons to expect an improved effort.
His run here in April could not have worked out better, with the winner an above mentioned Irish Derby victor, the second finished fourth in the Group 1 St James' Palace, and the third ran second in the Group 2 King Edward at Royal Ascot.
He was only beaten four lengths there, and on these terms would be 35lbs better off with the winner, 26lbs better off with the second, 22lbs with the third and 15lbs with the fourth.
A repeat run would be enough to suffice in this company, so at double-figure odds, he is worth chancing back here at Newbury.
Alflaila 14:20 Yarmouth was the original selection in today's tip alert, but short prices (now 10/11) are not usually my thing. However, I will leave him as an advised bet should he touch even money or bigger.
He has a big future ahead of him, and something will need to run to at least 90 to win this. He looked well above average on his debut, so I don't just want to leave him unbacked should the market speak in the punter's favour with improvement forthcoming.
Timeform offer up three of their best
Timeform have searched high and low for three bets at Newbury tonight.
Race of the day
We stick with Yarmouth for the race of the day and take a look at the 15:30 QuinnBet Handicap, which sees an unexposed field of eight go to post.
My Swallow rightfully heads the market here for Sir Michael Stoute, and his runner took a good step forward at Chelmsford last time when second behind a promising horse of William Haggas'.
His form is starting to work out well, including the latest, which saw the third score next time, and he looks well treated off the same handicap mark with natural progression.
Freak Out needs to bounce back from a below-par effort at Epsom last time, but his previous two runs at Newmarket and Goodwood have worked out well enough to think he can score off this handicap mark.
The drop back to 1m today looks a good move by connections after perhaps failing to stay the trip last time, but that is clutching at straws.
He has shaped as though a stiffer test would suit at Newmarket, and he now has something to prove.
Surprise Picture is not one to write off despite having plenty of chances already to score off a mark in this region.
He has some rock-solid form, with bits and pieces suggesting he is more than capable and has built up a consistent profile while steadily progressing.
He could yet come good and is one of the more likelier types to give their true running.
Nick's daily double is an enhanced 14/1
Our tipster Nick Shiambouros is off in search for a big priced double on Thursday.
Rhys Williams' Dapper is the man for the job
Our daily tipster heads over to Haydock for some value.
I was livid with Rob Hornby's ride on our selection Zoffarelli yesterday. It was evident coming around the home bend into the straight that he would need to find an out as the eventual winner held him in close to the rail.
We can't dwell, though and hopefully, that one is in the bank for next time.
Until tomorrow, be lucky.
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