Friday 23rd September 2022
Author: Jordan Yates (EvRacing_)
Day Two of the Cambridgeshire Meeting takes place at Newmarket on Friday, and I’ll be beginning my preview with the opener at 1.50 which is the Listed Rosemary Stakes over a mile. The race is for Fillies & Mares and I’ve sided with Crystal Caprice at 7/4 for the team of Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. She’s been making a significant amount of progression as of late, arriving here having won her last three outings on the bounce. Her most recent success came at Ascot earlier this month where she won a handicap in smart style, it’s likely that there is considerable progression still to come from her as well and she represents a yard that have a very impressive record of bringing horses through the ranks. The yard also tasted success here on Thursday with Nostrum taking the Tattersalls Stakes.
It’s the 2:25 up next which is a Group 3 contest that’s also for Fillies & Mares and this time contested over a distance of a mile and four furlongs. I think that this can go to Eternal Pearl who’s currently trading at 9/4 for William Buick and Charlie Appleby. Sporting the famous blue silks of Godolphin, she’s another horse who arrives here in top-drawer form, having won her last three outings. She was last seen when winning a Group 3 event in France last month, she won in smart style that day by getting the job done by two-lengths and stayed on strongly at the finish. On her penultimate outing she also won the listed Aphrodite Stakes on the July course here, if contiuning on her current rate of progression, she could well prove tough to beat for connections who also tasted success here on Thursday.
Next we have the 3:00 which is the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes that’s ridden over seven furlongs. I’m siding with the Irish raider here in Olivia Maralda who’s currently a 7/2 chance for the team of Rossa Ryan and Michael O’Callaghan. She arrives here with the best form that’s currently on offer, when she was last seen she finished just under a length in second behind the very talented Group 1 filly Mediate in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh back in August. This is very solid form, as the O’Brien filly Mediate went on to run a cracker in Group 1 company next time out. Whilst there is clearly some untapped potential among some of her rivals here, she sets the standard and if she runs near to the level of her last outing she’ll be tough to beat. Another thing to note is that she’s already tasted success in the UK having bolted up in a fillies maiden at Newbury back in July.
Concluding my preview for Day Two will be the 3:35 which is the Group 2 Joel Stakes that’s contested over a mile. This is a trappy affair, however, I’ve taken a chance on what appears to be the solid option in the race here and that’s Pogo at 6/1 for Charlie Hills and Tom Marquand. He’s got bundles of course form this name with his most recent success at the track coming in June when he won the Group 3 Criterion Stakes. This term as a whole he’s kept his form up to a solid standard, having being placed in two Group 2s, with the most recent of those coming on his most recent outing in the City of York Stakes when finishing behind Kinross in August. He was runner-up in this last year, and I’d argue that this is a slightly weaker renewal, therefore, I’m chancing him to go one better this time around.