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Late on Friday afternoon, we have another exciting handicap. At 16:45, there’s the small matter of the Racing TV Handicap, otherwise known as the Boodles Handicap.
Run over seven furlongs, this race, which is a relatively new addition to the July Festival, is open to all horses aged three-years-old and above. Previous renewals have seen competitive betting, but this could be the most competitive yet, as the odds below show.
Racing TV Handicap 2023 Odds and Favourites
14 runners are due to go to post for this seven-furlong contest, and the early market shows that it’s an open affair. There’s no overly strong favourite and it’s currently 5/1 field.
Latest Racing TV Handicap Odds:
Razeyna – 5/1 (6.00)
Harry Magnus – 6/1 (7.00)
Final Watch – 8/1 (9.00)
Persuasion – 8/1 (9.00)
Mister Bluebird – 9/1 (10.00)
Waiting All Night – 9/1 (10.00)
Under The Twilight – 11/1 (12.00)
Lyndon B – 11/1 (12.00)
All other runners – 12/1 (13.00) +
Best odds taken for each horse from a selection of bookmakers, including William Hill, bet365, betfair, Ladbrokes, SkyBet, Betfred, PaddyPower, BetVictor and Unibet.
Top Favourites to Win the Racing TV Handicap
In the early betting, on the morning of the race, there is no huge favourite, and it will be interesting to see if there is any heavy support for anything closer to the off. For now, the following three horses dominate the market.
William Haggas looks to have a strong hand ahead of this race, as he saddles Razeyna, who has twice come home in front and remains with potential. The filly won at Class 4 level over six furlongs at Carlisle back in July of last year and has been lightly races since, returning with a decent run in Class 3 company at Windsor last time out, on soft ground.
The four-year-old is entitled to come on from her recent reappearance, while the firmer ground her ought to be right up her street, as will the extra furlong. Must be respected for her top yard.
Harry Magnus, who landed a double over course and distance back in April having previously won on the all-weather ta Kempton in January, is an interesting runner for the Charlies Hills stable.
The colt arrives here off the back of a relatively modest effort at Sandown last time out, but he wasn’t ideally placed and was left with far too much to do on that occasion. Could easily get involved if getting better positioned, after all, his mark has eased, while he gets plenty of weight all round here. It’s worth noting, the last two winners of this race have come from down at the bottom of the weights.
Final Watch is a previous course and distance winner having got the job done here back in June of 2021. He’s been anything but a prolific winner since, though the gelding has turned in a few decent performances at this level, not least last time out when finishing second over C&D a fortnight ago.
That run came after a short lay-off, so he’s entitled to improve a little bit, while the softer ground perhaps was ideal, so it’s not unreasonable to expect a slightly better effort if the ground stays the right side of good here. Races from the same mark, which is the same as his last winning one. Discount at your peril.
Racing TV Handicap Race Details
This will be just the third renewal of this seven-furlong race. Last year, the winner was well supported in the betting, going off at 11/4, while the previous winner wasn’t exactly an outsider either at 6/1.
The ground is currently set at good-to-firm (good in places), but with rain forecast in the Newmarket area, that could easily change come post time, so don’t be surprised if those that flourish on faster ground find it slightly more tricky you thought they might.
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