Ray Flanagan with Saturday selections
thought for the day: I should have more time for the horses now over the summer
Thundering Blue (4-1) was a winner yesterday. A few for a speculative interest today
Newbury 3.00- Dukhan
Pleasing reappearance at Newmarket when just chinned by subsequent listed placed Old Persian. Disappointed when favourite next time but race was not ideally run for him and horse seemed to lose his action. Worth another chance.
Newbury 3.40- Lightning Spear
Not a vintage renewal. Lightning Spear has been found wanting at this level previously but he could have his day in the sun with it hard to make a solid case for anything. Form tapered off somewhat last season but has previously been placed in Group One company against Minding and Ribchester and also a Queen Anne third to Tepin.
Fresh on quick ground might be the time he would strike.
Doncaster 7.20- Alrahaal
Caught my eye shaping in a pleasing manner at Goodwod last week having been caught racing a little wide throughout. Looks overpriced.
Uttoxeter 6.35- Shelford
Useful type over both hurdles and fences. Placed in decent company over fences last summer and repeat of those efforts could be good enough here.
0.5 pts ew-Dukhan-3.00- Newbury-10- General
1 pt ew-Lightning Spear-3.35 Newbury-16-1 SkyBet-5 places
1 pt win-Alrahaal-7.20 Doncaster-12-1 bet 365
1 pt win-Shelford-6.35 Uttoxeter-4-1 General