Banker or blowout – How the favourites will get on in four of this evening’s major races

Mr Adjudicator returns to the flat after recent victories over hurdles.

Mr Adjudicator returns to the flat after recent victories over hurdles.

We take a look at the feature races at Epsom, Newbury, Tipperary and Bellewstown this evening and judge whether the favourite is a good thing or one to swerve.

When the hours of daylight increase and the midday temperatures soar during the summer, courses across Britain and Ireland often stage important meetings in the evening. Today, evening viewers have four excellent cards to keep them occupied, with high-profile courses in England and Ireland putting up bountiful sums of prize money.

We’ve focused on the favourites in major races across four different racecourses this evening to decided whether they will be a banker or a blowout.

7:15pm Epsom Sir Michael Pickard Handicap (Class 3) 6f

LITTLE BOY BLUE (3/1 Coral) has edged his way tentatively to the head of the market in this competitive little handicap sprint. Bill Turner’s four-year-old has been in consistent form this season, winning one of his eight starts and finishing outside the places just twice.

Ryan White has built up a good partnership with Turner’s gelding and he will take five pounds off his back once again. Little Boy Blue was, however, well beaten off a career-high mark in a easier race than this at Bath last month and the handicapper has, quite cruelly, bumped him up another couple of pounds for his troubles. He could struggle giving weight to some dangerously handicapped rivals.

Little Boy Blue verdict BLOWOUT 

7:20pm Tipperary Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m

The ever-green THOMAS HOBSON (6/5 Coral) has been backed into a very short price as he makes his return to National Hunt racing. Willie Mullins’ stalwart hasn’t jumped a hurdle since April 2017, plying his trade on the flat extremely well over the past couple of years, winning the Ascot Stakes two summers ago, while also scoring in the Doncaster Cup back in September.

Based on his previous rating of 150 over hurdles, Thomas Hobson should have the edge over market rivals, Band Of Outlaws and Tombstone. It has been so long since he has seen an obstacle in competition though, and it’s only been 14 days since a poor performance on testing ground in the Ascot Gold Cup. Whether he still has the pace in his ageing legs to succeed as a two-mile hurdler is debatable.

Thomas Hobson verdict BLOWOUT 

Thomas Hobson winning over hurdles back in 2017.

Thomas Hobson winning over hurdles back in 2017.

7:25pm Newbury Rancho Zabaco Handicap (Class 3) 1m4f

Flat racing’s power couple, John Gosden and Frankie Dettori team up with LOGICIAN (1/3 Coral) in the feature at Newbury this evening and it’s very hard to see how the odds-on favourite will get beaten.

A full brother to 99-rated Collide, this son of Frankel is two-from-two so far during his short career and has already won on this track, scoring on debut over ten furlongs here back in May. I wouldn’t want to back Logician at such a price, but I see no reason what-so-ever why his unbeaten record will come to an end this evening.

Logician verdict BANKER

8:40pm Bellewstown (Q.R.) Race 1m4f

Just when it seemed MR ADJUDICATOR (4/6 Coral) was going to end his first campaign outside juvenile company with a whimper, Willie Mullins’ five-year-old struck at odds of 20/1 in a lucrative handicap at the Punchestown Festival. Mullins youngster then proved his quality out in France, hacking up to claim victory in the Grade Two Prix la Barka.

On his final start on the flat for Joseph Murphy, Mr Adjudicator bolted up to win a mile-and-three handicap by five lengths off a mark of 76. This may be his first start on the level since that triumph in August 2017, but Derek O’Connor’s mount will be race-fit having won just 25-days ago and he could be 15, or even 20 pounds well-in, based on his mark over hurdles.

Mr Adjudicator verdict BANKER