Newmarket July Festival Day Two Tips: Zaaki the only play on a quiet betting day

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Tony has just one fancy in the 15:00 race at Newmarket on Friday afternoon
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There's plenty of good racing on ITV from Newmarket and York on Friday afternoon, but our big-price tipster Tony Calvin is struggling to find any big angles in, and as such has just the one selection for you to consider...

"He was a big eye-catcher when coming from well off the pace to take third in the Hampton Court, and I think he has the ability to rate a lot higher than his current mark of 104."

Back Zaaki at [5.0] or bigger in 15:00 at Newmarket

Alpha Centauri had everyone reaching for the thesaurus for suitable superlatives after her supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - see what I did there? - victory in the Coronation Stakes, and her rivals will have next to no chance in the Falmouth at 15:35 if she rocks up in anywhere near the same form here.

The official ratings tell you that she can run 10lb below that Ascot form and still inch home, and it looks a pointless exercise trying to get her beat, and odds of around 4/7 are probably fair, if truth be told.

You won't catch me playing at those prices, though, at least not in horseracing.

The each-way angle into the race has been scuppered by just the seven runners, so it is simply a watch-only job and hope that the filly confirms herself as one of the stars of the current season.

War can fight his way to Glory in opener

I am not sure if the thunderstorms that are "supposed" to hit much of the country on Friday are also heading for Newmarket, but I don't think there is much point in second-guessing the weather, so I will proceed on the basis of quick ground, rightly or wrongly.

The Silver Bunbury Cup at 13:50 opens up proceedings on Friday, and it is very disappointing to see only seven rock up. The previous runnings of this consolation race have seen fields of 18, 10 and 16.

Predictably enough, I can't see a bet at the prices, but War Glory is my idea of the winner for those who want an interest.

He finished fifth in this race last season, doing the best of those who raced middle-to-far side - the stands' side dominated - and he comes into this race in decent nick after a third over a mile at Windsor last time.

He is better over this 7f trip, too, but his price is pretty much what you would have expected with Ryan Moore in the plate.

Royal Ascot form provides a tricky puzzle to solve

ITV have certainly landed on some very difficult puzzles to solve on Friday and the Duchess Of Cambridge at 14:25 is right up there.

Four of the first five home in the Albany, in which Main Edition beat La Pelosa a neck, re-oppose here and they take on the second and fifth in the Queen Mary, Gossamer Wings and Come On Leicester.

There is clearly very little between them on form and on the clock, and it is pretty hard to have a firm view on the race.

I was also pretty taken by the Leicester win of Chaleur, too - she had previously chased home La Pelosa at Kempton on her debut - so I can't get involved.

Maybe Queen Mary runner-up Gossamer Wings at 5/1+, as I thought that was a decent race this year - and the fourth, So Perfect, franked the form when winning a Group 3 afterwards - but I am not investing.

Zaaki has the ability to climb the grades

The 3yo 1m2f handicap at 15:00 looks a red-hot affair.

Wissahickon looks to confirm York form with three of these, having beaten the strong-traveller Beringer ¾ length last time, with the Mark Johnston duo of Communique and Poet's Prince very disappointing in behind (though everyone knows runners from that stable can quickly put a poor run behind them, and Johnston won this race four consecutive times from 2013 to 2016).

The first two home there are obvious contenders once again, as is recent course-and distance winner Chief Ironside, but the one that I am pretty keen on is Zaaki.

He was a big eye-catcher when coming from well off the pace to take third in the Hampton Court, and I think he has the ability to rate a lot higher than his current mark of 104.

Connections also left him in the John Smith's Cup race on Thursday morning (where he would have raced off 103 in that early-closer), only to take him out with a self-cert an hour or so later, so I am not sure what was going on there.

But if he runs here then presumably all is well, so he gets a small-stakes vote at [5.0] or bigger on an exceptionally quiet day for betting for me. It will be a small bet, too.

Decent York races but little betting appeal

There are also two ITV races at York on Friday, and it could well be that Mukhayyam gets the run of the race from the front again in the 14:40.

He made all over course and distance last time when hanging on grimly to beat Frimley Garth, who re-opposes here, by a nose but he has gone up 4lb and that makes him vulnerable.

It's a very tricky six-runner race, four of whom have won over track and trip - indeed, Mukhayyam won this race last year - and I don't have a betting view.

The Group 3 Summer Stakes at 15:15 is also a bit of a head-scratcher.

Could It Be Love is the stand-out on form on her Irish 1,000 Guineas second to Alpha Centauri but she hasn't reproduced that form on her last two starts, for all her Royal Ascot and Fairyhouse placed efforts (the latter only five days ago, but the quick turnarounds did Athena and Saxon Warrior no harm) were solid enough.

Worship hasn't gone on from her good midfield run in the 1,000 Guineas and the one I kept coming back to was Sandra's Secret at around 14/1.

She has come a long way in a short space of time since winning off a mark of 80 at Ripon in May, and she is now rated 97 after a course-and-distance win and an Ayr Listed race second in a good time.

But the problem is that she will have a lot of competition for the lead here, and I am happy to walk away from this race, too, without a bet.

There are a fair few improvers to try and get a handle on, chief among them Pretty Baby, who has been off the track since impressively winning at Nottingham in early May. She hasn't been missed in the market, though.

Some days, very little stands out, and this is one of those.

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