Friday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for Newmarket and York

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1.50 Newmarket Declared Interest

2.05 York Music Society

2.25 Newmarket Sayyida

2.40 York Poet's Magic

3.00 Newmarket Romantic Time

3.35 Newmarket Master Of The Seas

1.50 Newmarket - Declared Interest

Godolphin are responsible for three of the 13 runners and all are in the first five in the betting, with Charlie Appleby's Wedding Dance the shortest price of that trio.

But his long absence - 419 days to be exact - is off putting and we're hardly rushing to back either of the Godolphin runners at the odds given they too are returning after long breaks.

Quite why Fooraat is as short as 3/1 is puzzling. Yes she looked an unlucky loser of a Listed contest at York last time, but that was over 2f further and she was well beaten in this contest 12 months ago when looking one paced.

Instead we'll take a chance at juicy odds on Ralph Beckett's Declared Interest, who has had excuses the last twice: didn't get home over 1m2f last time and was turned out too quickly at Ascot the time before having won six days previously.

That success came in a Newbury handicap but she did it without breaking too much sweat and is quite possibly only now coming to her full strength given her size.

The prospect of a dry week seals the bet - to small stakes each-way - as she's a top-of-the-ground filly really.

2.05 York - Music Society

Ayr Gold Cup third Mr Wagyu is a worthy favourite but odds of around 3/1 look plenty skinny enough in a race of this nature, and he's now had two quick races in a row having contested the Portland the weekend before.

For all he's a tough sort we have to go hunting for some value elsewhere, and we've settled on Tim Easterby's Music Society, who was scuppered by a high draw when finishing down the field in that Ayr contest.

He is best judged on a short head second over this track and trip in July, not the first time he's run well here, and his stable has really found some form of late, including when landing Saturday's Ayr Silver Cup.

2.25 Newmarket - Sayyida

For all she has the best form to offer, likely favourite Albaflora is worth taking on due to the drying ground as she's definitely better with some cut.

Charlie Appleby's Sayyida, who is in receipt of a 7lb age allowance, looks the best alternative as she's a winner over this track and trip, albeit in novice company, and is still improving.

Her narrow Listed second on the July Course two starts back is evidence of that and she wasn't beaten far into fourth in a French Group 3 last time (form boosted since), losing two places in the dying strides over an extended 1m4f.

Over today's slightly shorter trip and with her stable flying - 13-30, 43%, in the last fortnight - she looks sure to go close under William Buick.

Trainer Charlie Appleby is firing on all cylinders
Trainer Charlie Appleby is firing on all cylinders

2.40 York - Poet's Magic

With top weight and forecast favourite La Trinidad seemingly in the handicapper's grip, it could pay to look elsewhere and Poet's Magic, who is getting almost a stone, looks to have as good a chance as any.

This season's form figures of 216212132 (latest) tell you plenty about her consistency and she's still improving judging by her most recent close up second at Ayr, which was another personal best.

She's gone up just 1lb for that effort and looks certain to again run her race over what is her ideal trip of 7f, and with no concerns should the ground dry out further as she's versatile in that respect.

3.00 Newmarket - Romantic Stone

Majestic Glory had the form of her Sweet Solera success boosted when the second, Wild Beauty, won a US Grade 1 at the weekend, and it's hard to argue against her being favourite for this 7f Group 3.

That said, favourites don't have the greatest record - 2041322314 since 2011 - and she has little in hand over her rivals on official ratings.

Of these, William Stone's Romantic Time, who is rated just 1lb inferior, makes plenty of appeal at the odds having won a well contested Group 3 at Salisbury on her most recent outing in ready fashion.

That race, which was run in a good time on a stiff track, was her first try over 6f, having won twice over the minimum previously, and her breeding suggests she might do better still over this extra furlong.

At the current odds it's worth paying to find out and she'd surely be a lot shorter if residing in a bigger stable.

3.35 Newmarket - Master Of The Seas

We're not looking any further than Master Of The Seas, whose neck second behind Poetic Flare in the 2000 Guineas is by far the best form on offer.

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Charlie Appleby's three-year-old has not been seen since, an absence of 146 days, but he might not have to be 100 per cent fit to land this Group 2 prize, with even bigger assignments to come in the autumn.

His stable form is also compelling and it doesn't harm his chances either that he's getting 4lb from main market rival Benbatl, who has less scope for improvement at the age of seven.

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