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.
Date of Tips: 06/09/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (07:05 06/09/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
It has been a slow start to the month of September due to a lack of Irish Racing, but as we turn towards the Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh – there is more than a tinge of excitement around the average racing man on the Emerald Isle. The week starts off with good jump racing at Galway, and nothing satisfies me more than an early week jumps card to tackle into. The selections at Wexford on Saturday ran with credit, so it was a solid start overall.
Starting off with the 4.35 at Galway, which is a 2 mile handicap hurdle. This is an open contest and a field going off at 6/1 the field would be a strong indicator of that. There is a combination between unexposed types and solid handicappers – and I am going to side with one from the former category. Makfils looks like a horse that has perhaps disappointed new connections after being claimed from France with some decent form on the level. His three runs over hurdles have left a bit to be desired in terms of jumping – but stepping back into handicap company may well give him a better chance of operating to a competitive level. He has been given an initial mark of 98, which I deem to be fair – and he could rate as a player in this. At a price of 12/1 with SkyBet, who are offering a juicy six places in this race, he might be worth backing each way.
The 5.05 race is the feature race on the card and sees Galway Festival winner, Jazzaway, look to improve a very good recent record when she has got to the track. She obviously has not been the easiest to train, as there have been plenty of absences in there – which would slightly temper your enthusiasm of rushing in to back her at odds on. Instead, I am going to take a massive leap of faith on the once highly rated Holymacapony – who is coming here on a retrieval mission after his career has gone off the rails after a strong start. He thrashed dual Grade One Scorer, Gaillard du Mesnil at Punchestown before blowing up in two runs since then. He is an attractive price in this race though, for a horse that still might be much better than we have seen, and if showing that form from his maiden hurdle victory, he might come close to an upset. At a price of 15/2 generally, for 2 places, I’ll have a try each way.
I am looking forward to tackling the Irish Champions Weekend later on this week, with some potential Ante-Post videos for the week coming very soon also. It should be a great week and good to see crowds beginning to come back to the Irish racecourses. Let’s hope we start the week in the right way!