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Bunbury Cup preview

Big day of racing from around the UK today, and first cab off the rank is Calum Madell, @calummadell, with a look one of Newmarket's feature races. Please note, all today's previews were written last night, and prices/selections may be affected by non-runners as Britain's dismal 'summer' continues....

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32red Bunbury Cup

JAMESIE looks to have a big chance for David Marnane, a trainer that does so well in these races. He went very close at Ascot in the Buckingham Palace, leading his side home and he’s only 3lb higher here. The ground is fine and he has a great draw in 1 which should see him grab the rail.

Bonnie Brae has already come in for money and the soft ground looks to show her in the best light. She ran a great race in the Victoria Cup on her reappearance, the last time she ran on soft ground. She can go close.

Excellent Guest ran well in the Hunt Cup last time but is 4lb and now contests a career high mark on ground that he goes on but isn’t his favourite

Decent Fella caught the eye in the Buckingham Palace and is respected here with more to come from that run. One thing bearing in mind though is he does go best fresh.

Atlantic Sport has been quite a talking horse lately for what was a good win last week at Haydock in a striking time. Before that he ran close in the Buckingham Palace and everything suggests another big run is likely.

Belgian Bill was in behind the three mentioned in the same race as too were Imperial Guest, Castles In The Air and Bronze Prince. All four would have to move on from their runs in that.

Captain Bertie ran his race in the Hunt Cup but after his win at Newbury earlier in the year, the handicapper may have caught up. Mawaakef has a poor run last week to overcome though should be staying on well at the end.

Stevie Thunder is not without hope but hasn’t run on genuinely soft ground for a bit now. He ran well in the Hunt Cup last time though.

One I do like at a price is KING OF JAZZ who ran third in the Victoria Cup on his second start back but has been beaten twice since over 6f. 7f is better for him though and that run at Ascot showed ground like this is fine. A visor is tried and that may perk him up but he’s not handicapped out of it at all and is worth chancing at the price he is.

Advice – Jamesie 2.5pts win @7/1 generally
King Of Jazz 1.25pts e/w @25/1 generally


You can read more of Calum's work on his blog, TheYoungRacegoer

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Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes
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