The Briefing: Paul Kealy’s pointers for Newbury after rain

Umbrellas at Newbury

Newbury: going has turned heavy from good to firm overnight

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Today’s big races

3.40 Ayr: Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes

3.45 Listowel: Guinness Handicap (Premier Handicap)

3.55 Newbury: Haynes, Hanson Clark Conditions Stakes

4.15 Ayr: William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup

4.25 Newbury: Dubai Duty Free Cup Stakes

Going update

Ayr: Soft, good to soft in places

Newbury: Heavy (from good to firm, good in places)

Hexham: Good, good to soft in places

Newton Abbot: Good, good to soft in places

Listowel: Heavy (Flat), Soft to heavy, heavy in places (jumps)

Key non-runners

4.15 Ayr: 18. Noble Peace

3.55 Newbury: 3. Law And Order, 4. Ultimate Avenue, 5. Bay Of Poets, 7. Red Ensign

4.25 Newbury: 6. Naadirr, 2. Certificate, 8.Yuften, 9. Code Red, 12. Almashooqa

Betting update
We can expect a huge amount of non-runners after 74mm of overnight rain turned the going to heavy at Newbury, but a few horses might be in their element, writes Paul Kealy.

The opening two maidens do not feature many horses by sires whose progeny are renowned for soft-ground performers, which is hardly surprising givin the initial going.

No Not Again (1.40 Newbury)
No Not Again is by Roderic O’Connor, who has had one winner on heavy plus three more seconds from ten runners and can also boast a 17 per cent strike-rate on soft ground. The concern there is that trainer Richard Hannon has only a two per cent strike-rate in September.

Leah Freya (2.45 Newbury)
Leah Freya has run just three times on ground with cut, finishing 141 and one of those successes came on heavy ground. All her best form is at Epsom, but that may just be a coincidence.

Another with Epsom-winning soft-ground form is Gawdawpalin, who hosed up in a valuable handicap that worked out very well on Derby day. He didn’t run well back from a break last time, but that was on much faster ground.

Cymro (3.20 Newbury)
Cymro seems fairly obvious. He scored his first ever win on ground faster than good to soft at Haydock last time, but was at his most impressive at the start of the season when bolting up on soft ground at Thirsk.

Aclaim (4.25 Newbury)
Aclaim, a fast-ground winner over a mile last time, had no problem with easy ground when a heavily-punted winner at Newmarket in April. His proven ability over further will be an asset.

Pasaka Boy (5.30 Newbury)
Pasaka Boy could be of interest. It’s fair to say he has been out of form in four starts this season since missing a year, but is 12lb lower now and his form figures on soft or heavy read 183142. One of those wins came in this very race in 2013.


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