Thursday’s racing tips – 2/1 NAP to soar to victory in July Meeting opener

Newmarket races.

Newmarket races.

Our expert takes a look through all of Thursday’s races on day one of the July Meeting and selects a prime challenger in the opening race of the afternoon as his NAP of the day with Coral on Thursday 11th July.Sign up with Coral today, place your first bet of £5 on our NAP of the day at Newmarket and you’ll receive £20 in free bets!

1:50pm Newmarket Bahrain Trophy (Group 3) 1m4f

Spanish Mission was a 20/1 shot when he ran Private Secretary close in the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood. David Simcock’s charge should come again for the extra furlong, and he will need to if he wants to mount a serious challenge. Barbados will be dropping back in trip, having run an excellent race to place second in the Queen’s Vase and no runner of Aidan O’Brien’s can be passed up too lightly.

That being said, I’m not sure how well the form of this year’s Queen’s Vase will stack up. Of the six horses who were sent off at single-figure prices, four of them crossed the line at the rear of the field, so it’s clear many of the fancied horses severely under-performed and I’d be included to take Barbados on until he has proven that performance was no flash in the pan.

All of the previous four Bahrain Trophy winners took part in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. EAGLES BY DAY stayed on beyond Private Secretary and Pablo Escobar to place third in that Group Two and I think Michael Bell’s charge has an excellent chance of claiming a first major victory as he drops down in class on Thursday.

Following an excellent victory over a mile-and-a-half at Salisbury, there was plenty of buzz around Bell’s colt heading into the Derby Trial at Lingfield. Despite tanking his way through the race, Eagles By Day found surprisingly little when he came off the bridle, struggling home on soft ground as Anthony Van Dyck proved his class.

True, both Frankie Dettori and James Doyle eased up on their mounts as Japan swept to an impressive victory at Ascot. However, I don’t think Danny Tudhope was going at full pelt in the closing stages either. Eagle By Day travelled sweetly throughout, brushing Private Secretary and Pablo Escobar aside at the two poll and was gaining on runner-up Bangkok with every stride as the finishing line arrived.

It was a performance of budding maturity in a race much deeper and more competitive than this. Eagles By Day really enjoyed the firm ground when winning nicely at Salisbury at the start of the year and this trip seems to be ideal. Michael Bell has a solid record at the July Meeting and Danny Tudhope, one of the stand-out jockeys at Royal Ascot, has been operating at a near-30% strike rate ever since. Eagles By Day looks a good-thing to me!