The Gazette's Friday racing guide: Joy to behold at Newbury

Newbury stages a Friday meetingNewbury stages a Friday meeting
Newbury stages a Friday meeting
Natalie's Joy can banish the memories of Royal Ascot in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury.

Natalie’s Joy can banish the memories of Royal Ascot in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury.

Sent off favourite for the Chesham Stakes last month, she ran too badly to be true in seventh behind Arthur Kitt.

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The fact Mark Johnston had no qualms at all about taking on the boys with her spoke volumes, but distress signals were being sent out from halfway.

It is hard to know what affected her, maybe the occasion was all too much on just her second start, but she had looked so impressive on her debut at Goodwood that it is far too early to write her off.

That day she absolutely blitzed the field, winning by six lengths and looking a Group performer in the making. She deserves another chance.

There might be even more to come from John Gosden’s Rococo now she is stepping further up in trip for the Ross Brooke Chartered Accountants Fillies’ Handicap.

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The Dubai filly took a while to open her account, but at the fourth time of asking and on her handicap debut she absolutely bolted up.

That was her first run over a mile and a half and now she faces another two furlongs, but she looks all about stamina.

A 10lb rise for her six-length win might not be enough to stop her following up.

Gosden might also be celebrating after Scottish Jig runs in the Fly London Southend Airport To Dubrovnik Fillies’ Novice Stakes at Newmarket.

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The form of her win at Newbury could hardly have worked out any better with the second and fourth already having come out to win.

Tim Easterby’s Angels is surely better than she has shown in her last two starts and down in grade can get back to winning ways in the Smarkets Betting Exchange Handicap at Haydock.

Second on debut, she then won at Ripon and Pontefract in good style before being sent off favourite to beat Foxtrot Lady at Carlisle.

That one has since won a big pot at Newmarket, while Angels went on to finish unplaced behind Encrypted at York.

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Given a month off, she can bounce back to the initial promise she showed.

Winds Of Fire can show he is a good young stayer in the making when overcoming a 197-day absence in the Watch Racing UK Anywhere Handicap.

Charlie Appleby’s son of Kitten’s Joy has been gelded since getting off the mark at Newcastle in January, but is sure to have been readied for his return to action.

Winds Of Fire looks to have been held in decent regard as he has started favourite in all his three races.

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He won over a mile and a half last time and the step up to a mile and three-quarters should pose no problem. He looks likely to outrun his rating of 82 as he tackles a handicap for the first time.

Wentworth Falls has shaped well in three runs following a nine-month break and can record a deserved success in the Watch Racing UK On Sky 426 Handicap at Nottingham.

Geoff Harker’s six-year-old was only beaten three-quarters of a length in third place on his latest start at Ayr over his optimum trip of six furlongs.

He is a winner at the minimum distance on this course and looks sure to go close off the same mark as his last effort.

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The best bet at Hamilton looks to be Classic Seniority for Marjorie Fife in the Heineken UK Scottish Stewards’ Cup Handicap now he is back down to a winnable mark.

Waarif can follow up a recent win in the Dickies Workwear At Junction 32 Outlet Optional Claiming Handicap at Pontefract.


HAMILTON: 5.45 Ladies First, 6.20 Showout, 6.50 Mujassam, 7.20 Classic Seniority, 7.55 Shailene, 8.25 Royal Cosmic, 8.55 Take A Turn.

HAYDOCK: 2.10 Kannapolis, 2.40 Five Angels, 3.15 Angels, 3.45 Alsvinder, 4.20 Swiss Knight, 4.50 Winds Of Fire, 5.20 Acrux.

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KILBEGGAN: 5.55 Masons Daughter, 6.25 Getareason, 6.55 Storm Rising, 7.25 I Keano, 8.00 Barra, 8.30 Wounded Warrior, 9.00 Royal Rendezvous.

NEWBURY: 2.00 Momkin, 2.30 Magnetic Charm, 3.05 Rococo, 3.35 NATALIE’S JOY (NAP), 4.10 Nathan, 4.40 Air Of York, 5.10 Affluence.

NEWMARKET: 5.35 Floria Tosca, 6.10 Pennywhistle, 6.40 George Villiers, 7.10 Scottish Jig, 7.45 A Momentofmadness, 8.15 Poet’s Vanity, 8.45 Golden Slam.

NOTTINGHAM: 1.50 Loch Ness Monster, 2.20 Spirit Kingdom, 2.55 Wentworth Falls, 3.25 Timbleweed, 4.00 Juneau, 4.30 Aquarium, 5.00 Rebel State.

PONTEFRACT: 6.30 Hot Team, 7.00 Hibernicus, 7.35 Watchable, 8.05 Waarif, 8.35 Dontgiveuponbob, 9.10 Etikaal.