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Pick of the Pundits – Mizbah finds friends at Folkestone

| 24.06.2011

Both Khor Sheed and John Forbes landed the gamble for the pundits yesterday leaving them bang in form as we look ahead to today’s action.

With meetings at seven different racecourses across Britain and Ireland today, the pundits have plenty of races to choose from and there are plenty of different opinions in the Racing Post naps competition.

However the two horses that stand out are Mizbah (three naps) in the 2.30 at Folkestone and Gamilati (four naps) in the 6.30 at Newmarket.

14.30 Folkestone: Mizbah – 4/7

Saeed Bin Suroor’s two-year-old colt is the most experienced horse in the race and while he is yet to register his first win for the Godolphin stable, he is definitely the horse to beat in today’s Class 6 maiden stakes.

Two second place finishes in his last two starts, including in a Class 5 at Doncaster last time out is all the form needed to suggest to punters that he will win this race, and he is rightly odds-on to do so.

We haven’t seem Sir Mark Prescott’s Artistic Thread run yet but he could be the main danger to Mizbah considering Lord Prescott’s 27% strike rate at Folkestone over the last five years and offers plenty of each-way value at 16/1.

18.30 Newmarket: Gamilati – 8/15

This maiden fillies’ stakes look a difficult race to call on paper with nine of the twelve runners yet to see a racetrack, but there is plenty of support for Godolphin’s Gamilati.

Four writers have napped the odds-on shot on the basis of his second place behind Regal Realm in a class four maiden at this course at the end of May, but there are a number of high-profile trainers with a great strike rate at the July course who prove a danger.

Richard Hannon’s Traveller Tales looks a huge price at 25/1, as does John Gosden’s appointee at 14/1, but preference is for Brian Meehan’s Superinjunction at 25/1 after hearing strong reports from the stable.



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.