Horsebetting.com experts give their three best bets for the opening day of Newmarket’s Future Champions Festival on Friday, 12 October. Frosty looked a smart prospect when making a winning debut, so rates the NAP on this seven-race card in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes for two-year-old fillies run over 7f. True Mason has some strong form to his name and rates our next best bet in the 5f Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes that gets proceedings underway. Euro Nightmare, meanwhile, makes plenty of each-way appeal in the Listed 1m 2f Pride Stakes. For full details on these horses, read our in-depth preview and Newmarket betting tips for October 12.Frosty can cut Oh So Sharp rivals down to sizeFrosty looked a smart sort when scoring on debut, so is strongly fancied to take a rise in class in her stride and land the spoils in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes, a 7f contest for juveniles fillies, at Newmarket on Friday (14:25). This Aidan O’Brien trained daughter of Galileo is bred in the purple and a sister to connections’ very smart English and Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Winter.
She looked to have a huge future herself when landing a 14-runner maiden at Dundalk last month when sent off a seemingly unfancied 9/1. After tracking the leaders and showing distinct signs of greenness, Frosty was switched to make a challenge a furlong from home by jockey Seamie Heffernan.
Although then hampered at a crucial stage, she regained her momentum and stayed on strongly under a hands and heels ride to take up the running 150 yards out, and cosily beat Fancy Feat by a length. Frosty was well on top at the finish and value for more than the winning margin.
Her stable companion Credenza, who finished a further 2 1/2 lengths back in third having been sent off favourite, has come out and won since to give the form a boost. It was a most taking display for Frosty, and one which earned her a top-price 25/1 quote in the ante post betting for next year’s 1000 Guineas.
This demands more, but Frosty is entitled to come on a bundle for that experience and is undoubtedly a very exciting prospect. This looks the perfect stepping stone to greater things, so she therefore rates the best bet on this card among Newmarket betting tips for October 12.True Mason can capture Cornwallis gloryIn the 5f Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes that gets proceedings underway (13:50), True Mason looks to hold outstanding claims of getting back on the scoresheet. Since coming good at the third time of asking when landing a 12-runner novice stakes contest at Nottingham back in June, this Karl Burke trained two-year-old colt has posted three very solid efforts in defeat.
In the first of those, the son of Mayson was beaten just a length by Signora Cabello in a Group 2 at Maisons-Laffitte. True Mason backed that up with a cracking 4 3/4 lengths third of nine to the very smart Pretty Pollyanna in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville when also again behind Signora Cabello.
There was also lots to like about his run at Newbury 20 days ago when a 2 3/4 lengths runner-up to Kessaar in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes over 6f. True Mason looked to be pulling double when moving into second to mount a challenge two from home, but then got caught out by the testing underfoot conditions and was unable to quicken when asked.
The way in which he travelled suggested he was the best horse in the race, so the drop back to 5f, and return to a better surface, look sure to suit. This also represents a return to calmer waters and Burke knows what it takes to win the race, having saddled the top class Quiet Reflection to land the spoils in 2015.
So, taking everything into account, True Mason looks to have the perfect profile for this and thus features as the next bet bet in our Newmarket tips for October 12. You can also read our individual race previews of the Challenge Stakes, feature Fillies’ Mile and Old Rowley Cup on Horsebetting.com.Euro Nightmare an each-way punt in Pride StakesChain Of Daisies heads the betting for Pride Stakes as she bids to win the race for a third time, but at the odds on offer Euro Nightmare looks worth an each-way wager in this year’s renewal of the Listed 1m 2f contest (17:55). This Keith Dalgleish trained four-year-old filly has a terrific strike rate of 43 per cent over the trip.
She was last successful in the grade when coming from off the pace and keeping on strongly to beat Snowy Winter, who has won since and ran well last time out when third in a Group 3, by 1 1/4 lengths in the Rothesay Stakes at Ayr. Euro Nightmare backed that up with a solid never nearer 2 3/4 lengths fourth of eight to God Given in the Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock.
As the winner has since gone on to land a Group 2 at Doncaster, the form reads well in the context of this lower grade contest. The booking for the in-form Tom Marquand to do the steering also catches the eye; so, in a race where a line can be put through the chances of many, Euro Nightmare looks sure to go well and be in the thick of things at the business end of affairs judged on the pick of her form.Your Next Bet