Pick of the Pundits – Fury at Newmarket’s July meeting

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There may be six meetings across Great Britain and Ireland today but all eyes will be on Newmarket and what a quality card the home of racing has managed to attract.

It’s the first day of the July festival and while for some that means breaking out the sunglasses, summer dresses and champagne, for the 50 writers in the Racing Post naps competition it means dissecting a card stronger than a Wladimir Klitschko jab.

32 of the 50 writers have all napped a horse at Newmarket and while Esentepe may be a good thing in the 6.50 at Epsom according to the Blackpool Gazette and Western Mail, it’s Fury in the 4.05 at Newmarket that is the pick of the pundits.

16:05 Newmarket: Fury – 4/5

Only four races into his career and already Fury has become some sort of an enigma for punters.

William Haggas’ three-year-old justified favouritism on his first two stars, including in the Tatterstalls Millions 2-year-old trophy at Newmarket last year, but has since flattered to deceive, finishing 18L behind Frankel in the 2000 Guineas and was a beaten favourite at Sandown in May.

He’s a horse with bundles of ability and in this five-runner race, has the opportunity to prove this with a convincing win today.

Except in Cai Shen he has a very able challenger and its worth noting Kevin Walsh of the Irish Post, currently second in the naps table, has gone against Fury with his selection today.

Cai Shen finished second in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot last month despite being handed a bum draw and carrying top weight, and while he hasn’t won a race of the same calibre as Fury’s Newmarket win, he has more than enough ability to challenge the favourite today.

At odds-on Fury seems too short to back so the verdict is to take on Fury with Cai Shen.

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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.