Newbury Weatherbys Super Sprint betting and odds
Weatherbys Super Sprint betting preview
Another big sprint handicap provides this Saturday’s feature race for Newbury’s Dubai Summer Festival – Weatherbys Super Sprint, writes Mikey Mumford. The sharp 5f sees twenty-five runners head to post for a share of the £200,000 purse. The race is restricted to two-year-old thoroughbreds horses sold as yearlings by public auction and the weights each will carry are determined by the sale price of the horses. Richard Hannon has won this race seven times since its inauguration in 1991 and he saddles four this time in his bid for gold and his unbeaten colt Eureka tops the early market.
Found a couple too good on his first two starts but Electric Qatar (14/1) did pull a little hard last time at Haydock and warrants respect here. Tom Dascombe’s yard is in fine form and stable jockey Richard Kingscote takes the ride and the stiff 5f should suit a horse that breaks well and can take up the running.
Racked up a hat-trick of wins after landing her maiden over 5f at Beverley in April; Lily’s Angel (7/1) does most of her work inside the final furlong and landed the Empress Stakes at Newmarket latest. Fifth in the Albany at Royal Ascot, she is equally adept on soft ground and has won over further; place claims at the least.
Ed McMahon trained John Fretwell’s Temple Meads to victory in this last year and they combine again with Impassive (12/1) this time. Difficult to know what this filly achieved in her maiden against weak opposition at Nottingham but a likely improver; not one to rule out for connections.
Redact (6/1) is unbeaten in his first two starts for Richard Hannon and his going away win on the polytrack at Lingfield was most impressive. He brought forward that form on turf last time at Salisbury justifying odds on favouritism over 6f. Ryan Moore rides and he should make a bold hat-trick bid.
The nature of Mention’s (14/1) victory over 6f at this course last time was eye-catching considering she was headed well over halfway and got back up inside the final furlong. She was off the pace on her first racecourse appearance at Lingfield on good to firm but still plugged on well to take fourth; likely to improve again with the in-form Silvestre De Sousa aboard.
Eureka (9/2) was always travelling well under a patient Richard Hughes ride on route to winning his maiden at 16/1 over slightly further at Nottingham. He won well next time on much firmer ground at Salisbury and should give this a good go in his hat-trick bid. Probably just about the one to beat on paper, he could give Richard Hannon his eight success in this race.
Plenty in with chances as one would expect with these big sprints but Richard Hannon holds a strong hand with both Eureka and Redact who should go close in their hat-trick bids. Impassive cannot be ruled out for connections who won this race twelve months ago but MENTION can hold them all off after winning over further here last time. [Mikey Mumford]
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