The Flat season is winding down but we still have a decent card at Newmarket to watch on Friday. Robbie Wilders from the Racing Post shares his three fancies.
Robbie's fancies are below and they include an interesting newcomer for top trainer Charlie Appleby.
The first division of the 7f novice (1.50) could go to a newcomer as those with previous experience hardly set an unassailable standard.
Physique did shape well when second at Nottingham on his debut and will handle the testing ground on offer at the West Suffolk track.
While his form is strong enough to win a half-decent maiden, there are plenty of interesting pedigrees on show among the debutants and Majestic Pride is picked to make the perfect start to his career.
Both of Majestic Pride's parents won Group 1s on soft ground and this half-brother to Farhh is bred to handle a slower surface on his debut for Charlie Appleby.
A first-time hood is a slight worry for a newcomer but he looks worth chancing nonetheless on these conditions.
The race of the day at Newmarket is the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF "Bosra Sham" Fillies' Stakes (2.40) and it is interesting that smart Irish filly Matilda Picotte makes the journey over for Kieran Cotter.
She finished third in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York last time and that race has worked out reasonably with the first and fourth finishing third and fourth in the Group 1 Middle Park next time.
However, she returns to the track following 71 days off which suggests she might have had issues in the interim and she has never encountered soft ground before.
This will be a completely different experience from the widest draw in stall ten for the early favourite and I’d rather side with Diamond Vega at a bigger price for Ralph Beckett.
The prospect of testing ground could expose a few in this contest and Diamond Vega will have no worries on the conditions. She cruised through the mud when a two-length novice winner on heavy at Haydock last time, following up a big-priced second on the all-weather on her debut in September.
This twice-raced filly is open to more improvement than any in this field bar rank outsider Premiere Beauty and can take the step up in class in her stride.
The presence of top-class chaser Allmankind in the 2m handicap (3.50) adds plenty of spice to the card and the six-year-old will have plenty of supporters.
Allmankind is potentially thrown in off a Flat mark of 86 considering he achieved that rating by running over trips of 1m2f or shorter a few years back, and due to the subsequent improvement he has found for the switch to jumping.
However, this is a deep contest with five last-time-out winners in opposition and I will be looking elsewhere.
Mister Camacho finished only second last time at Pontefract but can reverse the form with Flint Hill granted a better passage and is selected.
He was wide around the home turn and couldn’t mount his challenge until it was too late but produced a career-best performance on Racing Post Ratings in the process.
This three-year-old receives 8lb in weight for age from the other runners and remains open to progression as a stayer, with only five runs in such races.
Mister Camacho is also fitted with a first-time visor and Michael and David Easterby’s 19 per cent strike-rate when applying the aid is over double their overall success rate (9 per cent), which is encouraging.