It’s Monday, so here's my weekly look back at the weekend’s racing.
You can read my thoughts on the big 2-year-old races at Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting and find Monday’s tip overleaf.
Wichita Bound For Dewhurst
Wichita, trained by Aidan O’Brien, won Thursday’s Group 3 Tattersall’s Stakes. The son of No Nay Never had looked a colt with plenty of scope for physical improvement when finishing runner up to Molatham at Doncaster.
Well, he’s improved again since Doncaster and put up the most impressive juvenile performance of the 3-days of the Cambridgeshire Meeting.
Travelling strongly, he was always in the front rank, before pulling clear of his five rivals to win by 7 lengths.
After the race connections intimated that the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes could be the colts next target although the Vertem Futurity at Doncaster could also come into consideration.
On the evidence of this performance he looks worth a go in the Dewhurst and could give Pinatubo’s his toughest race so far.
He will stay a mile next year and is my idea of a 2,000 Guineas winner. At 20/1 he also looks good value for those who like an ante post punt.
Harrington Filly Takes Cheveley Prize
Raffle Prize was sent off the 10/11 favourite for the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes. The filly has had a good season winning two Group 2’s at Royal Ascot and Newmarket’s July Meeting, before finishing runner-up to Earthlight in a Group 1 at Deauville. Once again she had a good race but found Millisle too strong in the final 100yds.
Millisle trained by Jessica Harrington, was suited by the strong gallop and saw her race out really well, to win going away by 1 ¾ lengths. She should get 7f next season but whether she will stay a mile is an unknown.
The filly is now 20/1 for next years 1,000 Guineas which makes limited appeal and I don’t think we saw next years 1,000 Guineas winner on Saturday.
Earthlight Maintains Unbeaten Record
The Andre Fabre trained Earthlight made it 5 wins from 5 runs when winning Saturday’s Group 1 Middle Park Stakes.
This years renewal looked one of the best Middle Parks of recent seasons with the likes of Earthlight, Mums Tipple, Threat, Siskin, Golden Horde and Monarch Of Egypt all declared to run.
We never got to see Siskin run, as he played up in the stalls and was withdrawn before the start. Whilst the likes of Mums Tipple and Monarch of Egypt ran below form. The former, so impressive when winning a York sales race on his previous start, was found to be lame after the race which goes somewhere to explaining his poor run. The latter finished last and surely that wasn’t his true form was it?
Earthlight, ran out a good winner and will be aimed at next year's 2,000 Guineas.
If they all train on we have some good colts to look forward to in 2020.
North Lords Over Cambridgeshire Rivals
Last week I mentioned four horses for Saturday's Cambridgeshire Handicap. One was a non-runner but two others finished first and second.
The winner Lord North well supported, sent off 9/2, did the business for favourite backers in tidy fashion. In the process showing a decent turn of foot to run down main each way fancy for the race Beringer.
Beringer went down on his shield and finished 3 lengths clear of the third. A furlong from home I thought he was going to win. Unfortunately, he just came up against a very well handicapped horse in the winner.
Challenge Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) – 7f
Saturday’s big betting race is the Challenge Cup Handicap at Ascot on Saturday. I haven’t had a look at the race in any great deal yet. However, I notice that Blue Mist has an entry. If the going remains on the soft side the 4-year-old would have a decent chance of landing a big field handicap, over a C&D that suits.
If you want my selection for the race plus any recent eyecatchers you join me here.
7:20 – Foxy Forever, a winner on turf back in June. The 9-year-old showed he remains in form when 3rd of 6 at Yarmouth 13-days. A return to Wolverhampton will suit, he’s 2 wins from 4 runs 4 placed over C&D. Needs to come off a strong pace and all the cards to fall right but at least he should get the former today.
Until next week