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Newmarket best bet: Thursday’s Child attracts each-way interest in small-field handicap

We usually tend to steer clear of small-field races, but our friends at Tipstrr are all over an outsider in this five-runner handicap, so we couldn’t resist sharing its potential each-way value.

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If the early market is a reliable yardstick, then Gutsy Girl and Ananda should dominate proceedings here, with the bottom-weight Rosy Affair making up the trio of betting principals.

Gutsy Girl won at the second attempt last August to round off a promising juvenile campaign, and she looked like there was more to come when coming third of 11 on season debut at Windsor at the beginning of this month.

Ananda also won her last two-year-old outing back in 2022, and returned from a 20-month absence to come close-up runner-up on each of her appearances so far this term, both over this distance at Doncaster and Haydock.

Boasting much more impressive figures of 2121 in her four career outings to date, George Boughey’s Rosy Affair has wasted little time proving herself capable over five and six furlongs on both all-weather tracks and turf, and with William Buick taking over from usual rider Billy Loughnane, she arguably looks the best-value bet of the leading trio at around 7/2.

With just a couple of points covering those top three of the five starters, it would appear hard to make a case for the two outsiders to stake a claim for one of the first two spots, but according to Tipstrr’s each-way specialists, Thursday’s Child has been somewhat overlooked by the bookies.

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Her current odds are perhaps more a reflection of her last outing at York, when she underperformed in 0-100 Class 2 company, and she should be more at home in this smaller field of 0-85 handicappers.

Prior to that setback, Micky Hammond’s filly had made an eyecatching start to her career, showing great versatility to win a seven-furlong maiden on Newcastle’s all-weather track, before coping equally well in heavy going at Pontefract, where she landed her turf debut by 2½ lengths.

Pitched into a competitive seven-furlong handicap at York in May, she was far from disgraced in fourth of 15, less than two lengths adrift of the winner, and if able to reproduce that kind of form, she could well carry Sean Levey into a challenging position here.



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