Horse Racing: Newmarket Preview & Tips – Friday

Stefan Fellows marks your card ahead of 4 high-class races on day 2 of Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting.

Stefan Fellows

Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting continues on Friday with the ITV Racing cameras on hand to feature all the big races.

Our top tipster has been in red hot form of late with another three winners on Thursday including a 15/2 shot.

So here he is once more to mark your card ahead of Day 2.

1m Rosemary Stakes (Listed)

Bounce The Blues had some respectable form in Ireland including a victory in a listed race at Naas. She put in a respectable effort for her new yard when finishing third in the group 3 Sceptre stakes at Doncaster a couple of weeks ago and looks a player once more here.

Oisin Murphy takes over in the saddle today and has a 27% strike rate when teaming up with the Andrew Balding yard in the last year.

Cloak Of Spirits finished behind the selection last time and has a small weight advantage this time around so there is likely to be little between them once more.

Ummalnar has not been seen since winning an Ascot handicap 440 days ago and it’s interesting connections have kept this mare in training and she is another to consider but does need to take another step forward.

The unbeaten Bizzi Lizzi represents the Gosden/Dettori combination and is another to consider in a open looking race.

Selection: Bounce The Blues (Each Way)

1m 4f Princess Royal Muhaarar Stakes (Group 3)

Unbeaten in her last 2 starts Katara looks a typical progressive type for Sir Michael Stoute. She was a comfortable winner here on the July Course over this trip recently and the manner of that success suggested she had plenty more to come.  

Alpinista finished a good 2nd to Love in the Group 1 Yorkshire Cup last time, that form puts her well clear on ratings and she looks to hold the more exposed runners in the field.

There should be little between the market principals but slight preference is for the Sir Mark Prescott runner who has already proven herself at this level.

Selection: Alpinsta

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7f Rockfel Stakes (Group 2)

Monday is a confident selection here to give trainer Aidan O`Brien his 4th success in the race.

The Fastnet Rock filly was a ready winner of a Listed race at Leopardstown just 13 days ago and it`s an interesting move from connections to bring her over on this occasion. She holds all the usual group 1 entries and is expected to take on route to those bigger targets.

Isabella Giles looks the main danger to the selection based on her victory at Goodwood recently. Her best form looks to come with cut in the ground so any rain will be in her favour.

Selection: Monday (NAP)

1m Joel Stakes (Group 2)

Tactics could be interesting in this group 2 race, with Oisin Murphy on Kameko probably looking to adopt similar tactics to what he used when successful over course and distance in the 2000 Guineas back.

Things have not gone to plan really for the Andrew Balding runner since but with conditions back in favour this time he should be hard to beat.

Benbatl hasn’t been seen since disappointing at Ascot last Autumn but prior to that was good winner in this race when making all to success. Similar tactics are likely to be applied once more by Frankie Dettori and he this son of Dubawi has gone well fresh before so the layoff will be of no concern.

Top Rank is another who could race up with the pace and this previous course and distance winner has shown improved form once more this season winning a listed race last time.

She does however have to take another step forward though to be in the shake-up. The lightly raced Tilsit is unbeaten in his last 2 starts and is another to consider stepping up in to this level for the first time.

Selection: Kameko (Next Best)

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