Dewhurst Stakes:The Dewhurst Stakes is a Group 1 that takes place over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket. It is open to 2 year old colt and fillies. It is Britain’s most prestigious two year old race and the leading participants usually become major competitors in the following season’s classics. Winner include Churchill and Frankel.
Cardsharp: Lonhro x Pure Illusion (Danehill)
Experienced as he’s been raced 9 times already, but hasn’t been kept especially fresh for this race, having run in the Middle Park Stakes last time out. However, he did finish a good 3rd that day and won the 6f July Stakes at Newmarket, so the course won’t be a problem. Dam wasn’t particularly talented as a racemare but had a win over a mile. Ground won’t be an issue, with wins Good-Firm and Good-Soft.
Coat Of Arms: Galileo x La Traviata (Johannesburg)
Relatively lightly-raced maiden, but finished 2nd by a short head to good looking Rostropovich on soft ground. Quite a step up in class for him, which he might not handle all too well, but ran this course and distance last time out. Again hasn’t been kept too fresh for this, his last race was 15 days ago, and will need significant progress to do well.
Emaraaty: Dubawi x Zee Zee Top (Zafonic)
2,600,000guineas yearling and half brother to 9f-10.5f winner Izzi Top and 1m-1 1/4m winner Jazzi Top. Blew the start in his maiden but finished 4th and running on. His dam was a Group 1 winner over 1m 2f, so pedigree suggests he might suit further. Only has two starts, so quite inexperienced and might run this race very green. Also, doesn’t have course experience so might not enjoy the ups and downs of the Rowley Mile.
Expert Eye: Acclamation x Exemplify (Dansili)
Inexperienced, but unbeaten. Won the Vintage Stakes impressively by 4 1/2 lengths. Has had a long break so it will be expected for him to run green. Dam was a 2 year old 1m winner. Has only raced on good ground so far, so his ability on other goings is questionable. Could be very good.
Fleet Review: War Front x A Star Is Born (Galileo)
Foaled January 21st, so is older and more developed than most of the field. Dam is a sister to Rip Van Winkle. Usually runs well but gave a sub-par effort in the Acomb Stakes. However, finished second by 1/2 length in the Middle Park Stakes last time out. Quite an experienced horse, and seems to be developing with every run. Likely to place, and has been on the course before, last time out. Going doesn’t seem to be a problem.
Great Prospector: Elzaam x Guana (Dark Angel)
Lightly raced, and doesn’t have many successes to list. Half brother to 7f winner Red Guana. Came third over course and distance. Major step up in class and I don’t think he’ll really pay a massive part in this race. However, he comes from a sprinting pedigree, so unlike most of the other horses in the field he was bred for pure speed. One disadvantage, however is that he might not stay the distance.
Hey Gaman: New Approach x Arsaadi (Dubawi)
Came second in the Champagne Stakes last time, by a neck to Seahenge. Had an off day when finishing 12th in the July Stakes. Ground won’t matter for him. Won the Washington Singer Stakes. If he is on top form, he might be a good outside chance. Has more experience than most.
Mendelssohn: Scat Daddy x Leslie’s Lady (Tricky Creek)
Half brother to Beholder and Into Mischief. $3,000,000 yearling. Is by Scat Daddy, is bred to have speed and stamina, but his race record he doesn’t seem to enjoy the 7 furlong distance, having won his only race over a mile. He has the speed, but I think he might prefer further than this.
Nebo: Kodiac x Kindling (Dr Fong)
Came 6th in the Gimcrack Stakes last time out but 2nd in the Richmond Stakes before that, as well as 2nd in the Superlative Stakes. He seems to be improving with every run, and is used to running in Group 2 company, so the step up in class shouldn’t hinder him too much. Any changes in going won’t affect him, as the ground doesn’t matter for his running.
Seahenge: Scat Daddy x Fools In Love (Not For Love)
$750,000 yearling. Dam won over 7 furlongs, so the trip would suit, as he is bred for speed. Won his maiden by a neck, followed by a fifth in the Vintage Stakes. Won the Champagne Stakes last time out, but only by a neck which might suggest that he is weak opposition. Not the first choice of jockey Ryan Moore, instead being by Donnacha O’Brien, so also may suggest that he’s weaker than some of the the other Ballydoyle horses. Has only had three runs, and ran green in the Vintage Stakes, so he might run better with a bit more experience.
Theobald: Teofilo x Sanaara (Anabaa)
Won his maiden first time out, over a mile back in June, followed by a 1 3/4 length defeat in the Anglesey Stakes. Came 2nd to Derby favourite The Pentagon in the Tyros Stakes, but an off day last time out when coming 8th in the Champion Juvenile Stakes. Is stepping back down in trip to 7 furlongs. His sire was an undefeated two year old, and he won this race back in 2006, so he has the pedigree to back him up.
Threeandfourpence: War Front x Liscanna (Sadlers Wells)
Full brother to Hit It A Bomb and Brave Anna, both winners 6 furlongs- 1 mile, so is bred well and should enjoy this trip. Lacks experience, so may run green, but might be one of the few in this race bred for sprinting distances. Wouldn’t be surprised if he affects his race chances by running.
U S Navy Flag: War Front x Misty For Me (Galileo)
Full brother to three time Group 1 winner Roly Poly, so has the right pedigree, as well his dam having won 4 Group 1s. Has been a different horse since having blinkers attached. Came 17th in the Coventry Stakes, but soon got to top form, coming 2nd in the July Stakes, and a close 4th in the Phoenix Stakes, and win the Middle Park Stakes last time out. Has already beaten a few members of the field and he is used to Group 1 company, having already win the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes. It is a step up in trip, but pedigree suggests that it won’t be a worry. First choice of Ryan Moore, so that suggests he sees something good in this one.
I think U S Navy Flag and Expert Eye are going to be competitive, and I think they will end up in the top 2, and finish quite close to each other. One for an each way would be Nebo, as I think he’ll end up in 3rd or better, as he seems too comfortable in Group 2 company.