STRADIVARIUS (3.30) can launch his four-year-old campaign in style by mopping up the Yorkshire Cup.

He made remarkable strides last season, winning three times from humble beginnings, the pick of them coming in the Qatar Goodwood Cup when taking the notable scalp of Big Orange.

Significantly, that success came on a sound surface and he produced another fine performance in the William Hill St Leger when a close third to Capri (good to soft). A muddy Ascot in October was all against Stradivarius when he lined up in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup but the son of Sea The Stars ran a very creditable third to Order Of St George. 

Lowther Stakes winner Threading is vying for favouritism in the Listed Fillies’ Stakes over a mile but meets a progressive rival in SHEIKHA REIKA (2.55).

Roger Varian’s filly ran consistently well in strong company as a juvenile and landed some hefty wagers when justifying that support on her comeback in a Newmarket maiden. She has a good bit to find on official figures but there should be more in the locker.

It’s a Friday frenzy with a glut of competitive action to digest and at Newbury LADY VALDEAN (3.05) is turned out again quickly after her Bath romp on Wednesday.

Clearly at home on the lightning-quick ground, the filly made all under Richard Kingscote to spread-eagle her field. Lady Valdean incurs a 6lb penalty but apprentice Joshua Bryan takes off 5lb. She appeals as a tasty ew bet at around 8-1.

The 1m 3f handicap is a cracking contest and BERKSHIRE ROYAL (4.45) caught the eye when just denied by Austrian School at Chester last week.

Jason Watson had him in an ideal stalking slot throughout and the pair had the race between them turning for home. Berkshire Royal races off the same mark before his 6lb higher rating for that Chester run kicks in and although this is a sterner test, he is receiving lots of weight from his rivals.

Mark Johnston saddled Austrian School and he relies on King’s Proctor. He is another horse due to go up in the handicap, this time by 9lb, on the back of his third to Rostopovich in the Dee Stakes at Chester, so must come into the reckoning. He likes to force the pace.

First Eleven got caught in a pocket before being switched at the furlong pole in the mud at Salisbury, running on into second behind well-ridden Westbrook Bertie. The son of Frankel can reverse that form and is another to enter calculations along with Caspar The Cub, a beaten odds-on shot at Lingfield. Winner Shailene went on to run fourth to Magic Wand in the Cheshire Oaks.

At Newmarket, Charlie Appleby sends ALQAMAR (3.55) up another two furlongs and the four-year-old was staying on stoutly behind Grey Britain and UAE Prince here 12 days ago.

Recommended Bets

Johnb's Friday Tips

  • York 2.20 – Nicki’s Angel 4-1 paddy power NAP
  • Newmarket 3.20 – Simoon 4-1 paddy power
  • Newmarket 3.55 – Alqamar 3-1 paddy powerNB
  • York 4.35 – Lady In Question 9-1 paddy power ew 1/4 odds 1-2-3
  • Hamilton 5.55 – Life Of Riley 7-1 boylesports ew 1/5 odds 1-2-3
  1. recoba 5 months ago

    Well done the winners. Got Cornet at 4/1 on a special offer in William Hill at midday yesterday,then went with ThePlug on Roaring Lion so it was a dam good day. Thanks!
    Be on a few of the tips tomorrow for another good days racing.
    After much deliberation heres a Trixie for tomorrow…

    No Lippy…2.20 5/1
    Del Parco…2.45 7/2
    Nordic Passage…3.40 11/8

    GL all ??

    • recoba 5 months ago

      Got to fancy Fly The Nest in the 2.00 at Newbury. 2nd last yime out and should be all the beter for it against rivals on there first outing.

      Fly The Nest…2.00 EVS (single**)
      Stradivarious….3.30 10/11(double pays just 4/1)

      • recoba 5 months ago

        *(double pays just under 3/1)

        • recoba 5 months ago

          Not great by Fly The Nest there? :/

          • 5 months ago

            Be care full betting against unraced ones mate.. they could be anything esp at bad odds.

            • 5 months ago

              Im with you on stradivarious though ?

              • 5 months ago

                Stradivarious wins well under frankie!! Well done nice tipping today. Alan as well with stradivarious. Night payed for! ???

                • recoba 5 months ago

                  Yeah mate its dodgy but i would expect Appelbys 2yo after a run to be better.
                  No harm,nicely donr by Stradivarious

            • 5 months ago

              have to agree with you mr chris ,my advice is never back in maidens

  2. double carpet 5 months ago

    NAP CROWN OF THORNS 6.50 down
    Got 11/4 about 1/2 an hour ago now 2/1 Best price

    NB COUNT OF CARABASS 5.25 cork
    Another being backed got 8’s now 13/2 but as low as 4’s

    EW AUBINEAU 11/1 6.00 cork


  3. ew thief 5 months ago

    Morning all well done winners yesterday
    Poets vanity 2.35n 9/1
    Ravenous 3.05n 10/1
    Desert skyline 3.30y 8/1
    Banditry 4.05y 8/1
    Dark intention 4.35y 16/1
    Night story 4.45n 9/1
    Birdette 5.40y 14/1
    Ew singles & ew super Heinz ☘️Gl all

  4. Johnb 5 months ago

    2:20 – Nicki’s Angel 4/1 paddy power NAP

    3:20 – Simoon 4/1 paddy power

    3:55 – Alqamar 3/1 paddy power NB

    4:35 – Lady In Question 9/1 paddy power eachway 1/4 odds 1-2-3

    5:55 – Life Of Riley 7/1 boylesports eachway 1/5 odds 1-2-3

  5. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    rivas rob roy 1.40 aerosphere 2.20 on to victory 3.30 capton 4.05 ifubelieveindreams 4.35 ew singles well done all winners yesterday

  6. raul 5 months ago

    Yankee on made up of today’s tips..

    Stradivarius – Alan’s headliner
    Crown of Thorns – DC NAP
    Nicki’s Angel – Johnb NAP
    Alqamar – Johnb NB

    GL – shame Plug didn’t have a NAP/NB in time ?

  7. 5 months ago

    raul sorry but i have been out enjoying the sun here ,but i do have a good one for later on at downpatrick 6-15
    el rouli 6/1 nap/nb

  8. 5 months ago

    Newbury 15:20

    Derick douval 10/1


    • 5 months ago

      One to watch next time. Finished in 4th at 14/1 just out of the places. I thought simoon was the lay of the day but i could never have picked that winner. Sorry anyone who followed.


  9. double carpet 5 months ago

    Been told

    RIPS DREAM 7.35 cork worth a few quid ew
    Price already hammered though

  10. 5 months ago

    A wise old english man once told me never bet heavily on 2 yo maiden races it is the way to the poor house

    Plugg and dc i am on yours in singles and ew dbls later

  11. ew thief 5 months ago

    Gaelic wizard 9.05h is fit as ? 25-1 ew ☘️?

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