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Horse racing tips: Lion's the Pride of Newmarket

Friday marks the second day of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire meeting and Robbie Wilders from the Racing Post eyes up three bets at Headquarters.

Robbie Wilders' tips:

1.50 Newmarket - Ameynah @ 9/1
2.25 Newmarket - Running Lion @ 3/1
5.20 Newmarket - Lion's Pride @ 2/1

Prices correct at time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

1.50 Newmarket - Ameynah @ 9/1

bet365 are offering four places in the Listed Rosemary Stakes that opens the card at Newmarket and AMEYNAH is the filly to back each-way in a wide-open heat despite her disappointment in the Upavon Stakes last time out.

Ameynah simply didn't stay 1m2f when fading into seventh that day, and is well worth another try over a mile back at her favourite course.

The Roger Varian-trained four-year-old landed her maiden impressively on the Rowley Mile last April before producing an eye-catching sixth in the 1,000 Guineas just 18 days later, a fine effort for such an inexperienced filly on her third career start after she was a big drifter in the betting. 

She failed to make the track for 454 days after that, but proved she had trained on when a close fourth in the Group 3 Valiant Stakes behind a decent yardstick in Random Harvest in July, racing too keenly early doors. Those exertions clearly took their toll after the long absence and I'm not giving up on her. 

Robbie Wilders' tip:

Ameynah @ 9/1 - 1pt each-way

2.25 Newmarket - Running Lion @ 3/1

If Ameynah scores that is going to pay a big compliment to RUNNING LION in the following Group 3 Princess Royal Stakes, although regardless of what happens in the Rosemary, I'm expecting this daughter of Roaring Lion to do the business. 

Running Lion was a warm order going into the Upavon following a 59-day break after things didn't go to plan for her in the English and French Oaks, and joint-trainer John Gosden stated after the race that he didn't train her hard ahead of that Salisbury contest.

It was an encouraging effort in the circumstances under a 3lb penalty to only give best to a thriving mare in State Occasion, whose previous fourth in the Group 2 Middleton Stakes was working out really well, and Running Lion gives the impression going up to 1m4f on decent ground will be the making of her. 

She isn't really bred to go on soft ground but motored through that surface when pummelling subsequent dual Group 2 winner and mud-lover Sumo Sam in the Pretty Polly Stakes at this course in May, and might yet develop into a top-level performer. 

Robbie Wilders' tip:

Running Lion @ 3/1 - 2pts win

5.20 Newmarket - Lion's Pride @ 2/1

The late Roaring Lion sires another interesting runner on the card at Newmarket and that is LION'S PRIDE, who is worth backing in the Listed Dubai Stakes.

Lion's Pride caught the eye at Kempton in July after brushing aside high-class stablemate Middle Earth, who went on to easily land the Melrose, with the minimum of fuss. He was then thrown in at the deep end for his first outing on turf as the sole three-year-old against smart opposition in the August Stakes at Windsor, and wasn't suited by the race turning into a sprint.

Lion's Pride reopposes with Candleford on 2lb better terms for a length defeat and the winner franked the form by chasing home Arc dark horse Bay Bridge from an unpromising position in the September Stakes recently. 

Any horse who is capable of recording a Racing Post Rating of 112 on just their third run and first on the grass is clearly smart, and this colt, who is a half-brother to Gold Cup winner Courage Mon Ami, is sure to appreciate the step up to 1m4f on this more testing track and can only improve. 

Robbie Wilders' tip:

Lion's Pride @ SP - 1pt win

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