A good start to the Craven meeting for Triple G on Tuesday with Shine So Bright advised at 7-2 and Qabala advised at 12-1 getting the job done; Western Australia the disappointment for me.
It is day two at HQ Newmarket on Wednesday and I have had a couple of bets.
At 3.00 they face 6f for the Group 3 Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes with some familiar names lining-up. Dreamfield has not been seen since August 2018 and has obviously had problems. He could prove to be a good horse this season but has questions to answer at the moment. Last years winner Brando has the best form in the book despite not winning again in 2018 having finished second in the G.1 July Stakes here (Dreamfield sixth) and Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock. The seven-year-old goes well fresh and is fancied to take this again, grab a bit of the 6-4.
The race which the meeting is named after the Group Three bet365 Craven Stakes is due off at 3.35 with ten facing the mile. Zakouski is short enough in the market but you can’t argue with how he won on debut at Kempton in November in a Novice Stakes over seven; he looks like he may prove decent in time and he is a half-brother to a couple of fair Australian winners. There has been cash for him in the 2,000 Guineas market recently so a big show here will be expected. Trainer Charlie Appleby, of course, saddled Masar to win this last season. The New Approach colt went on to finish third in the Rowley Mile Classic before claiming Investec Derby glory at Epsom. That said the other Godolphin colt, Saeed bin Suroor trained Royal Marine, has won me a few quid already in his short career and has top-drawer form to his name having won the G.1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere last back end at Longchamp – tipped on here. He was a little disappointing in the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial in January on dirt out in Dubai when fourth but he blew the start there and was never really in it. All being well will bounce back to form here back on turf. I have 3-1.