August 6 Racing Tips: Zabeel Champion to triumph at Newmarket

Planet Sport tipster Luke Elder returns with his thoughts and best tips from action at Thirsk, Newmarket and Brighton on Friday, August 6.

Well done you, it's finally the end of the week. So why not put a spring back in your step ahead of the weekend with some winners from Luke's selection below.

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Clodovea (1.00 Thirsk)

Pagan (3.00 Brighton)

Zabeel Champion (6.38 Newmarket)

1.00 Thirsk - Clodovea

Elder says: "The 1.00 at Thirsk is an intriguing contest on paper. A massive field to look at for this fillies' nursery handicap over seven furlongs where plenty would have their chance in this race, and there are plenty of unknowns in the contest aswell, so good luck to me.

"But I'm going to side with Clodovea for Tim Easterby and Tony Hamilton who the last three times hasn’t run badly whatsoever - was third at three starts ago and followed that up with a win a couple of starts back.

"That was off a four pound lower mark as well and last time out in Musselburgh things didn’t go to plan (it) was actually behind the horse that Clodovea managed to beat a couple of runs ago but that run at Musselburgh I do think is worth retreating a little bit more carefully. 

"As we say Musselburgh can be more a front-runners track on the river. It was exactly that last time around and Clodovea just couldn’t get into the contest. However, she did manage to get into second place. I do think a strongly run seven at Thirsk will very much suit Clodovea and she can return to winning ways. Her biggest danger may come in the form of Chanson D’amour who ran a really good race at Doncaster last time around.

"I think that's a pretty hot contest as well behind Galileo Glass. Mount Rainier came into the race in good form as well and was back in third place. I think there's more to come from Chanson D'amour but may just have to settle for second once again."

3.00 Brighton - Pagan

Elder says: "Well the 3.00 in Brighton is one of the features of the Brighton season in the Brighton Bullet run just over shy of six furlongs and a wide open race as you’d expect filled with plenty of Brighton specialists. The likes of Shamshon won here earlier on in the week, he’s in very good form as of late for the Tom Morley team.

"I do think as well Minhaaj could potentially run okay at a bit of a price. Not exactly a Brighton specialist, not really a winning specialist actually - two from 17 in her career thus far. That last win came back in 2020 as well. Minhaaj does have to return to winning ways but recent efforts haven't been too bad (and) obviously ran well here on a couple of occasions at Brighton without winning then at last time at Ascot didn't really run too badly. Minhaaj from the each way standpoint.

"But I do think Pagan could potentially be the best of these going forward, was a good second in York last time around. Form York to Brighton we don't really see ventured all too often but that was seven furlongs behind Northern Express. I think the drop down to six as well will help Pagan out once more. So Pagan it is for me in the Brighton Bullet, a wide open contest as you would expect though."

6.38 Newmarket - Zabeel Champion

Elder says: "We’re heading off to HQ for the final selection of the day with the 6.38 at Newmarket. A mile-and-a-half handicap that is filled with a few progressive sorts - the likes of Mackram I thought did pretty well to win at Sandown last time around coming from a fairly long way back in the field. He is capable of a bit better than that however, with that form at Sandown, there were a few disappointments in that contest.

"I do prefer that run at the time before Redcar at the Zetland Gold Cup behind Good Birthday who has gone on to make that form look quite nice. I do think there is more to come from Markram but at the likely prices we're going to look elsewhere. We're going to look at Zabeel Champion who's won six times in his career, three of them have come at Newmarket and he's only ran at the track three times.

"That's the mix of course of the Rowley Mile - two wins on that course and then one win on the July course - all of them being fairly impressive. The two later ones more in smaller fields but he doesn't have to lead any more; that's not a necessity. He can lead if he wishes to do so but I think his stablemate State of Bliss might try and take up that mantle.

"I do think that Zabeel Champion could have stood off State of Bliss and try and pick things off later in the day. But a return to Newmarket very much a positive. The Johnston yard going okay at the moment as well and I do think Zabeel Champion can make it four from four at HQ."

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