On Thursday, 7 July, the horse racing NAP of the Day with SportsLens experts is Zechariah. An unlucky loser last time out, he contests the 1m 5f Group 3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket this afternoon (1:50). Freddie and Martyn Meade’s runner looks value to go one better at sweet 7/2 odds.
He’s not the only selection from Newmarket races today from our tipsters either. Check out all three of today’s picks below. Read on as we reveal why Zechariah is our horse racing NAP this Thursday:
- 1:50 Newmarket – ZECHARIAH (NAP) @ 7/2 with 888Sport
- 4:10 Newmarket – ALBAHR (EW) @ 7/1 with 888Sport
- 8:00 Leopardstown – ROSCARBERY (NB) @ 9/4 with 888Sport
Why will horse racing NAP of the Day Zechariah win?
A three-year-old Nathaniel colt, Zechariah was always bred to appreciate stepping up to a trip like this. He has one piece of juvenile horse racing form that reads very well in relation to this St Leger trial. Zechariah bested subsequent Irish Derby hero Westover in the Haynes, Hanson And Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury last autumn.
The runner-up has only not landed the premier Classic in the Emerald Isle, but is a hot favourite on top betting sites in the UK for the Leger at Doncaster. As Zechariah proved over two lengths too good for Westover, and the front pair pulled more than five lengths clear of the remainder, this reads very well indeed.
Nothing unexposed against the horse racing NAP of the Day here
He went down fighting by a head in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot last time out too. That is another recognised St Leger trial albeit in a higher grade. Now dropping slightly down in trip and not facing an unexposed rival like Eldar Eldarov, Zechariah could well go one better. Connections mean business as Ryan Moore now takes the ride for the first time.
He has a 27 per cent strike rate when teaming up with this yard. Zechariah just had to be our horse racing NAP of the Day for 7 July. A £10 punt on him with 888Sport at his current price returns £45 if he gets his head in front this time. New customers that sign up and place such a wager on Zechariah qualify for £40 in bonuses with more details later.
Albahr some solid each way value in Sir Henry Cecil Stakes
Later on the card, the Listed 1m Sir Henry Cecil Stakes field includes the returning Albahr back on British soil for the first time in almost 11 months. Already a globetrotting gelding for Godolphin and retained trainer Charlie Appleby, this three-year-old son of Dubwai will love the good to firm going.
Third to unlucky St James’s Palace Stakes second Lusail on his debut at York races last spring, Albahr went on to progress and land a four-timer. After consecutive victories at Haydock, he completed a hat-trick in the Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury. Albahr then went overseas and captured the Grade 1 Summer Stakes at Woodbine in Canada.
Although missing the Breeders’ Cup and disappointing when down the field and sent off favourite by horse racing betting sites for the UAE 2000 Guineas in the Middle East this winter, it could pay to put a line through that. Albahr had never raced on dirt before; so, now back on turf and summer ground, he looks a bit of each way value at 7/1.
Rosscarbery NB to horse racing NAP in Leopardstown feature
Later on Thursday evening, the feature race at Leopardstown in Ireland is the 1m 6f Group 3 Stanerra Stakes for fillies and mares (8:00). Rosscarbery ran a belter even if she was disqualified for weighing in light last time out, so looks well worth a wager for in-form trainer Paddy Twomey.
Connections of the four-year-old Sea The Stars filly are out for compensation after she finished third past the post in her last race result behind stable companion La Petite Coco – tipped in this column on 26 June – for the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes. This is a major ease in grade and stepping further up in trip looks a logical step for Rosscarbery, who won the Munster Oaks prior to this Curragh controversy.
Although penalised for her Cork win at this level, she simply looks the class act in the field. Roscarberry has a stamina laden pedigree and is out of a German-bred dam. Twomey as a 23 per cent career strike rate with his Leopardstown runners, so she looks worth back as the NB bet to our horse racing NAP at 9/4 despite top weight.
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Related to Our Horse Racing NAP of the Day
Here are all of the latest daily horse racing betting tips available on SportsLens:
- Check out ITV Racing tips and trends for day one of the Newmarket July Festival
- Following a Lingfield winner yesterday, top tipster Andrew Mount has his Thursday fancies
- Our latest each way tip of the day runs at the major meeting at Newmarket this afternoon
- Read up on July Stakes tips and trends for the juvenile Group 2 today
- Andy Newton provides us with another set of Lucky 15 tips with four fancies in one sweet system bet
- Pick up some free bets and existing customer bookie offers that apply to the July Festival today
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