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Newmarket: DOM’S NAP | Saturday’s Best Bet

Can Ed Dunlop’s star prove the hype at Newmarket on Saturday?

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P8MKJ8 Trainer Ed Dunlop in the parade ring prior The Bahrain Trophy Stakes during day one of The Moet & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 12, 2018. See PA story RACING Newmarket. Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire
Newmarket: John Leeper | 2:05pm Betway Fairway Stakes (Listed) | Dom’s Pick [+£12.87 profit on £1 stakes for Flat NAP’s]
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There’s a cracking card at Newmarket this Saturday to follow up the recent Dante Festival at York and we’ve identified our best bet of the day.

A chance is taken on Ed Dunlop’s beautifully bred John Leeper, who looked the real deal over this trip at Newcastle last time out.

WATCH: NEWMARKET HOPEFUL JOHN LEEPER CRUISES CLEAR AT NEWCASTLE ON HIS SEASONAL DEBUT [CREDIT: AT THE RACES]

He finished fourth in a hot maiden over seven furlongs but was always bred for this trip and put the field to the sword in the north-east.

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Newmarket’s Saturday card kickstarts at 1:30pm

These are much deeper waters to encounter now, but he remains with a host of top-level entries for later this season, including the Epsom Derby, and is clearly held in high regard by connections.

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The Frankel colt will be partnered by William Buick in Suffolk and not Hollie Doyle, but the Group one winning pilot was full of praise for the three-year-old earlier this week.

She believes he’s “the real deal” and has the ability to go right to the top this season.

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