Thursday 20 July 2017
Thursday's Best Bets: Be prepared to Battle
3:35 Hamilton - Hochfeld (5/6)
One three-year-old who certainly looks to be going the right way is Hochfeld, he won easily and cantered clear only five days ago and should follow up despite a rise in the weights. His 9lb rise is fair, but this doesn't look the strongest of races and he should be far too good yet again.
5:50 Leopardstown - Battle Of Jericho (10/11)
One of the day's best bets comes in the form of this excitingly bred Ballydoyle prospect. He ran nicely on debut to finish third at this track behind the two joint favourites. On his next start, Ryan Moore jumped on him, to miss out on eventual winner US Navy Flag. He could only finish fourth that day, but the booking suggests they expected a lot more. He should be too good for this field, providing he can step up a little.
6:30 Epsom - Dichato (10/11)
John Gosden's advancing two-year-old looks good enough to finally get his head in front after two very close attempts. He's been beaten narrowly at Newmarket on his last two starts, and today could be the day he finally breaks his maiden. He's yet another that lured in Ryan Moore on his last start, the signs are all too pleasing for the son of super sire Scat Daddy.
7:15 Doncaster - Shootingthe Breeze (4/1)
After an encouraging effort at Haydock a fortnight ago, this looks another hot prospect set for a maiden victory. He is bred very well, and finished fourth at the Lancashire venue when still quite green. If he can settle and mature, he could be the one to land the spoils.
£2 Yankee (£22 in total) returns £240.