Richard Hannon Jnr has his string in tip top condition over the past few weeks, and the form is set to continue from my point of view. He has a serious yard of horses this season to really mix it up with the best of them, so lets have a look what the yard have in store.
STEAL THE SCENE – 13.50 Newmarket – BETFAIR TAP TAP BOOM HANDICAP (CLASS 3)
The four year old has been very consistent this year and after two pleasing runs on the all weather he made his turf re-appearance when finishing fourth to Balmoral Castle in a 0-85 Handicap at Ascot two weeks ago. His current mark of 85 is probably slightly high with current wins off 70 and 80. Ground dependable, probably would want fast ground to play to his strengths, has been competing on the all weather and not ideal ground.
He has had three visits to Newmarket in his career with form showing 347, his best win on turf came on good to firm ground when winning over 7f in a 0-70 Handicap. Looking at his chances today, the booking of an amateur probably reflects that neither Kieran O’Neill or Sean Levey have made the journey to ride the entry, even though Levey is at the course.
Opinion, well probably still a learning curve in process, current mark looks to have him at the top of his level, but with the yard in blistering form you cannot rule out place claims.
TORCH – 14.25 Newmarket – BETFAIR “MORE TO PLAY FOR” MAIDEN STAKES 1m
Gelded over the winter, he is definitely one I would want to follow now. With just the one run as a juvenile which was late in the year, he showed some promise and settled well when coming off the pace to finish third at Goodwood over 7f on good ground. Being by Paco Boy there should be plenty to like about his pedigree and this step up to a mile and the fact that Sean Levey has got the opportunity to ride him speaks volumes.
I would like to think he is ready to win against what looks on paper not that strong of a field to be honest, home run here this time around.
NISSER – 16.10 Newmarket – BETFAIR PRICE RUSH SPRINT TROPHY (Handicap) 6f
I would like to think the son of Dream Ahead who usually thrive at the age of three and beyond should be showing good signs of improving from two to three. His two runs on quick ground saw him beaten convincingly as a juvenile with one of those runs coming here over course and distance when behind the very smart Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes winner Shalaa.
It was not until he got some cut in the ground that he showed some good fractions to win at Windsor when beating Dream Destination under the now trainer Richard Hughes.I do feel there is more to come now turning three and a very good booking of the young Tom Marquand who’s 5lb claim is valuable in these type of races.
If I was thinking of an angle to bet these, I would probably go the early route on the BOG betting market, and stay safe with the each way Round Robin, there would probably be a Lucky 15 in there as I do really like Toormore’s attitude this year who runs for the trainer in the Lockinge at Newbury.
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