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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

3.45 Newmarket, Thursday, July 7

The Betfred Mobile Heritage Handicap, run over 6 furlongs on the July Course at Newmarket, is hugely competitive, befitting a race worth £100,000 in guaranteed prize money. A field of 20 three-year-olds, including several highly promising types, is due to go to post and, as usual, we’ve had a look at the ‘wrong’ end of the market, to see if we can unearth some value for money.

Scrutineer (33/1) did his handicap mark no favours when winning by 6 lengths on his debut in that sphere, over 7 furlongs at Doncaster last October, but started the season well enough, with placed efforts in the European Free Handicap and Charles II Stakes, both over 7 furlongs. The Intense Focus colt drops back to 6 furlongs after a quiet effort in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot and, while he’s not bred to be a sprinter, just how effective he is over the shorter distance remains to be seen. His one run on good to firm going was perfectly adequate and he could go well at a decent price.

Priceless (25/1) won by a wide margin on her racecourse debut, over 6 furlongs at Haydock last September, and has raced exclusively in Listed and Pattern company on four subsequent starts. She’s troubled the judge just once in those four starts, when a never-nearer third of 14, beaten 3 lengths, behind Shaden in the Firth of Clyde Stakes, over 6 furlongs at Ayr last September, but that was also the only time she’s raced on ground faster than good to soft. The daughter of Exceed And Excel takes a drop in class and, if she can reproduce her Ayr form, 6 furlongs on the July Course should be right up her street.

Selections: Newmarket 3.45, Scrutineer (33/1 generally available), Priceless (25/1

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