Nick Shiambouros is back in the saddle on Friday with a couple of win selections from Newcastle and Catterick and a place bet from HQ...
"This daughter of Lilbourne Lad ran very well when finishing sixth to Delizia in a Listed race at York earlier this month."
14:40 Newcastle - Fly With Emirates
The Godolphin owned Fly With Emirates ran well enough on debut to suggest he can take this maiden.
This son of Lawman finished strongly to finish second to Mount Tahan at Wetherby last month. He took a while to get going, but finished the race with good energy and was gaining on the winner close home.
I think he is open to a fair bit of improvement and should go very close. He is trading at 5.39/2 on the exchange and I have backed him at this price.
15:35 Newmarket - Saigon City
Last time out at Ascot Saigon City hung badly to his left when finishing second to Directorship. I am not totally convinced he would have won if he had kept a straight line, but it probably would have been very close.
Today his trainer applies the visor in an attempt to keep this quirky gelding focused.
I generally tend to avoid horses of this nature, but I cannot overlook his solid credentials in this competitive handicap. I am not brave enough to back him for a win but the 1.9520/21 in the place market looks big.
19:05 Catterick - Lil's Joy
This interesting little maiden revolves around Lil's Joy who is trained by the talented Giles Bravery.
This daughter of Lilbourne Lad ran very well when finishing sixth to Delizia in a Listed race at York earlier this month. She had a chance just over a furlong from home, but was found wanting when the chips were down.
I think she will appreciate the ease in grade, and can break her maiden at the expense of Socialites Red who is turned out quickly after finishing third in the Hilary Needler last week.
The selection is currently trading at 3.052/1 on the exchange which is more than fair.
Friday's Recommended Bets
Back Fly With Emirates @ 5.39/2 in the 14:40 at Newcastle
Back Saigon City @ 1.9520/21 in the 15:35 at Newmarket
Back Lil's Joy @ 3.052/1 in the 19:05 at Catterick