Pick of the Pundits – Tickled Pink looks lay of the day at Newbury

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The huge gamble was landed at Doncaster yesterday after Stonefield Flyer landed the Laurie Bolger Happy Birthday Memorial Novice Stakes.

Backed in to 1/4 having opened at 1/2 in the morning, Keith Dalglish’s two-year-old absolutely hosed home to enhance Frederick Engels’ form further, and Stonefield Flyer is definitely one to watch after staying 6f.

The Molecomb (preferred) or the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood look next on the agenda for Stonefield Flyer and punters will be licking their lips at the thought of his next appearance.

His win meant good news for Alan Keyte, Steve Simpson and Jeffrey Ross yesterday and we’re focusing on Ross’ selection today.

13:55 Newbury: Tickled Pink – 5/6

Backing an odds-on runner in an 18-runner field is always a dangerous proposition but following her maiden start at Leicester last month in which she finished second behind Russelliana, the runner-up of the Group 2 Hinton Stakes at Newmarket, Tickled Pink is very well supported today.

She is napped by four writers in today’s naps competition but three of those are in awful form and Henry Cecil’s horse has to be the lay of the day.

Half of this Class 4 maiden fillies’ stakes field are making their career debuts and with Richard Hannon and Brian Meehan saddling runners, this race is wide open.

There’s no doubt Tickled Pink’s form was enhanced by Russelliana’s win at Newmarket’s July Meeting but and she performed very well at Leicester.

But there are too many unknown quantities in today’s race to back Tickled Pink at such a short price in an 18-runner field and punters should be looking elsewhere for each-way value.

The Richard Hannon/Ryan Moore partnership on Idols Eye (22/1) has to respected as does Tamima (25/1) for Brian Meehan’s stable, but Shannon Spree should come on for her first start and looks the each-way pick at 16/1.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.