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We are taking part in the SM blackout & this post will be updated after racing Saturday with Sunday’s thoughts…
The first CLASSIC of the season is upon us & ALL 4 of us will have our thoughts on the big race plus a couple of selections, along with a few bits & bobs from other meetings across the weekend… THIS will be the 1 STOP SHOP for our thoughts ALL weekend!
The GOING at Newmarket is ….. Good to Firm.
Saturdays results –
Charlie – Al Zaraqaan(Unplaced) & Mohaaafeth(Winner)
Chris – Bell Rock(Winner) & Judicial(Unplaced)
Jamie – Quilxios(Unplaced) & Rock your World(Unplaced)
Rich – Maamora(Unplaced) Sir Ron Priestly(Winner) & Victor Ludorum(3rd)
The best of the 4 of us in the 2000 Guineas was Rich with Master of the Sea(2nd)
With that bit of house keeping sorted, we have Sunday’s thoughts… OH the Prix Ganay is 3.15….
2.25 Newmarket Pretty Poly Stakes
Selection – Taslima – 3 Year Old Filly out of Golden Horn and Tamarind. Has had just the one race finished a 2 length 2nd to stablemate Evania at Lingfield on the 22nd December last year over 1m 2f. With normal progress should strip better here and give Mr Gosden another victory in a race he’s won 5 times from last 7 renewals. Biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of A’Sharri who won here over 7f last August when beating Ready To Venture by 3 and 1/2 lengths on soft ground. 3rd
3.00 Newmarket Dahlia Stakes
Selection – Fooraat – 4 year old Filly out of Dubawi and Nahrain. Has had 6 career starts so far winning twice and placing 2nd once. The wins have came on the all-weather at Newcastle and Chelmsford and the 2nd place came at Kempton on the 5th April when losing to Lavender’s Blue by 1 and 1/2 length. Biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Queen Power who was 2nd in this race last season behind Terebellum. NON RUNNER
1.33 Prix du Pont Neuf
Erasmo has made a promising impression in just 4 starts to date, winning twice including at listed level. A fair comeback run over 9f when 2nd but it’s no surprise to see this Oasis Dream colt back down to 7f where he has put up both wins. He’s not been missed in the betting, but should go well here especially receiving weight from one of his main market rivals today. – 2nd
2.35 British Steelstock Maiden Stakes
Mellow Magic caught the eye when a fair 3rd on debut in what appears a warm Newbury Novice race over 10f. She has looked a work in progress there but did run on nicely in the closing stages, hinting that a step-up in trip would suit. She looks to have been found a nice opportunity over 12f here and should go well. 2nd
The Guineas – 3.40 1000 Guineas – 3yo Fillies’ Only – Group 1 – 1m…
Selection – Saffron Beach – 3 year old filly out of New Bay and Falling Petals, has had 3 starts so far winning twice and placing 2nd once. All 3 starts have came at this venue beginning with a 4 and 1/4 length victory over Wootton Creek with Nebulosa a further 3/4 of a length behind in 3rd on the 26th September 2020. Returned here on the 9th October 2020 and won again beating Thank You Next by 1/2 a length with Shine For You a further length and 1/4 adrift in 3rd in a Group 3 over 7f. Most recently was a 3/4 length 2nd behind Sacred in another Group 3 over 7f here on the 14th April this year. With that experience under the belt can get involved here stepping up in distance to 1m. Although was beaten by Sacred last time out can exact revenge on that rival today with normal progress and is taken to land the spoils in a trappy looking renewal. 2nd
Having backed this one to win the Fred Darling on the blog we go again in the 1000 Guineas with Alcohol Free. Andrew Balding’s filly battled gamely to win that day and connections are confident she will see out the trip. Already proven on the track after her Cheveley Park win and fast ground suiting her, she must run well today at a nice price. 5th
A dozen Fillies’ go to post for the 1000 Guineas as The Haggas / Marquand combination go in search of another big winner. I like the chances of their Filly, Sacred who won the Nell Gywn over 7F a few weeks in nice fashion. That day she had Saffron Beach in 2nd and Star Of Emaraaty in 5th despite idling a little in the final 100 yards. So, we know that she handles the undulations of Newmarket well. Sacred is a Filly with a very bright future and on fast ground that will suit being an Exceed & Excel Filly she has to have a good chance of claiming this prestigious prize. Of the others I can see Mother Earth running a huge race along with Alcohol Free, who also acts well on this course. Unplaced
Alcohol Free – No Nay Never X Plying 3yo filly.
