Today's Horse Racing Tips: Vega can strike Lucky at Newmarket

There are two Group 1 contests at Newmarket this afternoon.
There are two Group 1 contests at Newmarket this afternoon.

1000 Guineas runner up Cloak Of Spirits (advised at 7/2) produced an excellent performance yesterday and clearly benefitted from the return to Newmarket, drop in class and step back up to a mile.

There is a superb day of racing ahead with Group 1 action on the Rowley Mile and the hugely anticipated return of Goshen, desperately unlucky in the Triumph Hurdle in March, at Haydock.

I have picked out plenty of bets, including five with a chance in the 27-runner Cambridgeshire Handicap at 15:35.

Newmarket Tips

14:25 – 6f Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1)

This Group 1 contest can go to the Irish-trained filly MISS AMULET (1 point win bet at 11/4), who followed up a Listed win at Naas by taking the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York in good style last time out. That confirmed her ability to stay the six-furlong trip, and she was strong at the finish. Being out of a mare that won over a mile, she should be well-suited by this extra test of stamina and comes here 3lbs+ clear on official ratings. The booking of Ryan Moore is another positive. The consistent Happy Romance has improved with each race and is likely to prove the biggest danger.

15:00 – 6f Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1)

LUCKY VEGA (NAP – 1 point win bet at 9/4) is already a Group 1 winner courtesy of an easy success at the Curragh last month. He shaped better than the bare result when fifth over seven furlongs last time out and had to endure a troubled passage. That run is easily forgiven, and Jessica Harrington’s colt is taken to bounce back today. Gimcrack winner Minzaal, the Queen’s representative Tactical and the unbeaten Method are also shortlisted for what looks a really good renewal of the Middle Park.

Tip

14:25 Newmarket
Miss Amulet silk

Miss Amulet

placed

Tip

15:00 Newmarket
Lucky Vega silk

Lucky Vega

placed

15:35 – 1m1f bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2)

The hugely progressive Kingman colt TEMPUS (1 point win bet at 11/2) looks a worthy favourite for this ultra-competitive handicap. Winner of both starts this season, Roger Charlton’s runner is capable of taking this race before stepping up to pattern company. 

With such a big field, I’m also taking a chance on four more at huge prices for low stakes. Regular followers will know that I’ve always been an admirer of KRYPTOS (0.5 point win bet at 100/1). He has not yet fired since returning from a long injury lay off, but he has shown glimpses that he retains plenty of ability. I’ve written on numerous occasions that there’s a big race to be won with him and it could be today.

Another at a huge price is DATA PROTECTION (0.5 point win bet at 50/1), who looks to have plenty in his favour. He is a course and distance winner, goes on any ground and has won two of his last four starts.

Two more that have caught my eye are MONTATHAM (0.5 point win bet at 18/1) and POWER OF DARKNESS (0.5 point win bet at 20/1). I am rather shocked to see Montatham at a double figure price as he has a similar profile to that of Tempus. He is yet to finish out of the first three in ten starts on turf and should run a big race. Finally, Power Of Darkness is likely to have come on for his first start of 2020. He ended last year with two consecutive victories and has an overall record of 4-9.

Tip

15:35 Newmarket
Tempus silk

Tempus

lost

Tip

15:35 Newmarket
Kryptos silk

Kryptos

lost

Tip

15:35 Newmarket
Data Protection silk

Data Protection

lost

Tip

15:35 Newmarket
Montatham silk

Montatham

lost

Tip

15:35 Newmarket
Power of Darkness silk

Power of Darkness

lost
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