Saturday ITV Preview. (Newbury Lockinge Day) (Newmarket)

Saturday 20th May 2023
Author: Jordan Yates (EvRacing_)

Welcome aboard to this week’s Saturday ITV Preview where we’ve got seven races to cast opinions on which come from Newbury where it’s Lockinge Day as well as back at Newmarket. As ever, if you are having a punt make sure you do it in a responsible manner.

The 1:50 at Newbury is where we kick things off and this is the listed Carnarvon Stakes which is contested over six furlongs. I think that this is all about Noble Style who currently heads the betting for the team of William Buick and Charlie Appleby. He signed off last season unbeaten in three outings which culminated with success in the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York and made his seasonal reappearance when finishing a very respectable sixth place in the 2000 Guineas behind Chaldean, this represents a significant drop in grade and he should prove tough to beat.

Moving onto the 2:05 at Newmarket now and this is a Class 4 handicap which is contested over a mile. This is naturally competitive, but I think that Acotango comes here with a very solid chance for Harry & Roger Charlton and Richard Kingscote. He made a very encouraging return to the track at Haydock last month when finishing a length behind the improving Racingbreaks Ryder, and there could well be more to come from him. If continuing his progression he holds very solid claims.

The 2:25 at Newbury is where the attention turns to now and this is the Group 3 Al Rayyan Stakes which is ridden over a mile and four furlongs. Yibr sets the standard at the top of the market on the form he already has in the book, and will probably be tough to beat if on song. However, I’ve taken him on, and I’ve done this with Haskoy for Ralph Beckett and Frankie Dettori. She progressed in taking style last term and was second past the post in the St Leger on just her third outing. There could be an exciting future ahead for this Golden Horn filly and a bold bid here would be no great surprise.

Next up it’s the 2:40 at Newmarket where we’re back within handicap company which this time comes over a distance of six furlongs. I’ve taken a chance on Washington Heights here who represents David Probert and Kevin Ryan. He comes into the race with a whole host of solid form to his name within decent company and most recently added to said form with a fine second-placed effort over course and distance at the beginning of the May. He’ll contest this off just a pound higher and looks to have every chance of going well again.

The 3:00 at Newbury is where we go now and this is the London Gold Cup, an ultra-competitive heritage handicap that is ridden over a mile and two furlongs. I’m taking a chance on Royal Rhyme here for the combination of Clifford Lee and Karl Burke. He bolted up over this distance at Newbury last time within handicap company, and whilst he’s been raised accordingly in the weights, he could still have more to offer as he looks to still have considerable room for improvement.

Following on it’s the 3:15 at Newmarket and this is more handicap action this time over seven furlongs on the Rowley Mile. I’ve sided with Striking Star here who sports the famous blue silks of Godolphin for Charlie Appleby and Adam Kirby. He’s progressed with each run this term, finishing second on each occasion with his most recent outing coming when just a half-length behind the winner. If he progresses again from that outing he could have a big say.

Concluding the preview will be the 3:35 at Newbury which is the feature race of the day in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes that’s ridden over a mile. The race has seen some of the best milers in the business take its honours over the years. In this year’s renewal of the race I like the chances of Mutasaabeq for Jim Crowley and Charlie Hills. He was mightily impressive on his seasonal reappearance at Newmarket last month, when putting Native Trail to the sword by three lengths within Group 2 company. He could well be coming into his own within his five-year-old campaign and if he turns up in the same form as he did last time, he’s got to be considered as a major threat to all of them.