The Group 1 Cheveley Park winner on final start of 2020 over 6f at this course. Off for 204 days before returning at Newbury on April 16th in the 7f Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes, denying Statement by a short head, Up in trip. 5th
2:45 – ParisLongchamp – Prix De L’Avre (Listed) – Selection: Soldier Rising
This looks a decent 1m 3f listed heat for the 3yo Colts. I am going to take on the favourite Fenelon with Andre Fabre’s Soldier Rising. My selection has 2 wins from 3 races so far in his career and won last time out at Chantilly in determined fashion over a mile and a half. He will need to improve from that run to win this, but he is trained by a genius. Being a Frankel he will appreciate the good ground and perhaps the drop back in trip will help Soldier Rising. Big chance under one of the world’s best in Pierre Charles – Boudet.
3:00 – Newmarket – Dahlia Stakes (G2) – Selection: Lavender’s Blue
Amanda Perrett’s Star Mare Lavender’s Blue holds strong claims of registering a third career win. Last season didn’t exactly go to plan for the daughter of Sea The Stars with no wins from 6 races and some below par efforts. On her 2021 reappearance she put them away nicely at Kempton in a listed race where she had Fooraat covered by over a length. The form looks solid overall. With a run under her belt, Lavender’s Blue should strip fitter today and she could be back to her best this season. The straight mile at Newmarket doesn’t hold any fears for me and on this ground I am confident of a big performance today. Queen’s Course is a worthy favourite and will be tough to beat. 3rd of 7
2.25 – Pretty Polly Stakes – Fillies’ Listed – 3yo Only – 1m 2f…
Sea Karats – Sea the Stars X Kitcara Filly.
3rd on racecourse debut on April 16th at Newbury in a 1m 2f Class 4 maiden, beaten a short head, with the first few finishing in a bunch. Very unlucky when closing in the final furlong – 2nd
Longchamp – Paris
3.15 – Prix Ganay – Group 1 – 4yo Plus – 1m 2f 96yds
Magny Cours – Medaglia d’Oro X Indy Five Hundred 6yo gelding.
2 wins from 2 starts in 2020, landed a 1m Chantilly Listed Stakes in June before stepping up in trip at Sandown in Jly to win the 1m 2f Gala Listed Stakes by a neck.
Off for 240 days before winning a 1m 1f AW Chantilly stakes race on March 2nd, which was a prep run for the Dubai 1m 2f World Cup in Meydan.
He finished a 5 length 3rd to Mystic Guide on his first dirt start. Back on Turf today. UNPLACED
4.25 – Prix De Barbeville Stakes – Group 3 – 4yo Plus – 1m 7f 90yds…
Karlarina – Le Havre X Karsabruni 4yo filly.
Runner up to Wonderful Tonight in November 2019 by a short head & came into herself as a 3yo when stepping up in trip to over 1m 2f.
She won 3 from 3 including the Denisy Listed Stakes over this distance at Saint-Cloud on November 13th.
Off the track for 132 days before making a winning return at Saint-Cloud on March 25th, when running over 1m 4f in the Porte De Madrid Liasted Stakes, beating Brokeback Mountain by a Shorthead. 3rd of 7
That is everything for you this weekend folks, thank you for your support & for popping by, we really appreciate it…
All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team