The Abu Dhabi Gentleman’s Day is likely to feature some more thrilling action at Newmarket, following the fantastic first day which proved a real competitive one.
Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes (Group 1)
Focus is sure to be on the ever-improving three-year-old, SKY LANTERN, who has continued to impress this season. Her win in the 1,000 Guineas proved just what she is capable of, before the triumphant victory in the Coronation Stakes, when she beat the talented Just The Judge for a second time.
This year’s renewal of the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes will have only four entries, so although it is sure to be a fantastic race, Sky Lantern is very much fancied to continue her fine success. She is currently 10/11 best price with William Hill and Paddy Power.
Elusive Kate (5/2 with Betfred) ran well on her reappearance in the Queen Anne Stakes and this race should suit; she has Group 1 wins under the belt and should prove the toughest competition to the favourite, although last year’s winner Giofra (9/2 with Bet365) cannot be ignored.
The one that probably can is Purr Along. She has a lot to find to be involved here and although she has past wins in Group 3, this looks too tough with the 33/1 odds that Stan James are offering seeming fair.
Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2)
Rizeena is another favourite that will be massively fancied following her superb win at Ascot. She is the 11/8 favourite with a number of bookmakers including Paddy Power and should stay the 6f. Bye Bye Birdie is a contender whilst Fig Roll and Queen Catrine both warrant respect at decent value.
It is hard to see past the favourite here though following her previous effort and the fair odds just above 3/1 that BetVictor offer for the Sky Lantern and Rizeena double could be worth taking advantage of.
Piper-Heidsieck EBF Fillies’ Handicap
Richard Hannon enjoyed success in last year’s Piper-Heidsieck EBF Fillies’ Handicap and saddles both Indignant and Beautiful View this time round. The former is the first choice and champion jockey Richard Hughes will be hoping that they can improve on two decent seconds.
Dream Wild is the market leader at 11/2 with BetVictor, whilst Ed Dunlop’s Nardin is another very much in with a chance in this fantastic betting heat.
The 3.15 Betfred ‘The Bonus King’ Stakes is very much the most wide open contest of the day, with Moviesta the current 8/1 favourite with Ladbrokes. He finished ahead of Richard Fahey’s 10/1 shot Heaven’s Guest last time but is 4lb worse off than him today.
Equity Risk has won 3 out of 4 runs though and stayed 7f last time, indicating another big run is on the cards. He is fantastic value at 9/1 with a number of bookmakers and could well have enough to win again here.
Edge and True Story are the favourites for the Weathehrbys EBF Maiden Stakes and both are in with a good chance, although newcomers Good Value and Voice Of A Leader are expected to compete.
Luca Cumani’s Vermont finished second of six at Sandown last time and that form is enough to make him the leading fancy in the penultimate race here. Urban Dance and Refectory are others to take note of.
The final race of the day is an interesting event, with Chris Wall’s Bassara in search of a four timer. He proved he has the class at both Yarmouth and Doncaster, with another win a very realistic hope. Henry The Aviator and Lord Ofthe Shadows should give good accounts, as well as Fils Anges who finished a close second at Doncaster a week ago.
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