Newmarket Questioning Family One


Questioning was desperately unlucky when heavily backed to land the Cambridgeshire and is of major interest at 8/1 in the finale at Newmarket (5.35).

John Gosden’s colt found himself well off the pace in the 32 runner field and got badly hampered when attempting to make hi more two from home.

That interference put an end to any chance he had of winning, so it was to his credit that he stayed on strongly to finish a never nearer 14th beaten just over 7 lengths.

There is little doubt that in my mind that he would have gone very close granted anything like a clear run, and he showed on his previous outing when runner-up to King Torus in a listed event at Haydock that he was a progressive type to keep on the right side.

Although he has yet to taste success since scoring on his racecourse debut last year he is clearly a horse with plenty of ability and open to further improvement and should not be underestimated in this line-up.

This is certainly not the strongest of Group 3 contests, and I will be surprised if he is not in the frame at the very least.

I think he will take all the beating, and at 8/1 he looks outstanding each-way value with Coral and Sky Bet who are offering enhanced place terms of 1/4 odds 1,2,3

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Questioning (8/1 Coral, Sky Bet – 1/4 odds 1,2,3)


Family One

Not the best renewal of the Middle Park at Newmarket today (2.35) and French raider Family One looks an outstanding bet at 11/2.

He is yet to to finish out of the first 2 and showed he was a classy type with victories in the the Group 3 Prix du Bois and Group 2 Prix Robert Papin.

However it is his form when runner-up in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville on his latest start that makes him the one they all have to beat this afternoon.

He was beaten 3 lengths by Dabarism that day, and had had some classy type in Sofast and Frederick Engles behind.

The winner went on to put up the best performance by a two-year-old I have seen all season when showing a devastating turn of foot to land the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on Arc day.

If Dabarism was in this field he would be long odds-on, and even though Family One was beaten 3 lengths by him it is an outstanding bit of form which I feel puts him head and shoulders above today’s rivals.

There is no doubt that Bapak Cinta is unexposed and has plenty more to offer, but he doesn’t have form in the book to match Family One who sets a very high standard.

Most of the other runners – such as Caspar Netscher – are solid above average types but I don’t think that they would be able to get within 3 lengths of Dabarism.

To me the bookies have underestimated Family One’s credentials, and at 11/2 with Betfred he looks an each-way steal.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Family One (11/2 Betfred – BOG 1/4 odds 1,2,3)

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