Newmarket Cambridgeshire Meeting 2018 – (Day 2)
The Group 2 Shadwell Joel Stakes is a contest that’s ridden over a distance of a mile and takes place on Day Two of the Cambridgeshire Meeting and this years renewal has attracted the five runners with just over £56,000 going to the winner. It’s headed by the in form Mustashry for Sir Michael Stoute who will be looking to make amends for his flop in this particular contest last year. Since then he’s put in three solid performances this term winning two of three culminating in a gutsy win in the Group 2 Park Stakes the last day at Doncaster. He’s likely to have a big say once again here and can be found at the top of the market at around a general 13/8. Jim Crowley is once again on board. The horse next up in the betting is also trained by Sir Michael Stoute and that comes in the form of Regal Reality for Cheveley Park. He won in Group 3 company at Goodwood on his penultimate start and was last seen when finishing third whilst carrying a penalty in tough conditions at Haydock. The faster conditions here will be much more up his street and he’s every chance of going very close again here with Ryan Moore on board. He’s a general 3/1 chance.
Accidental Angel comes here under a penalty however has won around here before albeit that being in a sales contest when a two year old, he’ll need to bounce back to the form of his win in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and put his flop the last day in France behind him if he is to feature. He’s every chance of doing that though and is a general 5/1 chance under Charlie Bishop. Zabeel Prince makes his return to the track here for Roger Varian, a horse that i’m a big fan of, he generally goes well fresh however the drying ground looks to be a concern. He’s the mount of Silvestre De Sousa and can be found in the betting at around the 11/2 mark. The field is concluded by Zonderland for Clive Cox who’s took his chance in some hot contests this term and if on a going day could well play a part as the outsider at around 9/1.
A very competitive affair to get your head around as a case can be made for all of them but i’m going to side with REGAL REALITY under Ryan. I think a return too a quick surface is something he’ll relish and he’s got more than enough ability to service it up in the talented field.