It has been a relatively quiet week on the runners front so far and we narrowly missed out on our 24th winner of the campaign when SPOT LITE lost out by a short head at Chepstow on Thursday. It is a big weekend as BETTYS HOPE and DADDIES DIVA take their chances in the £250,000 Wetherbys Super Sprint at Newbury and they are part of a team of six heading to the Berkshire venue. Remarkably, of that six, four are last time out winners and two of them were placed. Let’s hope they continue that good run of form this weekend.
BIOTIC – 4:40 Friday Newbury – RTV
The yard veteran repeated his win in the Ladies Handicap at Sandown last time out where he really enjoyed the strong pace to run though tiring rivals up the hill. Unfortunately, it looks like that might not be the case this afternoon as there are only seven runners and no real pace angle. However, Oisin Murphy takes the ride and he is always a huge positive on our horses, so we are hopeful of a good run.
CRYSTAL CASQUE – 5:15 Friday Newbury – RTV
The extremely consistent filly bids to follow up her recent win at Kempton and has every chance under our apprentice Ollie Searle. The pair teamed up to finish second in a similar contest at Salisbury and her uncomplicated nature makes Crystal the ideal candidate for apprentice races. It is actually a very competitive race of its type with three last time out winners but once again she should not be too far away.
BETTYS HOPE / DADDIES DIVA – 3:40 Saturday Newbury – ITV3 / RTV
It is great to be heading to Newbury twenty-two years after Lord Kintyre’s victory with two viable candidates in an extremely valuable two-year-old contest. Both fillies have the required experience, each having had five starts and both race off light weights which are valuable pointers for a good result in such a tough contest. They are drawn on different sides of the track which might not be ideal, as they have generally raced down the middle this year at Newbury. Betty has the services of Champion Jockey Silvestre De Sousa which is a huge boost as you will not find anyone stronger off 8st4lb and she comes into the race in great form, having won her last two starts at Chepstow and Chelmsford. While those wins came over 6f, her proven stamina should be an asset in such a strongly run contest. Diva does like a bit of ease in the ground so any rain won’t do her chances any harm and has run well since her Nottingham win back in May. She is the only horse carrying 8st which must be a huge positive under another Brazilian jockey in Raul Da Silva. With prize money down to tenth, we are hoping to take some back to Devon.
DADDIES GIRL / SUFFICIENT – 4:45 Saturday Newbury – RTV
We are also doubly represented in the £30,000 Fillies Handicap and again both have chances of picking up prize money. Daddies Girl was third in the race off a pound higher mark last year and she has had a good 2019, landing a £25,000 handicap at Nottingham before winning under Ollie at Lingfield last time. While she was undoubtedly flattered by racing alone on the favoured stands side rail, it was still a good effort but the four-pound rise does take her back into the 90s. Sufficient is a very classy filly but is partially sighted which limits options as she doesn’t like to be crowded and can easily panic. She has improved nicely this season, wining at Sandown before running a career best to finish second at Doncaster last week. Unfortunately, a five pound rise looks a bit on the harsh side so she will need to keep improving but couldn’t rule her out off a light weight.