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Borderlescott is carrying 9lbs more than any horse that has won this race in the last ten renewals. Punters have latched on to him because he is supposedly well drawn. However, studying the history of the race suggests the draw is a complete imponderable. At the odds, a small investment in Grantley Adams, each-way, seems a smarter bet. He was placed in listed company last time out and 25/1 is a fair price.
The John Smith’s Stakes at Newbury is largely made up of battle-weary handicappers. That standout is John Gosden’s three-year old Pipedreamer. This Selkirk colt gets better with every race and so long as the ground stays on the fast side this should be well within his compass. The same card boasts a decent Group 3 sprint in which Enticing is chanced.
3.10 Newbury: Pipedreamer (win)
3..30 Ayr: Grantley Adams (each way)
3.45 Newbury: Enticing (win)