Following the furore caused by the unauthorised tweets from Cartmel Racecourse rest assured I will be sticking to the horse racing here on Triple G. I am four from five thus far for the meeting and hopefully I have a few more winners for the weekend.
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Anyway Saturday is Juddmonte Day down at HQ Newmarket. The 1m1f Cambridgeshire Handicap is the big betting race with over thirty horses lining-up. It is, of course, considered the first leg of the Autumn Double the second being the 2m2f Cesarewitch in October. I can safely say no horse will be trying to do the double, the last one that did was Plaisanterie back in 1885!
There are two two-year-old Group One races to enjoy the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes and the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes; will we see any clues for next years Classics? It’s a cracking day of racing with a seven-race card so settle in and enjoy; the horses burdened with the Triple G cash follow.
We get underway with the Group Two Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes over a mile at 1.50. Iberia will have been ignored by many but the colt won on debut before being beaten by 9¾ and 13¾ lengths on his subsequent two starts; that said they were defeats behind Armory and then Pinatubo and none lining-up here are 12-0 rated! Breeding suggests this extra furlong won’t hurt at all and I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a lot closer than his 25-1 price earlier this week suggests he will. I have had an each-way investment.
They are due to line-up at 2.25 for the Group One 6f Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes for two-year-old fillies. Raffle Prize has done little wrong in her first season with three wins and two seconds to her name. One of those seconds was to Earthlight last time in the 6f Prix Morny where she went down by a neck on heavy going. That colt has been jolly for the Middle Park in the run-up to the meeting (more on him in a minute) and it looks pretty strong form to me. At 6-4 early this week I took a chance.
At 3.00 it is the two-year-old colts turn for the Group One 6f Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes; Earthlight, Mums Tipple and Siskin will all put their unbeaten records on the line. I mentioned the Andre Fabre trained Godolphin colt Earthlight above. He arrives a perfect four from four after the G.1 Prix Morny win. The colt won well on debut in 5.5f Maisons-Laffitte maiden on good to soft in June and comfortably followed up in 6f Deauville conditions contest on good. He then ran away with G.3 Prix de Cabourg back there in July. After the exploits of Godolphin owned Pinatubo recently Fabre has had to rethink his plans for his charge explaining recently: “Of course, given that Pinatubo is now likely to head to the Dewhurst, we have had a rethink about Earthlight. He’s already won a Group One over six furlongs in the Prix Morny, so we won’t be asking him to do anything different.” All the rain that has been about will not have done his chances any harm. 2-1 has been available in the build-up and I have a bit of that. Siskin missed his potential clash against Pinatubo out in Ireland the other day - looks a good idea now - and was instead aimed at this. I have to say though in his narrow defeat of Monarch Of Egypt in the G.1 Phoenix Stakes he did not to my eye appear to be loving the softer underfoot conditions and I think he’d like firmer. Richard Hannon’s Mums Tipple takes a big old step up in class having won a competitive sales race at York by 11 lengths last time. Hannon has also left in his Gimcrack and Champagne Stakes winner Threat and that colt has an each-way shout.
Away from Newmarket, they have a nice little meeting at Chelmsford City in the evening. I will be having a punt in the 6.20 the Extra Places At totesport.com Handicap over 1m2f. I have tipped Bin Battuta before and I have said in the past he might be a Group horse in a handicap. He has not won at group level yet but the 5yo is pretty decent and should prove too good for this line-up. Gelded since his last run when 3rd in the G.3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy in February at the Dubai Carnival the time off track is of little concern as he appears to go best fresh. He won on debut at two and seasonal debut at three and five having not race as a four-year-old; his win in January this year was off a break of 495 days! Get on at the best price you can when they price-up.