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STAR HORSE RACING PREVIEW: Star Sports Festival of Racing 2023 | Day Two

It was a wonderful day for Tony Carroll, and Jason Watson, with the pair landing a double on the opening day thanks to Global Style, whilst the big race of the day went to a 40/1 shot in the shape of Shoot to Kill, who just got the better of Cobalt Blue for the Roger Varian team.

The 2023 Star Sports Festival Of Racing, Day 2
Wednesday 9th August – Friday 11th August
Live on Sky Sports Racing HD from 2.00pm
First Race: 2.25pm
Last Race: 5.00pm

Followers of yesterday’s selections had a dreadful start to proceedings with Crow’s Nest not going a yard and Youarenotforgiven having much the same fate later on. Not much to write home about!

Ground: Day 1 was run in glorious sunshine and the ground was good. Expect the same today on the ground front and hopefully the weather is that good too!

Catch up on all the day 1 action here with our blog, including Simon Nott’s betting reports:

Racegoers will be hoping for a few more favourites on Day 2 and perhaps Loaded Quiver can give the punters a helping hand in the Star Community Housing Restricted Maiden Stakes (3.00). An eyecatcher on his debut when too green to do himself justice behind a taking winner at Chepstow, he went much closer when beaten a head in a Class 2 Novice Stakes at Yarmouth behind another horse who’d found a great deal of improvement.

He had a previous winner behind in third – and the front three finished over four lengths clear of the rest – so the form reads well and with any luck he should take some beating here in a bid to make it third time lucky. Al Shabab, Migel, Compton Bay and Drink Dry have all shown some ability, but do watch for market moves on Hope Joanna in the betting from the Johnston yard.

The feature race of the day is the Star Sports Brighton Challenge Cup (4.00) and it could be worth taking a chance on Alumnus bouncing back quickly from a very sold run at Glorious Goodwood.

Almost last of the field turning in – and not helped by the steady pace they went – he found his best stride late on to take an eye-catching fifth in a decent contest. The winner, second and fourth were last time out winners and the third had been flying his trade in decent company, so the form is arguably the best in the race and if he’s over those exertions then he’ll have every chance dropping into Class 4 company with today’s step back up in trip helping him.

Elsewhere on the card, it was hard to choose between last time out winners Bonkersinabundance and Matty Too in the opening Apprentice Handicap (2.25) whilst Tony Caroll has a strong hand in the Nevaeh Mai Brown Classified Stakes (3.30) with Day 1 winner Global Style, Temur Khan and favourite Young Winston, who was unlucky last time. Should Global Style settle properly then he may be the pick of the three but as one expects, the event looks a trappy one.

Carroll is also mob handed in the Star Construction And Maintenance Classified Stakes, although if No Turning Back is able to repeat his second in a handicap over course and distance last time then he’s the standard setter. Voodoo Ray is second favourite after travelling powerfully into yesterday’s Classified event but he finished weakly in comparison to De Vegas Kid (winner of that race), who would be fancied to confirm that form again.

In the closing Alfriston Gardens Classic Handicap (5.00), perhaps Roger Varian – who was just denied in the Mile – can have a successful ending to the day with the steadily improving 3yo filly Paco’s Pride.


BACK Loaded Quiver 1 pt win in 3.00 Brighton at 11/8 (⭐ ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Alumus 1 pt win in 4.00 Brighton at 3/1 (⭐ ? CLICK TO BET NOW)

PROFIT/LOSS (AUGUST 2023): PROFIT 1.48 points



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