Newmarket 2:10 Bahrain Trophy (Group 3) 13F 3yo’s
Loads of guesswork here, mainly regarding the distance of 13F. Add to that the Good to Firm (Good in places) ground and you pays your money and takes your chance! Harbour Law each way at about 9/1 seems value. Will stay, has won on the ground and lesser connections put some value in the price.
Newmarket 2:40 Arqana July Stakes (Group 2) 6F 2yo Colts
It’s all about the ascot 2yo form! Mehmas second in the 6F G2 Coventry to Caravaggio, Ardad won the 5F Listed Windsor Castle, Silver Line was a close third in the 5F G2 Norfolk. Add to that some impressive maiden winners and this is the hottest 2yo heat of the season so far. I liked Silver Line’s finishing effort in the Norfolk, form that has been franked, and no complaints with the price, around 13/2
Newmarket 3.15 Princess of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club Stakes (Group 2) 12F
Trappy contest? Don’t think The Grey Gatsby wants the extra 2F, Exosphere seems more hype than substance, can’t have the 3yo Muntazah, Battersea and Elite Army are handicappers/Listed level not G2 which leaves me last year’s first and second, Big Orange and Second Step. No bet just put both in the placepot.
Newmarket 3.45 Betfred Mobile Heritage Handicap C2 (0-105) 6F 3yo
I’ll say it one more time, 3yo handicap sprinting is the hottest division in racing! Twenty go to post and my eye is drawn to two. Dhahmaan (Drawn 16) from an out of form Botti yard who I think will enjoy the quicker ground and a drop to handicap company. Venturous (Drawn 1) represents a resurgent Godolphin and 6F at Newmarket on better ground are just what this son of Ravens Pass wants.
Newmarket 4.20 British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Div I) C4 2yo Fillies 6F
Absolutely no idea! Mainly unraced 2yo fillies. Early money for Fanshawe’s Magical Dreamer. The Cheveley Park/Stoute filly, Believable, by Acclamation is bred to be quick. Two for the placepot!
Newmarket 4.20 British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Div II) C4 2yo Fillies 6F
Take Two. Absolutely no idea! Mainly unraced 2yo fillies. Had a tweet this morning saying that “Bouqet de Flores is the best 2yo in C Appleby’s barn”. Even money shot for Godolphin. Keep a close eye on jockey James Macdonald who is in Buick’s boots for the next month.
Newmarket 5.30 Plusvital Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (formerly Stubbs Stakes) (Listed Race) C1 Listed 8F
Cracking race this! Half the field are buzzing around my radar. The Gosden pair, Cymric and especially Crazy Horse, Lumiere was a leading fancy and flop in the 1000 Guineas, the Coolmore colt General McArthur, Stoute/Hamdan Al Maktoum prospect Estidraak etc.etc. Notebook frenzy methinks!
Newmarket 6.05 Mercedes Benz Handicap C3 (0-90) 5F
A totally unnecessary eighth race. Put the kettle on and get ready for Newbury/Epsom tonight!