1.Greys Take Centre Stage At Newmarket
Nowadays, greys are the minority in racehorse colourings of thoroughbred racehorses. It is believed that ‘Brownlow Turk’, one of the first thoroughbred sires, is responsible for the grey colouring of the horses that will be running in this race. Sixteen runners are set to contest this cavalry charge of silver down the Newmarket straight. Last year’s winner, Case Key takes his chance again but he is likely to be at a bigger price than last year after being well beaten on the majority of his starts since. He is a couple of pounds lower in the weights than then though. Goodnight Girl and Champagne Bob come here in really good form. The former, a daughter of Clodovil, has won her last two races, which were at Newbury and Windsor, by a combined eight and a half lengths in this company and over this trip. The form of the Newbury race has worked out well as the third horse was a five length winner of a fillies’ handicap next time out. She is definitely on the short list but has to carry 9st12lbs and will have a big challenge from older horse Champagne Bob. He has won seven times, mainly over seven furlongs, and seems to be a bit of a course specialist around Leicester. He is rated 64 at the minute and he has never won at that mark before so he could struggle. He’s likely to be in the mix and has a good jockey on board.
2. Potentially Smart Two Year Olds Kick Off A Good Newbury Card
The sensible place to start when analysing this contest is by looking at Boitron. He is by Prix du Jockey-Club winner Le Harve and out of a six furlong winning mare Belifore. He got the rest of the field well strung out when winning over six furlongs by four and a half to next time out winner Fox Coach and then he stepped up to this distance and won well. He is currently a 33/1 shot with William Hill to land next year’s next year’s 2000 Guineas. Another eye-catching contender is Antonia De Vega. This filly has a gender allowance and has a one hundred percent record as she won her first start. The winning margin was one and a quarter lengths but she was going away from the field then suggesting she’ll stay further in times. That performance warranted her a 25/1 quote for the 1000 Guineas. She beat Zagitova, who absolutely romped home over a mile on her next start and got lots of people talking about her future abilities by that performance. Harry Bentley rides and she’s probably the best of the fillies. Godolphin also has a good chance in this with Good Fortune. It took him three tries to win a race but did so in spectacular style when prevailing by ten lengths in July.
3.Tasty Appetiser For The Main Event In The Group Three Staying Race
Some nice horses have won this like Sixties Icon and Defoe last year. Raymond Tusk follows a similar route into this as he ran in and won the Listed Glasgow Stakes on his previous run. He is held in very high regard as he ran in the Coral-Eclipse on only his third start after previously being beaten in class four company. He is being stepped up two furlongs from his Listed victory and has a chance if handling that. The other three year old in the line up, Perfect Clarity, is an interesting one. Clive Cox’s filly won the Oaks Trial at Lingfield in good style but finished seventh in the real thing and was beaten over ten lengths in the Ribblesdale. This is a drop in grade for her but the three year olds don’t seem up to the older horses’ standards. Hamada has the best recent record of all of these as he’s won his last three since a five hundred and seventy two day break and a gelding operation. He won over one mile six furlongs in handicap company and is likely to still be improving so being raised in class shouldn’t be a problem. Dal Harraild has been run all over the world and was a well punted 5/6 favourite on British seasonal debut but was given an odd ride by Andrea Atzeni and was just denied by a neck. He was a decent fourth in the Goodwood Cup last time out and will be in the frame. Algometer has been a fine servant for connections and has improved for every outing this season. He was a good second in a group two over in France and that would have prepared him well for today.
4.Battle Between The Ages For The Hungerford Crown In Newbury Showpiece
Like in the previously mentioned contest, some classy horses have won this- Paco Boy, Red Evie, the dam of Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe winner Found, Lethal Force and Gregorian. Breton Rock won this in 2014 and runs in it again to try and regain his crown. Now an eight year old, he has either won or placed in twenty four of his thirty five starts and has ran well on both starts this term. He was third to Sir Dancelot last time out and they reoppose in this. His conqueror has a penalty and runs at his best on good ground. The ground is likely to be on the softer side so Breton Rock may be able to turn the tables on him. Labrisa Breeze won the Champion Sprint on Champions Day in October but hasn’t showed that sparkle since and was down the field in Meydan and Ascot earlier in the year but ran a decent race to finish fourth over in France at the beginning of the month. The three year olds may be the way to go in this. The highest rated of the three Gustav Klimt, has been running at the highest level this season finishing sixth and third in the English and Irish 2000 Guineas and then ran Without Parole close in the St James’ Palace at Royal Ascot. The form of his yard is questionable though as Aidan O’Brien has had just one winner since the eleventh of August. Yafta may be the best bet in the race though as he’s ultra consistent and won a group three in good style last time out with Dream Of Dreams in third. The ground may be a problem if it softens any further as he has never ran on it before but he’s very progressive and will give a bold bid.
5.Maximum Field Go To Post In Ripon’s Big Race
The Stewards Cup could act as a good form line into this renewal of the St Wilfrid. Growl, Spring Loaded, Gunmetal, Marie Of Lyon and Reputation all ran in that race. Growl ran really well and a repeat of that effort could be on the cards but Spring Loaded was the most eye-catching runner in the whole race. He got no luck in running to fly down the rail and given another half of a furlong he would probably have won. He has a good turn of foot so if he can get a clear run through, he’ll be hard to beat. Kimberella won a Listed race last time out and races off the same mark. He is a firm favourite for many flat fans and he is to be partnered by young 7lbs claimer Oakley Brown. Ruth Carr has a good chance of winning this with course specialist Pipers Note. He has won over course and distance on his past two runs but he’s been behind Brian The Snail and Spring Loaded in the past. He was second in this last year off a higher mark so that is encouraging. There are so many horses who have a chance in this- best of luck picking the winner!!