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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Jury Stakes - 3:10 Haydock, Saturday 28th

Unfortunately, this weekend doesn’t feature any of the major big-field handicaps that are the mainstay of this column, but the Timeform Jury Stakes, run over 7 furlongs at Newbury, looks competitive enough to give us a chance of a winner at rewarding odds.

Dinkum Diamond (16/1) has been a fine servant to connections over the years and, although he appears fully exposed as just short of the class required to win a Group race, he ran as well as he has for a while when fourth of 26, beaten 2½ lengths, in the Victoria Cup at Ascot three weeks ago. Officially, he’s the lowest rated horse in the race, but it would be no surprise is he ran better than his rating, and his odds, suggest and he remains one to consider for forecast and tricast purposes.

Tupi (14/1) has two Listed wins to his name, including one over 7 furlongs so, having run creditably in defeat in Group company over 6 furlongs on both starts so far this season, is worth a second look stepping back up in distance. From a ratings point of view, he has a few pounds to find with a few of these, but his fourth of 16, beaten 1½ lengths, behind Dutch Connection in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot demonstrated what he’s capable of over 7 furlongs on a sound surface.

Johnny Barnes (14/1) was outclassed in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury two weeks ago and has 3¾ lengths to find with Home Of The Brave on their running at Leicester in April, but should be fighting fit and was Group 3 winner over a mile at Deauville last August. A drop of rain probably wouldn’t hurt, but he’s run well enough on a sound surface to suggest he’s not ground dependent.

Selections: Haydock 3.10, Dinkum Diamond (16/1), Tupi (14/1), Johnny Barnes (14/1)

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