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Horse Racing Tips: Graeme Rodway's Newmarket tips

There is Group 1 action on Saturday at Newmarket and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway takes aim at the card.

Here are his three best bets at the course.

2.42 Newmarket

Laurel @ 6/1
1pt win

4.27 Newmarket

Swoon @ 6/1
1pt win

5.03 Newmarket

Canoodled @ 8/1
1pt win

Laurel looks a hardy sort in Sun Chariot

Saffron Beach is a warm order for the Royal Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (2.42) and her course form should stand her in good stead. However, she is no superstar and there might just be one in opposition because Laurel has looked very good in winning both of her two starts.

She is bred to be top class, being by Kingman and out of top-class Pretty Polly winner Promising Lead, and Laurel looks set to make her mark at the top level in this Group 1.

She looked special when showing a smart turn of foot to land a mile novice at the track on her debut in July and again had the speed to get herself out of trouble at Kempton last time.

Laurel was locked away on the inside that day and her main rival Pure Dignity got first run. However, when the gap arrived, Laurel brushed her aside with minimum fuss like a class act.

The fact John and Thady Gosden are willing to supplement her for a Group 1 straight out of just a novice speaks volumes about the ability she must be showing at home and let's not forget they have the best three-year-old miler in training at the stable in the shape of Inspiral.

The Gosdens don't tilt at windmills with horses like this unless they think they are right out of the top drawer and Laurel is capable of making a huge step up and causing a small upset.

Admire the chances of Swoon

The British Stallion Studs EBF Premier Fillies' Handicap (4.27) is a good little race but none of them have the potential of Swoon, who should prove a class apart returning to this course.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old's last run at Newmarket came at this meeting last season and she ran one of the best races of her career when second behind Via Sistina. The third State Occasion and fourth Achelois have both gone on to better things this campaign.

Swoon has run only twice since this year, both times on good to firm going, and those conditions might be too quick for her given her dam was at her best with cut in the ground.

Nevertheless, she still ran well in defeat on both occasions and put in an eyecatching display when coming from the rear to take third in a 1m4f handicap at Ascot on her last run in July.

She is capable of better than that back at this track and the forecast rain is in her favour.

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Embrace Canoodled in the last

The Racing TV Fillies' Handicap (5.03) is a really good opportunity for Canoodled, who loves Newmarket and is taken to bounce back from a poor run at Goodwood last time.

The Ed Walker-trained filly wouldn't have been suited by the tactical nature of that race and is better judged on her previous efforts at Ascot and Haydock.

She made eyecatching late headway on the second occasion at Haydock, shaping like she might be suited by a return to a straight track where they get racing earlier.

Her last run at Newmarket resulted in a two-length second in May on ground that would have been quicker than ideal and she won this race last year off a mark 1lb higher than this.

Any rain will be in her favour and Saffie Osborne is in the saddle. She is value for her claim.

By Graeme Rodway

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