Dewhurst Day Preview

Saturday 10th October 2020

Welcome to this Saturday’s Preview where it’s Dewhurst Day over at Newmarket. We saw Pretty Gorgeous edge out Indigo Girl in the Fillies’ Mile at HQ yesterday and once again I’ll be going through the day’s top events and giving my verdict. Enjoy!


The first race I’m going to take a look at once again comes from York at 1.00 and it’s the Group 3 Bengough Stakes over six furlongs. I think this particular contest can go to DAKOTA GOLD for the Michael Dods stable. He has a fantastic record over course and distance and has been in great form as of late, there’s nothing that suggests he won’t give another strong account from the front. The main dangers look to come from old favourite The Tin Man and the more progressive Brad The Brief.


(Finishing Position: 1st)

Moving over to Newmarket and the first race I’m taking a look at there is the 1.45 Zetland Stakes which is also a Group 3 affair. Contested over a distance of a mile and two furlongs I’ve sided with Aidan O’Brien’s KYPRIOS here who’s to be ridden by Ryan Moore. The yard don’t have that many first time out two-year-old winners and they think a lot of this son of Galileo, who’s a rare Moyglare Stud runner for the stable. He gave the impression on debut that the further he goes the better and could well prove a top prospect. Lone Eagle and Fabilis look to be the main dangers.


(Finishing Position: Unplaced)

Next up at HQ is the 2.20 which is another Group 3 affair this time in the form of the Autumn Stakes over a mile. One Ruler and Van Gough set the standard at the top of the market here, and are both obvious big players. I’ve taken them on though with DHAHABI who’s seemingly the Godolphin second-string under James Doyle. He’s a very expensive son of Frankel who made a winning debut here on the July course before finishing second in a Listed contest on his most recent outing. I think there could well be a lot more to come, and I’d be willing to chance him at the prices. Another to note here is Latest Exhibition, another Frankel offspring who won well at Doncaster’s St Leger Meeting.


(Finishing Position: 3rd)

It’s the big one now at 2.55 which is none other than the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes. The Irish have a strong hand here with both Thunder Moon and Cadillac likely to prove big players. I’ve had two punts in the race though, the first a more obvious one in the form of Richard Hannon’s unbeaten CHINDIT who’s the mount of Pat Dobbs. I’ve become a big fan of this colt by Wootton Bassett this season and he posted his best effort to day last time out when taking the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster. He’s clearly a very smart individual and whilst he will need to step up again here there’s no telling where the limit to his potential is. The other I’ve had a go on here at a big price is POETIC FLARE for Jim Bolger. He’s a very intriguing runner, I actually put him up on here on his only outing to date back in March when he beat Lipizzaner in a Naas maiden. This is some ask to come straight here from that effort nearly 7 months ago, however, his trainer has won this race many times as did his sire Dawn Approach for the Bolger yard back in 2012. They clearly think a lot of him to pitch him in here and you just never know, he could well outrun his price.


(Finishing Position: Unplaced)

POETIC FLARE (28/1) (Each-Way)

(Finishing Position: Unplaced)

I’m not one for Heritage Handicap’s but I’ve had a play in the Cesarewitch which takes place at 3.35. I’ve sided with the Willie Mullins trained GREAT WHITE SHARK who’s set to be ridden by Jason Watson. The National Hunt King from Closutton won this race in 2018 and 2019 and whilst this six-year-old was only tenth in the race last year, she arrives this time a much better horse having claimed success over hurdles at the Galway Festival as well as finishing third at Cheltenham. She’s the yard’s sole entry and a bold showing would be no surprise.


(Finishing Position: 1st)

The final race I’ll be looking at on this particular Saturday is the 4.50 which is the Group 3 Darley Stakes over a mile and a furlong. I think this race revolves around HIGHEST GROUND for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. He’s not been seen since finishing second in the Dante Stakes at York back in May when well fancied, but remains a horse with great potential for his powerful connections. If handling the going he’s a massive player in this. The main danger looks to come in the form of John Gosden’s expensive Dahrain.


(Finishing Position: Unplaced)


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