Birthday can be a good selection for Davies at HQ
Back Good Birthday @ 4/1 in the 14:15 at Newmarket
Prydwen heads the betting for the 1m2f Handicap at 14:15, but there could be some mileage in backing the 4/1 on Good Birthday, who has a good opportunity to get back on track in a small field with just five rivals.
He had somewhat of a patchy profile last term and was very much in-and-out, but he did land the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar from a mark of 88, marking him down as very much a horse when he's good, he is pretty good. He tracked the pace just behind the leader and once the gap came for him, he sealed the deal. He also beat John Gosden's Harrovian at Doncaster, even if it was a little keen.
He is usually well positioned in his races so with the small field at Newmarket, a tactical affair shouldn't be a problem and he'll have his favoured ground.
His comeback run for the season last month came at Ascot over 1m. That trip is too short for him as he's ideal at 1m2f, and he was too keen, although he shaped well for a large chunk of that race on the quick ground. It looked very much like a run that will tee him up for his next start.
Rising star Harry Davies is booked and his 7lb is the only claim in the race.
Owen has a sprinter of potential with Meredif for York
Back Meredif @ 7/2 in the 17:20 at York
Owen Burrows left the Knavesmire empty handed on Wednesday following the below par effort of highly-touted sprinter Minzaal, but I am hoping he can make his mark with another speedy one, and a promising one at that with Meredif. She can be backed at 7/2 on the Sportsbook in an Extra Place Special, although I don't back each-way at those odds despite missing the target a few times of late.
Meredif was out three times last season as a juvenile, and must have been doing something pleasing in her work as she was sent off favourite in both starts at Wolverhampton and Nottingham. She bombed out at the former, but showed her potential with an improved effort at Nottingham to finish second.
Her success didn't leave Burrows waiting too long, and she landed the odds, once again back at Colwick Park with a fluent win on good ground. I was quite impressed with the way she travelled into contention from just off the pace, and she really picked up inside the final 2f to scoot away.
She was drawn high that day, and with the second, third and fourth all in low numbers and with the pace seemingly over the far side with them, it could be worth upgrading her run against that bias. It probably wasn't a strong race, but she has plenty of speed and while the stiff 5f at Nottingham suited her, I can see her getting 6f no problem even if she is sticking to the minimum for Friday.
Burrows mentioned they have always thought well of her, and she took time to grow physically. She's a half-sister to Epsom Dash winner Mokaatil and starts off handicapping today from 79. It doesn't look a bad mark, admittedly in a fair race.
May single bet winners
Haizoom 10/1 Win and Placed
Sea Silk Road 8/1 Won
Brotherly Company 17/2 Won
April single bet winners
Coroebus 5/1 Won
Viadelamore 6/1 Won and Placed
Hi Ho Silver 9/1 Placed
Emily Dickinson 11/8 Won
Moonlit Warrior 11/4 Won
Murbih 9/1 Placed
Wanees 5/1 Won
They Don't Know 15/2 Placed
Bay Breeze 8/1 Won
Tranquil Night 7/2 Won
Destiny Is All 15/8 Won R4
Hammersmith 7/2 Placed
Entropy 11/1 Placed
Star Of Lady M 17/2 Won
Boardman 20/1 Placed
Drombeg Banner 6/1 Won
Magic Haze Placed 9/2