Four horses to back at Newmarket on Thursday September 23

The three-day Cambridgeshire meeting gets underway on Thursday and Planet Sport experts are keen on the chances of four runners at HQ.

Here's a quick snapshot of Thursday's Newmarket selections. Click on the horse's name to have a punt with Planet Sport Bet.

1.35 Newmarket - Mr Professor

3.20 Newmarket - Max Vega

4.30 Newmarket - Bake

5.05 Newmarket - Babindi

1.35 Newmarket - Mr Professor

Alice Haynes' juvenile was entitled to be useful given his purchase price of 105,000gns last October, and so he has proved by winning both his handicap starts this term in good style.

The way he picked up impressively when asked at Bath last time, having travelled well throughout, certainly caught our eye and even a 6lb subsequent rise might not be enough to stop him landing the hat-trick this afternoon.

3.20 Newmarket - Max Vega

Ralph Beckett's charge looks the one to be on for this 2m Listed contest having shown his wellbeing with a fine fifth (of 20) in York's Ebor when last seen out.

That run can be upgraded further as he didn't enjoy a clear passage through that high-class handicap, getting little room until over one furlong out and finishing well.

That he had split the York 1-2 when seventh on his previous start over the same course and distance also suggests he would have been bang there at the finish with a clearer run.

Clearly he retains all the ability he showed when winning a Group Three on the Rowley Mile as a juvenile and, having been quite highly tried subsequently - he was an also-ran in last year's Derby - he really ought to be up to winning at this level.

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4.30 Newmarket - Bake

Dennis Coakley's three-year-old hinted at real promise on his two juvenile starts over 7f, looking a ready-made winner, and he's certainly confirmed that promise this term, winning both his starts over today's mile trip.

After hacking up at Yarmouth on his seasonal reappearance, he just got the better of a bunched finish when making his handicap debut at Doncaster, the form of which was boosted when the runner-up went one better subsequently.

The handicapper could only put him up 2lb for that short head victory and there's almost certainly more to come from him after just four starts, starting with a succesful hat-trick bid at today's meeting.

He holds an entry in the big mile handicap at Ascot on Champions Day but realistically he needs to win a couple more times to get into that contest, given his current rating in the low 80s.

5.05 Newmarket - Babindi

Babindi's 1-8 career record doesn't tell the whole story as William Haggas' filly has finished runner-up on three occasions by small margins, including when going down by a neck at Nottingham when last seen out in August.

That has to go down as another personal best as the winner, True Scarlet, has won again since and has a Group entry later this week, while the third Tregony has also done her bit to frank the form.

Further positives can be taken from her sole win at Bath two starts back, which came in cosy fashion from a subsequent winner, while her nose second behind Barn Owl in a Ripon novice back in May reads well too, with the winner going on to better things and now rated 91.

Clearly still improving and off what looks a fair mark of 85, she should take plenty of beating under Tom Marquand, who is likely to make plenty use of her given she likes to race up with the pace.

Tom Marquand won't be hanging around on Babindi
Tom Marquand won't be hanging around on Babindi

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