Bets Of The Day: Side with Chapple-Hyam's Gunnery for big run

Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam runs Gunnery at Newbury on Friday
Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam runs Gunnery at Newbury on Friday

Alan Dudman returns for his seven days in the chair, and has a superb day's racing with three meetings at top venues on Friday...


"And that's the key here; Snan, Cat Royale and Carry Me Home have all pressed forward, and Newbury could be the sort of track that Gunnery will enjoy. I would imagine his jockey Jamie Spencer will be settling him in rear, and wind up him for a run down the long straight."

Back Gunnery @ 6.05/1 in the 16:50 at Newbury

14:10 Newmarket - Plenty of hope with Arabian

Friday's racing is my perfect set-up. Plenty of juvenile contests (and Frankel's first runner goes at Newbury), three-year-old handicaps and staying races. So in true Countdown fashion, I'm taking one from each section.

The first pick is simple, Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin have hit form, and the trainer has struck with two juvenile winners already this week, and three successes elsewhere at the Dante meeting.

First-time-out Arabian Hope lines up in the 14:10 Newmarket novice, and she can get her career off to a perfect start on fast ground. Related to top American horses Jazil and Rags To Riches - this fast surface is key, but I won't mention her price tag of $550,000.


16:05 York - Second Step can be first

I wonder if Friday's run could be something of a fact-finding mission for trainer Luca Cumani? He sends Second Step to the Knavesmire for the feature staying race; the 1m6f Group 2 Yorkshire Cup.

On first glance I wasn't entirely sure about his stamina, but looking at his run in the Irish Leger - I am more than happy to give him another chance as a stayer. His 2015 campaign was one of progression; winning the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket, and also landing a top level prize in Germany (both over 1m4f). He was last seen running in Cannock Chase's Canadian International win.

A small field should suit, and he clearly likes quick ground. And with an official rating of 118 - he is the best horse in this field. Cumani will have a line on Flying Officer and Clever Cookie, who were both beaten by Mizzou at Ascot last time out.

Second Step does hold an entry for the 1m4f Coronation Cup at Epsom - so he is no plodder. I just wonder with the fact-finding mentioned earlier whether this horse could be Melbourne Cup bound later in the year? We are told you need a stayer with speed after all for that race.


16:50 Newbury - Go in with Gunnery and Spencer

I took a very positive view of Gunnery's maiden success at Haydock last month, as the horses he beat into second and third (Superyacht and Daphne) are likely to make their mark over middle-distances this term. The latter has Group 1 entries and runs at Newmarket on Friday.

Back to the selection, and I'm hoping my opinion of the race holds up. Gunnery now goes handicapping from a mark of 85 following his Haydock win, and he certainly built on a nice run on debut behind Algometer (an interesting maiden towards the back end of last season). He achieved his victory with an element of 'plenty left in the tank', and he'll be even better with a strongly run race.

And that's the key here; Snan, Cat Royale and Carry Me Home have all pressed forward, and Newbury could be the sort of track that Gunnery will enjoy. I would imagine his jockey Jamie Spencer will be settling him in rear, and wind up him for a run down the long straight.

He has a Royal Ascot entry, and can take this en route.


Friday's Recommended Bets (all half point)

Back Arabian Hope at BSP in the 14:10 at Newmarket
Back Second Step @ 5/2 in the 16:05 at York (PROMO RACE)
Back Gunnery @ 6.05/1 in the 16:50 at Newbury


Alan Dudman's profit and loss

Weekly P/L: 0.0

Last week: -0.50

2015 P/L: +20.14

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