Newmarket Racing Tips: Timeform's three best bets for Saturday

There is Group 1 action on the Rowley Mile on Saturday

Timeform pick out the three best bets at Newmarket on Saturday...

"He is a hugely exciting prospect and rates the one to beat."

Timeform on Thunder Moon

Van Gogh - 14:20 Newmarket

Van Gogh had no answer for Cadillac's turn of foot in the Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown last month, but he did beat the rest of the field comfortably, and he didn't need to improve on that effort to open his account at the Curragh last time, making all the running and looking well in command. He is 5 lb clear of his nearest pursuer on Timeform weight-adjusted ratings and this looks a good opportunity for him to land his first victory at pattern level.

Thunder Moon - 14:55 Newmarket

A race that will likely go a long way to shaping the market for next year's classics, and it is hard to oppose Thunder Moon, who currently heads the betting for next year's 2000 Guineas after his impressive success in the National Stakes. Joseph O'Brien's charge had already proved himself an above average juvenile with a smooth debut success, but the way he overcame adversity to win with a bit in hand at the Curragh last time left a most favourable impression. His impressive turn of foot was once again on display as he quickened to lead on the far rail inside the final half furlong, staying on readily to land his first success at the highest level. He is a hugely exciting prospect and rates the one to beat.

Highest Ground - 16:50 Newmarket

A debut winner at Leicester on his sole appearance last season, Highest Ground continued his progress after a break when making it two from two at Haydock in June, conceding both fitness and experience to a useful rival but still drawing clear of him and winning with two and a half lengths to spare. He received quotes of 16/1 for the Derby after that performance but connections opted to wait for the rescheduled Dante instead, and he very nearly repaid that decision, travelling like the best horse at the weights at York before a little lingering greenness got the better of him, just headed close home. He remains open to further improvement and is taken to continue his upward trajectory.

Smart Stat

THUNDER MOON - 14:55 Newmarket
£28.00 - Joseph Patrick O'Brien's profit to a £1 level stake when having one runner at a flat meeting

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