Friday offered us up top racing all around the country, with the Newmarket’s second day of the July Festival particularly under the spotlight. There were some top performances at HQ – as well as a few disappointments – ensuring a difficult day for the punter. York held a good standard of racing, and Ascot went racing on quick ground in the shadows of the famous grandstand.
6 35 NAYYAR (C Hills) 9/2, C4 2YO Novices, 5F, Good
This was a lovely and assertive performance on debut, winning readily despite running very green throughout the early stages. The odds-on favourite was beaten into fourth and the form of the race should go onto prove effective. NAYYAR should progress nicely from this run and gives Charlie Hills another sprinter to look out for.
2 40 FAWAAREQ (O Burrows) 7/1, C3, 1M, Good to Firm
In my eyes this was a very under rated and battling performance, as his gutsiness got him home as a few came to the challenge in the final stages. Owen Burrow’s 3YO is slowly working his way up the ratings and is doing just enough each time. Burrow’s is in red-hot form currently and has a progressive type in FAWAAREQ.
4 15 ALICE SPRINGS (A O’Brien) 5/2, Group 1 (Fillies & Mares), 1M, Good to Firm
A huge punt was landed at Newmarket in the Falmouth, ALICE SPRINGS was available at 15/2 overnight and was as small as 9/4 before the race. She is clearly very dependent on the ground and it was a shame that USHERETTE was not quite right for whatever the reason. I am still not convinced ALICE SPRINGS is a top horse just yet, when you take out Andre Fabre’s star filly, there is not much left in the race. She now needs to back this up and America looks a distinct possibility.