It’s the final day of Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting on Saturday with the feature race being the Cambridgeshire Handicap at 15:35.
But there’s also a good looking card at Haydock while over in Ireland they go at the Curragh with both meetings featured by the ITV Racing team.
So here’s Stefan Fellows, who has been in fine form of late, with his ones to watch.
This looks tight with little separating the all five of the runners on what we have seen to date. Aidan O’Brien has won the last two renewals so his representative Ontario has to be respected coming here on the back on a good third in the Futurity Stakes last time.
He’s already proven over a mile and won’t mind any softening of conditions. Cobh was a good winner last time at Salisbury for the Clive Cox/Adam Kirby partnership.
He looked the winner a long way out that day and looks worth a crack at this bigger prize. Unbeaten in two starts to date Gear Up showed a real good attitude when winning the Acomb Stakes at York and looks likely to relish the step up in distance here.
He looks the type to keep on improving with experience and is taken to make it 3 from 3.
Selection: Gear Up
Dandalla puts her unbeaten record on the line once more. The Royal Ascot winner was not so impressive when winning a Group 2 on the July course but she comes here a fresh horse now and deserves her spot at the top of the market.
Irish raider Miss Amulet is another to consider following her success in the Lowther stakes at York, she had the measure of Sacred on that occasion who finished just behind in 2nd and there is likely to be little between them once more.
Happy Romance was a ready winner of a Group 3 at Salisbury following up from her success in two valuable sales races prior, she should go close but at the likely odds it’s the second-place finisher Alcohol Free who makes more appeal.
That was just the fillies second start so we can expect much more improvement to come especially considering she looked plenty green enough on that occasion still.
It’s interesting connections are keen to take on the winner again and the Andrew Balding /Oisin Murphy have been consistently teaming up to success recently including a 30% strike rate here at Newmarket.
Selection: Alcohol Free (Each Way)
This looks to have the potential to be another top-class renewal of the race with three progressive last time out winning colts in the field along with a couple already proven at the highest level.
Lucky Jet and The Lir Jet tick that box and have the best form to date after finishing 1-2 in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. The Jessie Harrington winner that day was well on top at the finish and is expected to have his opponents measure but more still may be required.
Unbeaten in two starts Method was an impressive winner of a listed race at Newbury when last seen 70 days ago. There was no doubting the comfortable manner of success that day but the form has not really worked out so far and is passed over for preference of those who have achieved more to date.
Minzaal took his form to another level when winning the Gimcrack at York in Impressive fashion. He shaped every bit like colt of serious potential that day and looks the one to beat based on that effort.
Supremecy was impressive when making all to win at Goodwood, similar tactics are likely to be applied once more and looks the main danger to the selection if getting his own way of things.
Selection: Minzaal (Nap)
Despite the large field it’s hard to get away from the chances of Tempus whose current mark of 97 could still seriously underestimate this horse’s ability. A winner of 4 of his last 5 races he was once again a comfortable winner of a tight handicap at Ascot on his latest run.
The 4 lb rise looks fair and he looks adaptable under a variety of conditions. Trainer Roger Charlton and Jason Watson team up once more at a track where they have a 33% strike rate and he`s a confident if unoriginal selection.
Good Birthday finished third in the race last year and whilst he has not been in the same form since there was more promise in his run at Newbury just 7 days ago. Jockey Martin Dwyer is in good form himself at the moment and he should go close once more this time around.
At much bigger odds Data Protection makes plenty of each-way appeal. He needs to bounce back from a poor effort on his latest start but had excuses that day and prior to that was a good winner at Sandown. He has course form, is proven under today’s conditions and looks to have a good draw based on past renewals.
Selection: Tempus (Next Best)
Danzah has looked progressive this season and should be in the mix under suitable conditions.
Alternative Fact can be forgiven his run at Goodwood on his latest start. He has been given a couple of months break since then so arrives a fresher horse and is better judged on his 2nd place finish here over course and distance the time before.
A reproduction of that effort should see him go close with conditions back to his liking and the excellent Daniel Tudhope coming in for the ride.
Selection: Alternative Fact
There was little between Count D’Orsay and Came From The Dark when they finished 1-2 over course and distance last time out and despite the 2lb weight pull it`s the former who fancied to come out on top again.
The Tim Easterby 4-year-old does have to prove himself of a mark this high but looks to be the most solid of runners under these conditions, being 2 from 2 on the going and is one of only four in the field who have won at this grade in the past.
Selection: Count D’Orsay
A race in which Aidan O’Brien has amazingly won the last 9 renewals of so it makes plenty of sense to focus on his runners once more.
The pick of those on this occasion looks to be High Definition based on the Galileo colts’ maiden victory here over course and distance.
He showed an impressive turn of foot that day quickly putting the race in safekeeping in a matter of strides and despite others having more solid form he looks the one open to most improvement.
Selection: High Definition
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