Cambridgeshire meeting continues at HQ Newmarket today. Fair day for Triple G
yesterday with Elarqam winning at
7-4, UAE King was third; it’s a winning start to the 3-day meeting.
Plenty of pattern class action today and they get underway with the Listed Rosemary Stakes at 1.50. Muffri'Ha, Amabilis and Tisbutadream all have chances and my preference is for the Ralph Beckett trained three-year-old who looked to be a filly ready to go up in grade when taking a handicap at Ascot over a mile last time. I have the 4-1.
The Group Three Princess Royal Nayef Stakes is next. Mori will be favourite but ran no sort of race when odds-on jolly in the good-soft York last time begging the question will she go on today’s ground? Fleur Forsyte won that Listed Galtres Stakes and though 4lb worse off today there is no reason to think the result can be reversed on the bare form. At 4-1 I am on the James Fanshawe filly.
It’s the Group Two Rockfel Stakes at 3.00 over seven furlongs. Mark Johnston drops Nyaleti down to seven furlongs having just been caught in the G.2 May Hill at Doncaster on rain softened ground over a mile earlier this month; won a G.3 on good-soft earlier this year so underfoot conditions should be fine and she looks the one to beat. I am on at 11-4. The biggest dangers may be the unexposed Gavota and Lightening Quick who was supplemented by Ger Lyons following her debut win back in Ireland.
The Group Two Joel Stakes sees some promising 3YO’s take on the older brigade over a mile. Beat The Bank blotted his copy book at Royal Ascot in the G.3 Jersey Stakes (excuses on the stands side) but has won his other four starts to date including the G.3 Thoroughbred Stakes on the soft at Glorious Goodwood. Looks to be very much on the upgrade and at 5-2 is the one for Triple G. Comes here rather than a trip to France this weekend.
The Listed Godolphin Stakes at 4.45 is the last race of interest to me on Friday and would appear to be at the mercy of Frontiersman owned by the sponsors and trained by Charlie Appleby. Two for two over track and trip the ground is a bit of a concern but hopefully it should stay dry and deteriorate no further. The blinkers remain on in the hope of helping him push on when it matters in the final furlong; if they work the colt should win and I have the 6-5.