We have a very busy few days ahead of us with some of the best horses in the world running over the coming days; I am very much looking forward to it. I am easing myself in on Thursday with a couple of bets.
Best bets for the horseracing at Newmarket
In the opener the mile British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes at 1.50 we have two Moulton Paddocks debutants lining-up which causes me an issue as I would usually back any Charlie Appleby trained newcomer at HQ end of story. William Buick has picked Dukes Command with James Doyle riding Marching Thunder and I think Buick has made the smart choice. Dukes Command cost a cool 1.6 million Guineas as a yearling so much will be hoped for from the son of Dubawi. He is out of How, a Galileo mare who never won a race in her career, but she is from a good family that has produced plenty of winners and she is a full-sister to the likes of multiple Group One winners Minding, Tuesday and Empress Josephine amongst others. Hopefully Charlie has this one ready to go as I am on at 11-2. Ortelius and Wafei will both be looking to improve on the debut seconds and it is a race that will surely throw up several future winners so have the notebook close to hand.
The main race on Thursday is the 7f Group Three Tattersalls Stakes (Registered As The Somerville Tattersall Stakes) at 3.35. Brian Meehan reportedly believes Inishfallen is still on an upward curve having been caught close home when a neck second to Aablan in Sandown’s G.3 7f Solario Stakes. He will need to be better again as I think this is a decent race. Aidan O’Brien sends over Military, a 375,000 Guineas yearling purchase, who justified short odds in a Naas maiden over six-furlongs on debut looking like a decent prospect. He has to be shortlisted. The yard of Charlie Appleby has been very much back in form over the past couple of weeks and he will be looking for Legend Of Time to continue the yard’s good recent record in this race having won it before with the likes of Modern Games. Appleby told the Godolphin website “Legend Of Time learned plenty on his debut and looks to have come forward for the run. He is dropping back to seven furlongs but I feel it is well within his compass. We are dipping our toe at this level to see where we are for the rest of the campaign.” He got the better of Wafei (runs in the opener) at Haydock on debut showing a good attitude to get up by a short-head over a mile there. In what is a competitive looking affair I am on the Godolphin owned colt at 9-2 and expect to see Buick try and get a few of these off the bridle a fair way out as he knows his mount stays.
The Listed Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes looks to be at the mercy of Trawlerman and he is priced accordingly.