This Saturday brings a weekend full of quality racing, with Newmarket hosting the Dubai Future Champions Day, the October Meeting at York and the Jump Legends Raceday at Chepstow.
Dubai Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1)
The Dubai Dewhurst Stakes is the second of the two Group 1 contests of the day at Newmarket and could well pan out to be a very competitive one. Bet365 are offering the best price for the market leader, War Command, of the Ballydoyle yard.
The main threat to him is Godolphin’s Outstrip, who won well at Doncaster following a fine effort when beaten at Goodwood previous to that. He is 15/8 with Ladbrokes whilst the rest of the field seem a fair way behind.
The favourite’s only defeat came over 6f, whilst his 7f form puts him in strong contention and he should give another good account.
Richard Hannon’s Anjaal should be suited by the step up in trip to 7f and Cable Bay is a consistent type, although both are expected to find it difficult.
Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes (Group 1)
The other Group 1 event is the Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes, and trainer O’Brien again saddles the favourite, Great White Eagle. He is unbeaten in two starts after winning a Group 3 at the Curragh last month.
Kevin Ryan’s Astaire represents decent value at 17/2 with BetVictor following an front-running win in the Gimcrack when he had both Saayerr and Justice Day behind.
Hot streak won well over minimum trip at Ascot last time, however he found jockey Ryan Moore’s ride, Supplicant too good in the Mill Reef over 6f. Fahey’s colt is in impressive form, winning all three races over this distance and at 17/2 is well worth a bet.
Sudirman won the Phoenix Stakes and is a very consistent type so cannot be ruled out, whilst Shamson also represents good value at 14/1 with most firms with champion jockey, Hughes on board.
Betfred Cesarewitch (Heritage Handicap)
The feature race of the day is sure to make for a hugely competitive contest, with 34 entries set to feature. So many horses can play a part in this race, however some seem more appealing than others.
Smoky Hill, Tiger Cliff, Oriental Fox and Pallasator all present leading claims, whilst Domination, Lieutenant Miller and Platinum are a few more to watch out for. Another worth keeping an eye on is Nicky Henderson’s Earth Amber who will be ridden by Richard Hughes. Coral are currently offering 25/1 for the 4-year-old.
Lockwood represents good value in the 7f Dubai Challenge Stakes, along with the Ayr Gold Cup winner Highland Colori.
BetVictor are offering 9/2 and 13/2 following the withdrawal of Darwin.
Lightning Thunder is the one to beat in the Vision.ae Rockfel Stakes and at 8/11 with most firms is unlikely to be beaten following her near miss over course and distance last time.
Hoku may well be the best of the rest and represent decent forecast and each-way value at 20/1 with a number of leading firms.
Oklahoma City is hard to ignore for the Ballydoyle yard, following last week’s sales win here. The return to 1m is sure to suit and Bet365’s 9/4 is sure to tempt punters.
are both offering 5/1 for Hugo Palmer’s 3-year-old.
Godolphin’s French Navy is another in strong contention, following the disappointment in this last year, as are jockey Hughes’ ride, Tullius and O’Brien’s Afonso De Sousa who are both around the 7/1 mark.
Other racing across the UK is set to be equally as entertaining, with Chepstow, Hexham, Wolverhampton and York all due to go ahead.
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