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Today is Middle Park day at Newmarket, a race won last season by French raider Earthlight, we also have the Chevely Park Stakes, Royal Lodge & the Cambridgeshire Handicap on the card.
Chris has been unable to make today but will join us next Sunday for our coverage of the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe, so today is Charlie, Jamie & Rich….
The going at Newmarket is… Good, good to soft in places
3.00 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes Group 1 (Colts) over 6f
Method -Out of Mehmas and Darsan, has won both starts, beginning with a 4 and 1/2 length victory over Fev Rover at Doncaster on the 26th June. Won again at Newbury on the 18th July when beating the Mighty Gurkha by 2 and 1/4 lengths with Imperial Yellow a further 3 and 1/4 lengths adrift in 3rd. Biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Lucky Vega who has won twice from last 4 starts.
4.10 British Stalion Studs EBF “Jersey Lilly” Fillies Nursery Handicap over 7f
Rennaissance Rose -Out of Shamardal and Sahraah, has only had 2 starts beginning with a 4th place finish at Ascot on debut on the 25th July when finishing behind winner Zabeel Queen there was only 3 lengths separating the first 4 home. Was sent to Kempton for next start and won beating Blue Beret by 8 lengths with Saramenha a further 2 and 3/4 lengths adrift in 3rd. Although this race looks deeper on paper, if Renaissance Rose shows same attitude here that should be enough to land this race, biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Meu Amor who was 3rd last time out behind Spright and Nazuna at Doncaster.
4.40 Bentley Motors Handicap Class 2 over 7f
Documenting –Out of Zamindar and Namaskar has won last 2 starts over 7f beginning with victory at York when beating Admirality by 1 and 1/2 lengths on the 19th July. Was then sent to Ascot and won again on the 5th September when beating Arbalet by 1/2 length. Will need to dig a bit deeper here, but remains on an upward curve and could land the hat-trick if turning up in same mood, biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Cry Havoc who has won twice from last 3 starts.
2:25 – Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (G1) –
Selection: Miss Amulet
You would have to say this is a Cheveley Park without a standout contender. Lowther victor Miss Amulet gets the nod from me. Ken Condon’s charge has already raced six times in 2020 and is now just finding top form coming into this race, her first at the top level. Last time out Miss Amulet beat Sacred & Umm Kulthum in the Lowther at York, both Fillies both re oppose today but the manner of Miss Amulet’s victory suggests to me that they may struggle to overturn that form. She has plenty of experience of undulating tracks, the ground is perfect and Ryan Moore is booked. She ticks a lot of boxes and deserves to be near the top of the market.
3:00 – Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (G1) –
Selection: Lucky Vega
There is some serious looking talent lining up in this 6F heat. My selection Lucky Vega sets out on a recovery mission after getting absolutely no run in the National Stakes at the Curragh on Champions Weekend. The son of Lope de Vega would have won if he got the splits. He may have to up his game if he is to add to his Phoenix Stakes success despite that being a Group 1 race itself, that just goes to show how hot this Middle Park is. The drop back down to 6F at a stiff track like the Rowley Mile looks like it will play to the strengths of Lucky Vega, who travels like a dream into his races. The Harrington team sounds very pleased with his preparation for this race and the ground is fine. He is my nap of the day!
3:50 – Qatar Racing Renaissance Stakes (G3) –
Selection: Urban Beat
A couple of talented British raiders head over the Irish sea in search of Euros. Although I am going to stick with the home team with a horse that has been a star for the Johnny Murtagh team. Urban Beat has run some mighty races this season with form figures of 432922, only being beat a head or neck on three occasions of top weight or near. He comes into this Group 3 heat off the back of a career best performance in a listed race at Doncaster’s Leger Festival when he was a length second to Tarboosh, who is no mug himself. If ever a horse deserves a win today it is this fellow as he is very consistent. Owners Fitzwilliam racing are searching for more big race success two weeks after Champers Elysees stunning win in the Matron Stakes. A solid chance of winning under the Champion Jockey Colin Keane.
Final Word with Rich –
1.50 Royal Lodge Stakes – Group 2 – 3yo Only – 1m….
Cobh – Kodi Bear x Arbeel colt.
2 wins from 3 starts with a runner up spot in the middle. Debut 6f win in a Class 5 maiden by a neck on July 5th before stepping up to 7f and Listed company at Ascot in the Pat Eddery Stakes, when finishing 2nd by 1 & 3/4 lengths to Chindit on July 25th, with the winner since landing the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
Cobh subsequently landed the Stonehenge Listed Stakes at Salisbury, stepping up to 1m on August 21st, beating Fancy Man by 1/2 a length.
3.00 Middle Park Stakes – Group 1 – 2yo Only – 6f…
Minzaal – Mahmas x Pardoven colt.
2 wins from 3 starts. Finished 4th on debut, only beaten by 1 & 3/4 lengths in a Class 5, 6f Maiden at Ascot on July 25th. Duly landed the shorts odds (1/2f) at Salisbury on August 9th in a 6f Class 5 Novice Stakes by 3 & 3/4 lengths before stepping up to Group level at York on August 21st.
Minzaal landed the 6f Gimcrack Group 2 Stakes by 2 lengths from Deilwala….
3.35 Cambridgeshire Handicap – Class 2 – 3yo Plus – 1m 1f….
Monthatham – Showcasing x Eastern Destiny 4yo gelding.
3 wins from 5 starts with 2 runner up spots this season since being gelded in the winter. He has landed a pair of Class 2 Heritage Handicaps over 1m at Sandown, when beating Dark Vision & at York from Sir Busker.
Beaten runner up by 3 lengths last time out ( September 16th) by Posted in a Class 1 Listed Stakes at Sandown.
Now up an extra furlong, which has seen his handicap mark rise from 89 on June 6th (Season return) to 109 today….
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