June comes to a close and we must await big racing fixtures to come, including Glorious Goodwood, the August meeting at York and, this weekend, the Coral Eclipse meet at Sandown.
But there’s a lot of poor quality racing around before then and I am afraid Thursday falls into that bracket. Time was Newbury and Epsom only hosted high grade racing. Not now.
I have studied the form at three race meetings on Thursday and have come down on the side of two speculative punts on horses that will be racing for the first time.
So, members, don’t be betting big tomorrow. If at all.
Richard Hughes and Ryan Moore are great friends. Hughes is now a trainer and he’s booked Moore to ride his newcomer in this race of 13 (only 2 of which have raced once before).
The friends team up with the two year old filly called In the Spotlight. There is some decent form on Good to Soft ground in her pedigree – although her sire, Exceed and Excel won most often on Good ground.
The American trainer Wesley Ward is always to be feared when sending horses to the UK. He has a good record with his juveniles. So his two year old filly called Oh So Terrible is unlikely to live up to her name and may well go off the favourite in this wide open Class 4 Stakes race for fillies.
Betting in a race when there is little or no previous form to go on is obviously a speculative action.
I am in the mood to speculate. But only if the price is right. The first price is acceptable.
Win In the Spotlight 9/2 (Bet365)
Another speculative bet on a newcomer. Novoman races for the first time and the trainer Willie Haggas has had a decent June. The colt is the son of Sir Prancealot, a Group 2 winner in his day. This Class 5 stakes is over 7 furlongs. That distance is a bit of a question mark but, for the second time today, I shall put my faith in a first time out runner.
If you want to play safe and be on each way, the first Betfair price allows you to do that.
Win Novoman 11/2 (Betfair)
That’s all for Thursday. Not a day to go overboard on the betting front.
Keep your powder dry for better racing at the weekend.