The Messenger has two bets for the opening day of the Craven meeting at Newmarket.
Roller represents the Mick Easterby yard that has made its usual strong start to the season. Despite Roller being absent for ten months, he is fancied with the eyecatching booking of Silvestre de Sousa. He won first time out for his current trainer after a six month absence at Newcastle in late 2016. After that winter campaign he then defied another three month break to win at Redcar at this time last year. He went on to be narrowly defeated on softish ground at Ripon and remains unexposed.
Newmarket 5.20: Taurean Star
A winner on his first start of 2016 and again in 2017, Taurean Star can repeat the trick for a third time, on this occasion representing a new team in Ralph Beckett.
His win in 2016 came in a red hot handicap at Ascot where he defeated the top class Banksea. He continued to race solidly that year, but without winning. However he again stepped up his game to win first time out at Yarmouth last year, this time over today’s trip of 7f.
His form thereafter tailed off rapidly, but he is now back to the same mark as his Yarmouth win and perhaps a change of scenery will work wonders for him too.
1pt win – Roller – 4.10 Newmarket at 8/1 with Bet Victor
0.75pts each-way – Taurean Star – 5.20 Newmarket at 14/1 with BetVictor