WhichBookie racing analyst Will Smith provides a preview and an ante-post each-way selection for the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday 25th September.
|Hooves Like Jagger||Evens||win
|Atty's Edge||4/1||each-way (3 places)
Date of Tips: 12/09/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (20:31 12/09/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
There aren’t many racecourses with a better vista on a clear day than Brighton, so if you find yourself with a free Monday afternoon, head down to the coastal venue for the WhichBookie sponsored seven-race card.
Whether you’re watching the action up close and personal, there’s a few nice bets to be had on the card. The opener looks about as easy as a Rubik’s Cube, so it’s on to the whichbookie.co.uk Free Bets Restricted Maiden Stakes at 2.40 for the first selection.
Sir Mark Prescott wouldn’t be known for his novice or maiden winners, and the general modus operandi for the yard is to educate staying types over inadequate distances, before stepping them up in trip in handicap company.
But given he steps up the once raced Arclight 1½ furlongs in trip, after an effort on debut that despite reading fifth of five in the form book, was conspicuous in eye-catching nature. Slow to break and kidded along for a lot of the journey, Arclight hit the line with a wet sail, and in another 50 yards would’ve been vying for top honours 22 days ago.
At a general 8/1 each-way in a field comprising the dead eight, she is sure to improve for the experience, the extra distance, and can go very close in a weak looking maiden.
Next up is a rare short-priced favourite on these pages, in the whichbookie.co.uk Free Football Tips Handicap at 3.50, in the shape of last time out course and distance winner Hooves Like Jagger, at a stingy but still backable Evens favourite with Bet365.
Like many middle-distance handicappers, it has taken a while to find his hooves, but in running away with a better race 6 days ago, Hooves Like Jagger gave us all warning that he is in great form currently, and could be the type to run up a sequence before the autumn rains come.
The third and final bet on the card comes in the last race of the day, the whichbookie.co.uk Betting Offers Handicap at 5.30, to hopefully send punters home with enough sheckles for fish and chips on the seafront, followed by a ‘99’!
Just the seven runners go to post, but Betfred are offering 3 places for each-way bets, and it’s worth taking them up on their offer with Atty’s Edge at 4/1.
The consistent sprinter has never run at Brighton before, but has handled undulating tracks like Bath, Chepstow and Goodwood with aplomb, and so can adapt nicely to the demands of this up-and-down rollercoaster 5½ furlong trip.
When winning at Goodwood 17 days ago, Atty’s Edge won a shade cosily despite having to challenge out in the centre of the track, when the three horses that chased him home raced for the majority of the race in single file up the stands rail.
Atty’s Edge’s win can be marked up significantly as a result, and can continue his progression this season by winning the 5.30.