Two from two on day one of the Cambridgeshire meeting but they weren't exactly big prices in the end! Friday, or Shadwell Day as the marketing guys like to call it, boasts two Group contests, the Group Two Shadwell Rockfel Stakes and Shadwell Joel Stakes. I am having three bets on the day.
At 2.25 we have the Group Three 1m4f Princess Royal Muhaarar Stakes. Promissory jumped off the page at me for this. Third, on debut, she won her second start and was then second to subsequent St Leger runner-up Sir Ron Priestley in the 1m6f G.3 March Stakes. As a three-year-old filly she gets the very handy weight-for-age and sex allowances plus you would expect more improvement yet on only her fourth career start. A well-bred sort she's a confident choice to land this and I took the 13-8 happily.
The 7f Group Two Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at 3.00 would appear to be a good chance for Daahyeh to get back to winning ways. She beat G.1 Cheveley Park Stakes jolly Raffle Prize on debut at Newmarket before taking the G.3 Albany Stakes at Ascot. Raffle Prize then got revenge when they met again in the 6f G.2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes before Daahyeh took a trip to Ireland to finish second in the 7f G.1 Moyglare Stud Stakes. It’s all pretty solid form and I have a bit of the 11-8. Festival Day is the potential fly in the ointment.
They face a mile at 3.35 for the Group Two Joel Stakes. I have backed Benbatl a few times and the five-year-old makes his belated seasonal bow in this. A five-time winner including the Group One Dubai Turf last year at Meydan he was far from disgraced when two-lengths second to Winx in the Cox Plate in October when last seen on track. Possibly better suited to a shade further than this I would not be surprised to see Oisin Murphy make this a proper test and took a bit of the 13-2 with Paddy Power early and crossed my fingers they don’t get too much rain. King Of Comedy is the obvious danger and the one I fear most.