Angus McNae's Thursday tips: a clearer run from this 7-1 chance can result in Atzeni and Gosden in the winner's enclosure

By Angus McNae
Thu 12 Jul 2018

Angus McNae has struck with 16-1, 7-1, 7-2, 5-2, 6-4 and 10-11 winners in the last three weeks and puts up his selections for Saturday's Darley July Cup and Thursday's action at Newmarket.

I put up two winners in last week's Thursday column and with some superb action at Newmarket on the opening day of the Moet & Chandon July Festival I am hopeful of more success. First a brief word about the Darley July Cup on Saturday.

The fastest horse in the July Cup is Blue Point. At his favoured track (Ascot) he fired a blockbuster time when storming to King’s Stand glory. He can win the July Cup but I am not sure he can repeat that effort over a furlong further at Newmarket.

I prefer to be with Commonwealth Cup winner Eqtidaar and Wokingham runner-up Dreamfield and will be backing them both.

Eqtidaar fired a big Timeform time figure when winning the Commonwealth Cup and will be well suited to six furlongs at Newmarket, particularly if his effort is delayed a bit longer than it was at Ascot.

Dreamfield was second in the Wokingham which many will think gives him no chance here. However the clock tells us he ran very fast and was far too keen early on in the race.

I rate him as the winner of that race and he has bags of potential, which makes him a real player here.

1.50 Newmarket - First Eleven at a generally available 5-2:

This horse should have won the King George V handicap at Royal Ascot.

He was boxed in by runner-up Corgi for much of the final two furlongs.

When he did get out he flew up the rail to be beaten just a neck and a nose. Prior to that effort he had looked thoroughly progressive and he can regain the winning thread on the July Course.

2.25 Newmarket - Advertise at a generally available 6-4:

By finishing a length second to Calyx in the Coventry Stakes this horse boasts the best form in this race.

That was only his second start and more improvement could be forthcoming.

His Timeform time figure there is the best in this race and whilst there are more fashionable yards represented that may only serve to ensure that we get a bigger price than we probably should.

3.00 Newmarket - Jawwaal at 7-1 with Bet365, Betfair and Paddy Power:

This horse won at Lingfield and Kempton in May and it is arguable that he should have won a competitive handicap at York last time.

If you can review the video of that race above you will surely conclude that he would have gone very close with a clear run.

He travelled strongly behind the leaders and just when he was about to open up he was stopped in his run.

I believe he can make up for that disappointment here off a mark of 89, that mark unchanged for his luckless effort last time. He rates as a strong selection in a competitive sprint.

3.35 Newmarket - Mirage Dancer at a generally available 9-4:

I am a big fan of the jockey James McDonald but he did not enjoy his finest hour on this horse in the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot.

His decision to leave the rail in the home straight backfired and he could not gather any momentum thereafter.

Better than the bare result he can continue his progression. Barsanti is a big danger as is the potential lack of pace but Ryan Moore is back on board, the first time he will have ridden him this year and that coincides with this horse being an improved performer.

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