Expert Eye: Analysis and tips for Newmarket on Friday August 6

Punters have the pick of seven British meetings on Friday, but the Planet Sport experts are being selective and concentrating their efforts on Newmarket's evening card.


5.38 All In Aladdin (next best)

6.08 Hafit

6.38 Makram (nap)

7.08 Princess Nadia

7.38 Abate

Going All In Aladdin

Ollie Pears' juvenile has shown enough in four starts to suggest he's capable of getting off the mark in the 7f seller on the card (5.38pm).

He ran another seller over 6f at York two starts back - one of the most valuable of its kind and well contested at that with 20 going to post - and the way he kept on doggedly into third strongly suggested he would improve for an extra furlong.

While beaten on his nursery debut over 7f last time, there was no disgrace in that as that was his first start away from fast ground, and a slow start didn't help his cause either.

The drop back into selling company, combined with the application of first-time cheek pieces, can do the trick here with Tom Marquand, who is having his first ride for the in-form stable, doing the steering.

Hafit bred for the job

It will be disappointing if Charlie Appleby's impeccably bred juvenile fails to make a winning start in the 7f maiden (6.08pm), given that he cost 2.1 million guineas as a yearling.

Trainer Charlie Appleby is hoping Royal Crusade can return to form in the Hackwood Stakes
Trainer Charlie Appleby is hoping Royal Crusade can return to form in the Hackwood Stakes

While he doesn't hold any fancy entries at this stage, the son of Dubawi (out of a Galileo mare) should know his job first time up given the stable record of 1-3 strike rate with juvenile runners.

A strong market move would increase confidence further.

More to come from Makram

Twice a winner at three, Roger Charlton's four-year-old was back in the winners' enclosure at Sandown (1m2f) in early July, having shaped like a future winner when a good second in the Zetland Cup previously.

While he's up 4lb in the weights, there's a strong chance he will improve for the additional two furlongs he faces this evening, given his dam was a 1m4f winner and a sister to Youmzain.

Boss Power, his chief rival according to the betting, has shown all his best form on an all-weather surface, and disappointed the last time he ran on turf at Salisbury.

James Doyle, who is the leading the jockey stats here for the current season, again gets the leg up.

Princess Nadia a filly on the up

John and Thady Gosden's three-year-old got off the mark at the third time of asking at Newbury 20 days ago under today's jockey Hollie Doyle, winning far easier than her winning margin suggests, and an opening handicap mark of 81 looks generous.

Hollie Doyle gallops gets the leg up on Princess Nadia
Hollie Doyle gallops gets the leg up on Princess Nadia

An eye-catcher on her Salisbury debut back in May, she was less than a length behind the winner Mandoob on her next start, and that form was boosted when her conqueror went on to finish second in a Group 3.

She's getting weight from both her rivals in this evening's contest (7.08pm). Fellow three-year-old Brunnera has shot up the weights after winning over course and distance two starts back and has to concede her 5lb, while the year older Deep Snow is giving away almost a stone.

No let up from Abate

It often pays to follow a sprinter in form and that certainly applies to Adrian Nicholls' Abate, who is attempting a hat-trick in the closing 6f handicap (7.38pm).

The 5lb penalty he carries for his latest success over course and distance is offset by his rider Callum Hutchinson's claim and, having made all on that occasion, he's going to take some catching this evening.

Dancinginthewoods, the other last-time-out winner in the field, is respected, although he's not the type that wants to be in front too soon.

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