Saturday 13th April 2019
1.40. (Surprise Stakes) (Group 3) (1m 4f)
The Surprise Stakes kicks things off on Saturday at Newbury a Group 3 contest over a mile and four furlongs and the one I’m siding with here comes in the form of the William Haggas trained YOUNG RASCAL who’s the mount of James Doyle. He dead heated here when last seen and made it three from three at this track and was only beaten once last season in five starts and that was in the Derby. He looks a Group 1 performer in the making and should be putting in a bold bid once again at this track. Defoe is the favourite and a horse I’m a huge fan of, he usually hits the ground running and won this last year. He’ll be a tough nut to crack if turning up on song. There’a whole host of them could outrun their odds here, the most likely looking to Laraaib and the in form Mootasadir.
WIN: YOUNG RASCAL (3/1)
2.10. (Dubai Duty Free Stakes) (Group 3) (7f)
The 2.10 is the Dubai Duty Free Stakes or the Fred Darling and is a race contested over a distance of seven furlongs. The one I’m siding with in this particular affair is the Ralph Beckett filly DANCING VEGA. She comes here off the back of just one outing and that was a debut success at Doncaster at the back end of last season. She created a huge impression that day and the yard have had several similar types to her who look Group horses in the making. It’s going to be no simple challenge for her here though as she comes up against several proven top level performers most notably the Aidan O’Brien trained So Perfect who won the Group 1 Cheveley Park stakes last season. Star Terms is also another one very much to note and one of the more interesting prospects in the line up looks to be the David Elsworth trained Dandhu.
WIN: DANCING VEGA (3/1)
2.40. (Greenham Stakes) (Group 3) (7f)
It’s another Group contest next and this comes in the form of the Group 3 Greenham Stakes which is also contested over a distance of seven furlongs. A competitive looking renewal of this contest of which I’ve decided to go for two selections and the first of these is the Richard Hannon trained BOITRON. He won over course and distance last August when taking a Listed event before finishing fourth in a French Group 1 at Longchamp on Arc day. An ease in a grade here and a return to Newbury looks sure to suit him and there’s every chance of him returning to winning ways here with champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle. My other selection comes in the form of the Scat Daddy colt that is MAGIC J. He was an expensive purchase that overcame greenness to win in taking style on debut, this is a sizeable step up in class but he could well be up for it. Oisin Murphy is in the saddle. Other notable entries look to come in the form of Great Scot, Hello Youmzain and Mohaather who all look to have a chance.
WIN: BOITRON (7/2)
EACH WAY: MAGIC J (10/1)
3.15. Spring Cup Fancies:
EACH WAY: EXEC CHEF (9/1)
(Very progressive horse was a fine second in the Spring Mile on reappearance a few weeks back at Doncaster.)
EACH WAY: GULF OF POETS (20/1)
(Back on his last winning mark and put in solid effort on reappearance the last day in the Spring Mile. Trainer’s record here the concern.)