John Gosden has saddled four Cambridgeshire Handicap winners this century and two of his runners – Uncle Bryn and Magical Morning – are among the market leaders for this year’s renewal at Newmarket on Saturday.
Unlike Lord North, Gosden’s winner from two years ago, neither looks like a Group One horse in a handicap, however, and the value may lie elsewhere. Astro King might have benefited from a stronger gallop when third at York last time so a step back up in trip in Saturday’s huge field should see him run up to form.
The best horse at the weights, though, is surely Chichester (3.40), who took his already progressive form to a new level with a hugely impressive success in a first-time visor at Ayr last week, finishing six-and-a-half lengths clear of the runner-up with his rider easing down. Under a 4lb penalty, he looks the one to be on at around 9-1.
Newmarket 1.50 The main players in a fascinating Royal Lodge are all open to plenty of improvement, either for experience (Coroebus) or the step up to a mile (Royal Patronage and Masekela). Royal Patronage was a big outsider for the Acomb at York but his winning time gives the form some substance.
Haydock Park 2.05 Nugget has been off the track for nearly five months since an unlucky second in the Thirsk Hunt Cup in early May, but he has run well fresh in the past and looked like a well-handicapped horse in all three of his outings in the spring.
Newmarket 2.25 Zain Claudette and Sandrine are closely matched on their Lowther form, where the winner was getting 3lb. Both could struggle to peg back Sacred Bridge, however, as Ger Lyons’s filly has looked top-notch while remaining unbeaten in four races to date.
Haydock Park 2.40 A closely-woven sprint handicap but a return to quicker ground could suit Mondammej, who beat several of Saturday’s rivals in a well-run race over track and trip earlier earlier this month.
Newmarket 3.00 With no obvious front-runner in the 10-strong field, 2-1 looks a little thin about the Morny winner, Perfect Power, who races off the pace. Dr Zempf travelled well just behind the lead in the Phoenix Stakes last time and could be the one to benefit.
Haydock Park 1.00 Smiling Jayne 1.30 Deauville Legend 2.05 Nugget 2.40 Mondammej 3.15 Call Me Ginger 3.50 Solent Gateway 4.25 Pride Of Priory
Newmarket 1.15 Oheka 1.50 Royal Patronage 2.25 Sacred Bridge 3.00 Dr Zempf (nb) 3.40 Chichester (nap) 4.15 Thanks Monica 4.50 Mistrix
Chester 2.00 Point Lynas 2.35 Mossbawn 3.10 Straits Of Moyle 3.45 Baryshnikov 4.20 Mujtaba 4.55 Libby Ami 5.25 Fandabidozi
Market Rasen 2.10 Mulberry Hill 2.45 Scots Gold 3.20 Vinnie's Getaway 3.55 Gortroe Joe 4.30 Ingleby Hollow 5.00 Low Profile 5.35 Ultimate Fame
Ripon 2.20 Proclivity 2.55 Stripzee 3.30 Mark's Choice 4.05 Golden Apollo 4.40 Innse Gall 5.15 Artemisia Lomi 5.50 Singe Anglais
Chelmsford City 5.05 Global Acclamation 5.30 Beryl The Peril 6.00 Lisdarragh 6.30 Arclight 7.00 Roulston Scar 7.30 Ahlawi 8.00 Mushirif 8.30 La Roca Del Fuego
Joorabchian sets Breeders’ Cup goal for Hello You
The increasingly familiar purple colours of the football super-agent Kia Joorabchian could be heading to the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar in November after Hello You’s success in the Group Two Rockfel Stakes, a “win and you’re in” qualifier for America’s most valuable meeting.
Hello You started her career with Ralph Beckett but switched to David Loughnane’s stable after a falling-out between the owner and her original trainer in July. Her first win in three starts since the move was achieved with something to spare, and in the style of a filly who will appreciate the extra furlong of the Juvenile Fillies’ Turf in California.
“I know Kia is very keen to potentially have a crack at the Breeders’ Cup,” Loughnane said. “We’ve always felt she’ll be better over a mile and she’s just outstayed them today over the seven furlongs.”
Benbatl also has the Breeders’ Cup as an option after taking the Joel Stakes for the second time in three years, with the favourite Master Of The Seas, in the Godolphin operation’s first colours, only third of the seven runners.
The seven-year-old has been a bulwark of Saeed bin Suroor’s stable for the last five seasons, recording Group One wins in Germany, Australia and Dubai, and also has the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Champion Stakes at Ascot next month as possible targets.
“He’s tough horse and always tries his best,” the trainer said. “He is the horse that is leading the stable, we follow him really. We have had a lot of fun with him. We’ll keep the options open for him, it could be Champions Day … it could be the Breeders’ Cup, we’ll see.”
William Buick, Charlie Appleby’s principal jockey, has opted to ride Adayar, the Derby winner, in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on 3 October. James Doyle isexpected to ride Hurricane Lane, the stable’s recent St Leger winner, if he lines up for Europe’s showpiece event on Sunday week.
Adayar is currently the 7-2 second-favourite for the Arc behind Dermot Weld’s mare, Tarnawa, on 5-2. Hurricane Lane and Snowfall, this year’s Oaks winner, are 6-1 shots while Chrono Genesis, Japan’s main hope of a first success in the race, is 10-1.