Friday July 21st 6.30pm
So is this a Standard Saturday. Let’s see what we can find running on Saturday from our recent reviews and try to put up a Lucky 15. Do I look at the summer jumping at Market Rasen? Perhaps it’ll be Skelton Saturday!
Newbury 1.50 Looks like a Bronze Bunbury Cup, C2 7F 0-110 handicap in Berkshire instead of Suffolk. Four that interested me. Remarkable was fifth to Ribchester in last seasons G3 Jersey at Royal Ascot but was gelded afterwards and has been running in all the top 7/8F handicaps, second in the Balmoral, sixth in this years Hunt Cup, he could easily outclass these but I’m not sure he has much in hand and John Gosden has jocked up the one-armed Dettori. On my radar are two 3yo’s, Marco Botti’s Omran and William Haggas’ Executive Force. Omrans two wins have been on the AW at Chelmsford and Newcastle but he was a fine sixth to Parfait over the Rowley 7F and a hard done by seventeenth in the Britannia. Impressive as a 2yo and just the type this trainer can eke improvement from. Wears a first time tongue tie. Executive Force was two places ahead of Omran in the Britannia, he has already been gelded, Shrewd trainer Haggas is another to improve his 3yo’s and has employed the services of Paul Hanagan and Remarkable has to give Executive Force fifteen pounds. However I am swung by the softening ground, the right trip, the right grade, John Gosden booking Adam Kirby and nominate Johnny Barnes as the selection. Have him on a long list for the 6F Ayr Gold Cup but Newburys flat 7F will be fine with a strong pace and the more rain the better.
Newbury 2.25 I watched this years G2 12F Hardwicke stakes at Royal Ascot admiring Idaho’s winning performance but what the hell was Arthenus doing in the field trotting round at the back if not schooling in public? I’ve just about forgiven his run in last years John Smith’s Cup when “dwelt hampered early” killed the chance of a 6/1F I had backed at double the odds. This race is Listed, 10F with give in the ground and those are his conditions. Nothing silly Mr Queally thank you.
Mount Logan is surely having a prep for Goodwood, Thikriyaat is up 3F and wears first time cheek-pieces. The 3yo Best of Days could be the best of these in the long term but Hugo Palmers Godolphin colt has had a troubled preparation and questions over the ground, the trip and Palmer hasn’t excellent been this seasons Saturday go to man!
Newbury 3.35 Got to go with #FantasticMrFahey in a favourite race of his, the valuable Weatherbys Super Sprint over 5F. He runs five and I would love to put up Requinto Dawn who I think is quick but I’m put off by the jockey booking of S.Kelly and the softer ground could stretch his stamina. However the easy going will benefit Maggies Angel who is maybe better at 6F but her seconds in the Empress and the Hilary Needler make her very well in here. Paul Hanagan rides.
Newmarket 2.40 A hugely competitive 3yo+ 12F Aphrodite Listed Stakes for Fillies & Mares on Newmarkets July course and I’m going with the view that this seasons 3yo fillies are a decent bunch and I’ll put forward the class dropping Isabel de Urbina, who was second in the Pretty Polly and sixth in the Oaks. The Beckett yard have always held her in high regard and she needed every yard to win her maiden at Ffos Las on Good to Soft ground. She gets all the allowances and jockey John Egan is in fine form.
There’s a Lucky Fifteen then.
Newmarket correspondent David Milnes with the two-year-olds to watch 6:00PM, JUL 20 2017
Expert Eye (c. Acclamation – Exemplify) Sir Michael Stoute He got the Freemason Lodge juveniles on the board when scoring over six and a half furlongs at Newbury in June, a race that is already working out. He has since excelled in his homework and is bred to be speedy, as his dam is a half-sister to 1,000 Guineas winner Special Duty. This colt can be expected to given entries in all the top autumn juvenile races.
Glorious Journey (c. Dubawi – Fallen For You) Charlie Appleby He could be a big ticket item who is actually worth the money after realising 2.6 million guineas at Tattersalls last October. As well as in the sales ring, the gorgeous looker turned heads when he overcame a slow pace to score on his debut over six furlongs at Newmarket in June. Still a work in progress, he may be seen out only once or twice more this season.
Stream Song (f. Mastercraftsman – Montare) John Gosden This filly is bred to be top class as she’s a half-sister to her Group 1-winning stablemate Journey but looks a more precocious type. George Strawbridge’s youngster has shown plenty of her family’s ability on the local slopes in recent weeks and can be expected to have entries in races such as the Fillies’ Mile, a race Gosden won with the same owner’s Rainbow View in 2008.
Mankind (c. Dabirsim – Pastiches) George Scott This powerfully built colt ran a typical race for a Scott newcomer when fourth at Ascot last Friday and is expected to leave that form well behind before the season is out. Scott already has the useful Royal Ascot third James Garfield in his ranks and this youngster could be in that bracket.
Ibraz (c. Farhh – Wadaa) Roger Varian From the first crop of the former Godolphin top-notcher, there was a lot to like about the way Hamdan Al Maktoum’s youngster shaped when fifth on his debut in the second division of a decent maiden at the Newmarket July festival. Green in the paddock, the debutant did not have the best of draws and there should be more to come.
Tranquil Soul (f. Farhh – Peaceful Soul) David Lanigan Lanigan has yet to hit top gear with his youngsters but, while the others play catch-up, this filly has been learning on the job and could be one to be with next time. Staying on from well off the pace when taking second over six furlongs at Wolverhampton only on Monday, she could collect when tackling another furlong.
Littlelordconford (c. Intikhab – Anna Law) Richard Spencer He may not be quite as good as his Royal Ascot-winning stablemate Rajasinghe but he is talked of in the same terms at Spencer’s up-and-coming Albert House Stables. The stocky youngster is certainly bred for the job as he’s a half-brother to rising sprint star Battaash.
Silver Quartz (c. Frankel – Rosamixa) Hugo Palmer Palmer has a few Frankels up his sleeve, including this unraced grey who is coming to the boil if his recent work on the watered gallop is any guide. A racy type, the youngster can be expected to need the experience first time out but is bred to excel later on.
Roulette (f. Poet’s Voice – Unex Mona) Michael Bell She ran a cracking first race when an eyecatching sixth behind Poetic Charm in what is always a high-quality maiden at the July festival. The daughter of Poet’s Voice shaped as though a mile would be well within her compass and should win her maiden next time before stepping up in class.