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: 09/08/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (08:08 09/08/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
Sadly, the valuable and interesting Sky Bet Sunday Series card at Haydock Park was abandoned yesterday, just as I was in the process of writing up a lovely 16/1 each-way bet, that surely would have romped home in the Merseyside mud…
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom as a high-quality Curragh card lit up Sunday’s action, in addition to events at Windsor giving us a nice steer as to what you may need to prosper at the same venue tonight.
Being prominent and towards the far rail once straightening up on the home stretch was very much the order of the day yesterday, and with the wind set to be strong and in the same following direction down the straight, and more rain this morning accentuating the need to be far side – it all adds up to furthering the claims on a nice 9/1 each-way shot in the opening race on the card.
The Read Hollie Doyle’s Column On attheraces.com Apprentice Handicap at 5.05 is a low grade 0-55 sprint handicap, but features a horse who has caught the eye strongly on two of her last three starts, which have both coincided with meeting soft ground.
Amnaa, available at 9/1 each-way with BetVictor, is a great bet to run very well with conditions in her favour, and from stall 7 in a 9-runner field, leading apprentice Rhys Clutterbuck can bounce out and grab the far rail with hopefully little trouble.
Despite winning a valuable York seller two seasons ago on soft ground, Amnaa has only raced on ground with soft in the description twice since then, and it was the first of those occasions three runs ago that marks her down as being very interesting today.
Drawn way away from the favoured stands rail at Lingfield, she was nibbled in the market at fancy odds, before running a mighty race to loom up with a challenge two furlongs out, only to fade on account of having to run through the treacle-like mud in the centre of the track.
Last time at Brighton, she also fared much better than the bare 5th place position suggested, as the horses that finished first, second and fourth that day have all won since, and the third and sixth have finished close seconds on their next starts. For a 0-52 handicap, it was about the strongest piece of form possible for the grade.
Everything looks right for Amnaa to add to her two career victories today, and with the trainer John Bridger also going well, she has to be supported at 9/1 each-way with BetVictor in the Windsor 5.05 this afternoon.