Friday’s racing tips – 2/1 NAP to crash the partee at Newbury
Our expert takes a look through all of Friday’s cards and selects a prime contender in the Listed feature at Newbury as his NAP of the day with Coral.
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3:40pm Newbury Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed Race) 6f
Most definitely the race of the day, I wouldn’t be surprised if a very nice horse or two came out of this Listed contest. Dream Shot looks open to improvement over six furlongs as he matures and Misty Grey can use all the experience she gathered at Epsom and Royal Ascot. That being said, the top two in the market boast a little more star potential than the other five runners I expect both to be right there at the finish.
After clocking a hugely impressive RPR of 96 during his maiden victory in May, Kevin Ryan had this race in mind for Repartee. The son of Invincible Spirit clearly has bundles of ability. However, AL AAKIF has already come out and built on his maiden triumph with a second course victory and I think he will have the edge over his market rival.
Jim Crowley was in the saddle as Al Aakif won on debut, despite showing plenty of immaturity before the race. A step up in class and trip then followed at York, as William Haggas’ colt carried a penalty into another Novice Stakes on Dante Day. Al Aakif looked much more mature on his second course start, powering clear of his rivals in the final furlong to secure a second-straight win.
Haggas’ stable have maintained a strike rate of around 30% throughout the entire season and his horses often go well on this track. Crowley too is in particularly fine form, scoring with 28% of his rides in the last 12 months and three victories in four rides over the past two days. You would be surprised if Al Aakif hadn’t progressed again between runs and it could take a very high calibre performance to deny him a hat-trick on Friday.