Murt Khan reflects on his Saturday winner and highlights a 28/1 chance at Newmarket worth an each-way interest in his latest daily tipping column.
Recommended bets: Breaking It Down
First Selection has had an unconventional winter out in Dubai, racing three times over trips ranging from 7f to 1m2f.
His best run came over 7f at Meydan when leading a decent field and weakening late on having forced a pretty strong pace. He's a horse who can maintain a very high cruising speed which helps him see out longer distances.
With this high cruising speed I have always felt he's had the speed for 6f. This is a really competitive race but he has a touch of class and has dropped down in the handicap. He should be running all the way to the line and I can see him out running his odds of 28/1.
One to Watch: 2.20 Newmarket
Everything went wrong for Cotai Glory from start to finish. Having stumbled from the gates he could never get competitve, when the pace quickened he hung left under Jamie Specer and looked all at sea. However, once hitting the rising ground he stayed on well and looks one to be on the right side of next time.
Saturday's Tips Review
5.05 Uttoxeter: I dismissed Compadre's chances in yesterday's article and he turned out to be the biggest threat to winning selection Optimistic Bias. The two battled out the lead for much of the race and it was only the winner's superior stamina that was the deciding factor. Compadre is the horse to take out of the race. I felt he was just a frustrating type, but the longer trip here allowed him to race within himself and compensation surely awaits this summer.
5.40 Uttoxeter: What Larks struggled to go the early gallop but did begin to creep into the race before being pulled up after the home turn. Hepijeu once again proved frustrating for his followers. He looked to hold every chance but found two too good in Jonagold and Lord Landen, who made all to win. Sage Monkey was the on-course gamble but raced quite freely before being pulled up. He was reported to have broken a blood vessel.
Posted at 0922 on 07/05/17.