The Messenger has two bets for Newmarket on Friday which are Wissahickon and Natural Scenery.
Newmarket 3.00: Wissahickon
A recent handicap run at York could have a big bearing on this contest. Mark Johnston’s duo that day line up again and look sure to make the running. However as on that day that could serve to set the race up for the winner tof that contest.
Wissahickon came out on top at York and could well do so again this afternoon. On handicap debut he showed an extremely willing attitude, jockey Rab Havlin having been hard at work throughout the final 2f. There is surely more to come on only his fifth career start and a horse with that level of determination can go far in this toughly contested races.
Newmarket 4.45: Natural Scenery
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor is hitting form now, following the lead of Godolphin colleague Charlie Appleby and after saddling the big winner here on Thursday can land another decent pot with Natural Scenery.
The mare has been falling between having to lump big weights in handicaps and not being quite up to group class. However the handicapper has dropped her slightly after a disappointing return to racing in Britain in the Northumberland Plate. Things did not go her way that day however – she was held wide throughout and raced without her usual headgear (cheekpieces reapplied today).
Second in that race last year, she was also an unlucky third in the Ebor over this 14f trip proving her ability to handle fast ground turf. She is now on a mark lower than for both of those fine efforts last summer and at current odds makes plenty of appeal as an each-way wager.
1pt win – Wissahickon – 3.00 Newmarket – 11/4 Paddy Power and Betfair
1pt each-way – Natural Scenery – 4.45 Newmarket at 8/1 with BetVictor