It’s fair to say that our last few doubles have been truly ‘deadly’, in completely the wrong sense of the word as far as we’re concerned, so we’ve decided to put up a few extra selections this week, in the hope of a large return for a small outlay.
In the 2.35 at Newmarket, Haulani steps up in class off a 9lb higher mark, but fully deserves to do so after readily outpointing subsequent winner Quothquan at Salisbury last month. Course, going and distance are all fine and Paul Hanagan taking over from William Twiston-Davies in the saddle can hardly be considered a negative.
In the 3.40 at Newmarket, Escobar is 2-2 over 7 furlongs and while he may not quite fall into the ‘could be anything’ category, he certainly appears to be a smart recruit, who could be worth following. He only had to be pushed out to win the Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury on just his second start and the third and fourth from that race both won next time, so the form looks decent enough.
In the 4.15 at Newmarket, William Hunter has cocked a snook at the handicapper more than once already this season and the manner of his victory at Sandown earlier this month suggested he may be able to do so again. He steps up in class off a 5lb higher mark, but never looked like being beaten at Sandown and can make it four wins from his last five starts.
Last, but not least, we’re relying on Saeed bin Suroor’s progressive 3-year-old Great Order to bring home the bacon in the 5.20 at Newmarket. The Distorted Humour colt makes his handicap debut on a realistic mark after staying on well to win a conditions race at Ascot earlier this month and remains open to any amount of improvement after just four career starts.
Selections: Newmarket 2.35 Haulani, Newmarket 3.40 Escobar, Newmarket 4.15 William Hunter, Newmarket 5.20 Great Order (6 x 0.5-point Win Doubles, 4 x 0.5-point Win Trebles, 1 x 0.5-point Win Accumulator)