Bets of the Day: Drop in class for Crowned Eagle should see him fly

No luck for Alan yesterday but today he has two more selections running at Newmarket and Newbury...

"The son of Oasis Dream got the better of some useful types on his sole previous start in a handicap at Windsor in May and this mark of 95 today should see him more than capable of doing the same here."

Back Crowned Eagle @ 11/4 in the 14:00 Newmarket

14:00 Newmarket - Back Crowned Eagle @ 11/4

John Gosden runs Crowned Eagle in this Class 3 handicap today, big things were thought of this three year old but after finding the step up to group company too much, he has been gelded and is dropped markedly in class and trip today, possibly to get him some confidence back. Prior to running in the Derby and a Group 3 he won a Nottingham maiden and a Windsor Handicap both in good style.

The son of Oasis Dream got the better of some useful types on his sole previous start in a handicap at Windsor in May and this mark of 95 today should see him more than capable of doing the same here. That was a decent handicap he won at Windsor with the second, third, fourth and six all going on to win good races. Andrea Atezni takes the ride and a reproduction of that Windsor should make it three wins from his seven career starts.

16:00 Newbury - Back Take Cover @ 13/2

This is a very competitive World Trophy at Newbury today but I have been drawn to the veteran sprinter Take Cover, he was brave when holding off all comers at Beverley in his last start and David Griffiths seems to think the ten-year-old has come out of the Beverley race in good order and is keen on the ten-year-old's chances saying "Take Cover has come out of the Beverley Bullet well and it is all systems go for Newbury"

Providing he gets his normal good start, he will have competition for the lead here, he is a very tough horse to pass and the quick ground suits. He gets in here just 1lb higher than his Beverley win and he is close to as good as he has ever been at the ripe old age of ten, he certainly looks to have a better chance than his price of 13/2 suggests in this field and providing he gets out in front, he will take some catching.


Recommended Bets

Back Crowned Eagle @ 11/4 in the 14:00 Newmarket

Back Take Cover @ 13/2 in the 16:00 Newbury

2017 Overall (prior to this week): +33.64 pts

This week so far...

Staked: 2 pts

Returned: 0 pts

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