Only a handful of runners but very competitive and, tricky to solve.
The “old man” of the party tops my figures but for sure, he has his ground, three wins from nine attempts on it to date. Four of the horses nine wins on turf have come in April/May, and he’s 1-1 at Newbury….this race in 2011. He was probably at the peak of his powers then. The only “traveller”, Robot Boy, has tried 10 times to win on good to firm and managed just one. I’ve mentioned previously that Barron has his “nearly there”….most placing first time up and they’ll come good soon enough. Three of his four wins have come in June (did break his maiden in April, 2013), and maybe a placing at best for him? STEPS has never won first time up, is 0-7 on good to fast and two previous trips to Newbury were fruitless. LUCKY BEGGAR won this race last season, but it was good to soft that day. His trainer is quoted as saying that recent run at Doncaster was needed and a bit of cut will help him. Unless it chucks it down, he’ll not get it. Normal Equilibrium finds it harder to win than a one legged man in a hopscotch competition, Boom The Groom has been campaigned on all weather and that’s probably where he belongs and Green Door has not won a race since 2013. Very consistent though but my figures indicate it’s probably another day for him. I’d be with horses rated 1 & 4.
3mm rain Saturday No rain overnight. Forecast: Thurs – Cooler and cloudy but remaining dry Temps 14/15c Friday – Clearer with Sunny Spells and Dry, Temps 14/15c
Last 24hrs Dry Forecast: Thurs Dry cloudy Max 17c Fri Dry sunny spells Max 14c Sat Dry sunny spells Max 14c
* – Indicates their having won previously on the going as currently described
§ – Indicates best drawn
T – Indicates a horse having made a round trip of 300 miles or more
H – Indicates horses sporting headgear for the first time (blinkers, hood, cheekpieces, tongue-tie etc)
* – NOBLE STORM….+/-0
* – LUCKY BEGGAR….-2
* – STEPS….-5
T* – ROBOT BOY….-7
* – NORMAL EQUILIBRIUM….-17
BOOM THE GROOM….-30
Have a great day