Newmarket Betting Tips For April 16

The Newmarket betting tips for April 16 on Betting.org give their three best bets for the seven-race card at the Headquarters of Flat racing on day one of the Craven meeting this Tuesday. Azano has some smart form in the book and looks on a handy mark, so rates the NAP bet in the European Free Handicap over 7f. The Aidan O’Brien trained Western Australia was a very useful juvenile and ran well when runner-up on seasonal reappearance, so is therefore the next best bet in the Listed 1m 1f Feilden Stakes. Sunday Star, meanwhile, looks overpriced and makes plenty of each-way appeal in the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes for fillies over 7f. Find out more about these horses in our in-depth preview with Newmarket betting tips for April 16.

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Azano holds all the aces in European Free Handicap

The John Gosden trained Azano looks to hold outstanding claims of making a winning return to action in the Listed 7f European Free Handicap at Newmarket on Tuesday (14:25). This son of Oasis Dream progressed in each of his three outings as a juvenile and appeals as the sort to develop into a smart three-year-old this season.

He came good at the second time of asking when leaving his debut run at Yarmouth well behind and ripping apart the opposition in a 12-runner novice stakes at the same venue. After tracking the leader travelling powerfully in the hands of Rab Havlin, Azano was produced to take up the running two furlongs from home and then stretched effortlessly clear to beat stable companion Frederickbarbosa by five lengths.

There was nothing not to like about the way in which Azano got the job and it was a performance which suggested he needed keeping firmly onside. That view was confirmed when he ran a cracker on his final start of the campaign when stepped into Group 3 company and finishing second of eight to Mohaather in the Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury.

Newbury form franked

Azano attempted to make all and, when strongly pressed inside the final furlong, battled on well after being headed to go down fighting by 1 1/2 lengths. The pair pulled five lengths clear of some smart performers, and the winner landed the Group 3 Greenham Stakes on seasonal reappearance off an official rating of 108.

That gives the form a very strong look. It also suggests an opening handicap mark of 104 for Azano is on the lenient side and exploitable – especially as he has bags of scope and hails from a yard operating at a strike rate of just over 23.5 per cent in the last 14 days at the time of writing.

Frankie Dettori also now gets the leg up on him for the first time and Azano is far less exposed than his six rivals. There is simply nothing not to like about his profile for this, so that’s why he had to be the standout punt in these Newmarket betting tips for April 16.

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Western Australia a strong fancy in Feilden

In the Listed 1m 1f Feilden Stakes (15:00) the Aidan O’Brien trained Western Australia looks a worthy favourite to land the spoils. This beautifully bred son of Derby winner Australia won one of his six starts as a juvenile and posted some excellent efforts in defeat.

After landing a 10-runner maiden on his third outing, Western Australia ran well when a five-length fourth of seven to Madhmoon in a Group 2 at Leopardstown. He was then far from disgraced when a 6 1/2 lengths fourth of eight to the hugely exciting Persian King in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at this venue.

Western Australia went on to round off the campaign with a career-best performance so far when third of 11 to stable companion Magna Grecia in the Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster, where he raced at the head of affairs and quickened clear with a rival two from home before being collared late on and beaten just a length.

That form sets a clear standard in this, while an official rating of 110 puts Western Australia 5lb and upwards clear of his six rivals. It makes him the one they all have to beat and he comes into the race following a promising reappearance when runner-up in a Listed 1m affair at Dundalk.

He got hampered that day a furlong from home before going down by just half-a-length to Playa Del Puente, but was not given a hard time and looks sure to come on a bundle for the outing. So, with the in-form Ryan Moore in the saddle and the step up to 1m 1f promising to suit, Western Australia looks the one to be on and thus rates our next best bet on this cracking seven-race card.

Sunday Star the Nell Gwyn value

The feature race of the day is the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes (15:35), and Sunday Star looks the value bet in what looks a wide-open renewal of the 7f trial for the 1000 Guineas. This Ed Walker trained daughter of Kodiac improved in each of her four runs as a juvenile, and has the size and scope to suggest she can keep going on progressing as a three-year-old.

After running really well second time up when a head runner-up to Glance at Goodwood, where she had Mot Juste who is favourite for this five lengths behind in fourth, Sunday Star opened her account over course and distance when running on strongly to beat Maqsad by 1 3/4 lengths.

Connections decided to pitch Sunday Star into Group 3 company on the back of that taking success, and she ran really well here when a length third to the aforementioned Mot Juste in the Oh So Sharp Stakes. She raced too keenly for her own good in the early stages, but only got headed inside the final furlong before weakening and losing second close home.

Given the energy that she used by pulling herself through to lead, Sunday Star did well to finish so close and – if she had settled better – the result could arguably have been different, as she looked the most likely winner when taking up the running two from home.

So, because she can be backed at twice the odds of Mot Juste, Sunday Star looks overpriced in a race where a case can be made for most of the 11 runners. Hence she features as the each-way punt and thus completes these Newmarket betting tips for April 16 and the opening day of the Craven meeting.

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