Horse Racing: Newmarket & York, Preview, Tips – Saturday

Our resident tipster Stefan Fellows previews the action from a great doubleheader at Newmarket and York.

Stefan Fellows

The ITV Racing cameras will once again be at Newmarket and York for the second day of racing from Headquarters and the Knavesmire.

So here’s Stefan Fellows with his ones to watch.


Horse Racing Ascot

1m 2f Zetland Stakes (Group 3)

The Aidan O’Brien yard has won two of the last three running’s and they look to have another good chance with the likely favourite Kyprios.

The Galileo colt won well on debut at Galway last month leaving the impression there is much more to come. He handled soft ground that day and it`s normally a tip in itself when his high-profile yard brings these types over the Irish channel.

In a race which stamina and grit could come to the fore Recovery Run whilst lacking the potential of some of these is expected to give the selection most to worry about.

Lone Eagle finished behind Recover Run on debut but has since won a couple of races himself and being related to a previous Oaks winner should appreciate the step up in trip.

Selection: Kyprios (Next Best)   

1m Autumn Stakes (Group 3)

Charlie Appleby looks to hold s strong hand running both One Ruler and Dhahabi. The former ran a good race to finish third in a listed race at Doncaster last time and should appreciate the step up 1 mile today.

That said it`s his stablemate at the likely odds who is preferred. The Frankel colt made a winning success here (July Course) on debut in a maiden before following up with a solid 2nd at listed level.

He still looked in need of the experience that day being slowly into stride and should have more improvement to come especially with the step up to a mile expected to suit.

An Gogh brings the best current form to the race after placing in a group 2 at Leopardstown prior to winning a maiden, he has to be respected but lacks the scope of a couple and would be vulnerable if these becomes too much of a test.

Selection: Dhahabi

7f Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1)

Chindit is unbeaten in 3 career starts and always looked in control when winning the group 2 Champagne stakes at Doncaster.

There is no reason why he should no go close once more but marginal preference on this occasion is for another unbeaten 2-year-old Thunder Moon. The Joseph O`Brien trained runner was an impressive winner of the Group 1 National stakes on just his second visit to the racecourse.

The fact he was such an impressive winner despite not having a clear trip that day only adds to the potential this horse has for the future. The Hamdan Al Maktoum owned pair of Alkumait and Albasheer are others to note.

Selection: Thunder Moon (NAP)

Newcastle UK Horse Races

2m 2f Cesarewitch Handicap (Class 2)

Leoncavallo looks to have been lined up for a tilt at this and looks to have more to offer on the level he has however been well found by the market.

Willie Mullins has won the last 2 renewals of the race and his Great White Shark will be looking to do better than his 10th place finish in the race last season.

Not So Sleepy was a good winner on his return to the level last time at Pontefract but that form may not be the strongest and will need to take another step forward.

Coltrane has looked progressive this season including landing a hat-trick when winning the Melrose handicap at York. Stamina seems to be this one’s strength and he represents a top jockey/trainer combination but many similar 3-year olds have struggled in this unique test in the past so is passed over on this occasion.

The Gavin Cromwell trained Whirling Dervish hits many of the key trends of past winners of the race and looks on a fair mark based on his best flat form. He’s run well enough over hurdles recently to suggest he arrives in good form and looks to have fair each way chances in a typically open looking race.

Selection: Whirling Dervish (Each Way)


UK Horse Racing Newmarket

6f Rockingham Stakes (Listed)

The Richard Fahey trained Regional looks set to appreciate the step up to 6f and looks the one to be with here. A maiden winner over the stiff 5f at Pontefract he improved on that effort last time finishing 4th in a listed race at Ayr.

The manner in which he finished the race suggested this type of test will bring out more improvement. Legal Attack ran a good race to finish 2nd in a group 3 over in France last time and looks the main danger

Selection: Regional

1m 2f Handicap (Class 2)

This could be a race set to be dominated by the 3 years old in the line-up. Ilaraab arrives here seeking a 5 timer and has to be respected once more with him just doing enough on each occasion to secure victory.

The Sir Michael Stoute trained Crystal Pegasus won well at Yarmouth last time but a 4lb rise in a much stronger race means more is needed on this occasion.

Matthew Flinders himself been hit with a 5lb rise for his win at Doncaster but the step back up to 10f looks the right move and his overall form suggests he should go close again.

Selection: Matthew Flinders

6f Sprint Trophy Handicap (Class 2)

Mr Lupton has been in excellent form recently but has crept up the wights once more and could just find this mark beyond him now.

Irish Raider Laugh A Minute is closely matched with Mr Lupton on when the pair meet at the Curragh but the latter didn’t get the clearest of runs that day and on better terms is expected to go well under what looks ideal conditions.

Magical Sprit was an impressive winner of the Ayr Silver Cup and has to be respected despite the 10lb hike in the weights. Soldier`s Minute is another to note on the back of his solid 4th placed effort in the Ayr Gold Cup and could give the selection most to think about.

Selection: Laugh A Minute

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