The Messenger has 3 bets today from Newbury and also Doncaster and they include Limato in the Lockinge Stakes.
Newbury 3.00: Masaarr
Masaarr has raced just the four times in his career, but has found plenty for pressure in all his races and made a professional entry into handicap races at Doncaster last time. He acts well on fast ground and should improve for this step up to 10f. In what could be a strongly run contest, his natural tracking the pace style should suit this race perfectly. He represents the trainer/jockey combination that won this valuable prize with the top class Defoe last season.
Newbury 3.40: Limato
Limato has tried and failed twice at this mile trip, but that was at a 4yo and looks well worth another go at this distance especially on his favoured fast ground. He was far from disgraced when a 2l fourth in this in 2016 and the going will be faster than that occasion today. He again displayed what a good horse he is when hacking up in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes on his last start in October and you would expect trainer Henry Candy to have got him cherry ripe for this comeback given the status of the race.
Doncaster 8.50: Envisaging
He does not have much turf form to go on, but my suspicion is that a strongly run 6f handicap in a big field could be the sort of situation that brings out the best in Envisaging.
The 4yo is normally seen on sand and has had two respectable runs on handicaps this winter at Kempton. However the races on the All Weather can often be very tactical and he can race keenly and waste too much energy early on.
This race should be run at a more even tempo and with the wily Silvestre de Sousa on board, I expect to see him cover the selection up for a late run on a track that often favours hold up horses. The gelding has been withdrawn due to soft ground on a couple of occasions so the expectation is that today’s faster going is what he wants.
1pt win – Masaarr – 3.00 Newbury at 11/4 with Paddy Power
1pt win – Limato – 3.40 Newbury at 5/1 with Betfair and 888Sport
0.75pts each-way – Envisaging – 8.50 Doncaster at 11/1 with Paddy Power and BetVictor