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.
|Parents Prayer||17/2||Each Way
Date of Tips: 26/08/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (11:33 26/08/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
It was a case of so near but so far at Bellewstown last night as on two separate occasions, I began to get very excited that 12/1 winners may well be landing on our doorstep. It wasn’t to be on either occasion, with both Emir De Rots and Loudest Whisper going down gamely in defeat, but supplying enough each way money to guarantee a small profit on the day. Attention now turns to Tipperary this evening and the flat action, and this is a very good card for a midweek fixture and there is plenty to have a look at.
Personally, I’m finding this another tough card to get to the bottom of, and therefore selections will be limited – as they have been throughout the month of August, which is always a hard month to get a good grip on. Starting at Tipperary with the 4.50 race, which looks like a compelling maiden over 7 and a half furlongs. Throughout this week, I have certainly been taking the side of bigger each way prices rather than shorter pokes, but this on occasion – I will be siding right near the top of the market. Preference is for the regally bred filly, History – who will be looking to fly the flag for her late sire, Galileo. She showed up very nicely on her first start in a conditions event in the Curragh, and will now be looking to add a victory to her nametag on the second time of asking.
That conditions event was won by Cairde Go Deo for Ger Lyons, and looked an above average type by winning that event, with History running a perfectly respectable race in behind. O’Brien’s juveniles often improve from their first time out and I will be hoping that this horse can find the necessary improvement to be able to win this race, which doesn’t look like one of the strongest maidens of the year. The likes of Awesome Wonder and Karkiyna bring valuable form to the table and will be hard to beat, but I would be very hopeful. At a best price 85/40 with Paddy Power, let’s hope she can collect.
The other selection today comes in the featured 6.00 race, the Fairy Bridge Stakes over the same trip of 7 and a half furlongs. This race is for Group 3 fillies and mares and has attracted a really good field of 15 fillies to the tape. One of my old favourites from this season is making her trip away from England for this contest, and the conditions of this race may well suit Parent’s Prayer, who despite having to give a winners penalty away, may be the best suited by the conditions and this would look like her optimum trip and ground. Trained by Archie Watson, this filly has already come over to Ireland a couple of times and already been successful once last year, which is a good sign that she travels well and can perform to her best.
Her effort to win the Princess Elizabeth Stakes on Derby weekend at Epsom was a stunning performance and if backing that effort up, will take a lot of beating in a contest such as this. She has been slightly disappointing on her last two starts, but those were in tougher races than this and she still should have a lot to say on this drop back in grade to Group 3 level. From Stall 1, where she is perfectly drawn to attack from the front, which is her natural way – she could well be hard to stop. At a price of 17/2 with Paddy Power, who are generously offering 5 places for this race, I’ll be backing her each way.