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Future Champions Weekend & Wolverhampton Selection

Morning all,

Six of the horse’s that I mentioned in last Wednesday’s Cesarewitch preview took their place in Saturday’s line up. And four of them finished in the first five, including the winner Buzz.

Congratulations to those of you on the winner. Sadly, I went in with Elysian Flame and ignored those compelling draw stats by going with Live Your Dream.  The first named finished 5th. He didn’t get the best of runs 3f and 2f out but would still have only finished third. He will be of interest back hurdling when going over 3m, as he stays forever.

It was a frustrating Saturday punting wise. However, Sunday more than made up for it with Line Out winning the Irish Cesarewitch at 18/1 and Pretty Boy Floyd & Colin Keane making all to win at the Curragh.

Inside today’s main piece I look back at Newmarket’s Future Champions Weekend. Plus, I have a selection from Wolverhampton.

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Future Champions Weekend

Henderson’s Buzz in

Three furlongs from home it looked like Willie Mullins would saddle a four successive Cesarewitch winner with Burning Victory. The mare took it up 3f out and it seemed like she had got away from her field. However, Buzz soon locked horns with the leader and the two horses then battled out the final two furlongs with Burning Victory only giving away in the final 100yds. They pulled well clear of the third home Calling The Wind.

The winner was well in on his high-class hurdles form but credit to the Mullins mare she went down on her shield and was only seen off by a stronger stayer.

Future Champion Weekend produced three standout juvenile performances. On Friday it was Inspiral winning the Fillies’ Mile. Then on Saturday it was the turn of the Charlie Appleby pair Native Trail & Coroebus.


Inspiral maintained her unbeaten run, making it 4-4 for the season in the Fillies’ Mile. Despite drifting slightly towards the far rail in the final stages she handled the dip well enough and simply had to much class for her eight rivals.

The daughter of Frankel has the physical scope to better as a 3-year-old and goes into the winter a strong favourite for next year’s 1,000 Guineas.

As I said in my review of the juvenile fillies at the start of September.

“I wouldn’t put anyone off the 12/1 as she will be much shorter if she goes on to win the May Hill and the Fillies Mile”.

After the race I was wondering whether I should cash out my ante post bet on her. However, I’m happy to stick with her and Discoveries for the first fillies Classic.

Native Trail & Coroebus enhance reputations

Charlie Appleby & Godolphin have had the best two 3-year-old middle distance colts in Britain & Ireland. Now they go into winter months with the first and second in the ante post betting for next year’s 2,000 Guineas. That could change after the Vertem Futurity at Doncaster. However, for now Native Trail & Coroebus are the best juvenile colts in Europe.

Native Trail

I have liked Native Trail since his win in the Superlative Stakes on the July Course. I fancied him to lower the colours of the Aidan O’Brien colt in the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh which he did. Well, he consolidated his 2,000 Guineas ante post favourite status when winning Saturday’s Dewhurst Stakes.

In my look at the juvenile colt picture at the end of August I wrote:

“Native Trail is as short of 10/1 with Paddy Power for next year’s 2,000 Guineas but the 16/1 with Sky Bet or Betfred looks good to this particular pundit”.

A big galloping type who does his best work behind the bridle. Given his size he should train on and should be suited by a mile as a 3-year-old. He will take all the beating in next year’s 2,000 Guineas.


Coroebus might have only won a Group 3 on Saturday but once again he grabbed plenty of the headlines. Caught close to home after producing a tremendous turn of foot in the Royal Lodge Stakes. He was sent off the odds-on favourite for the Autumn Stakes. Ridden with more restraint than last time and produced down the middle. He took it up 2f out and despite wandering quickened clear of his rivals to win by an easy 2 lengths.

He was cut into second favouritism for next year’s 2,000 Guineas. Provided he trains on between two and three. His ability to quicken makes him an exciting prospect for next season.

In Tuesday’s column I have a few eyecatchers from the first big jumps meeting of the autumn. Which took place at Chepstow on Friday & Saturday.

Before all that. Here's Monday’s selection, which comes from this afternoon’s meeting at Wolverhampton.

Monday selection:

4:35 – Tricolore a C&D winner in March bounced back to form, after three underwhelming runs on grass when 2nd of 11 here over an extended mile 18-days ago. The 3-year-old wasn’t the best away and didn’t get the best of runs early in the straight. Off the same mark here he looks set for a big run.

Tricolore – 11/2 – Gen

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Good luck with your Monday bets.


John Burke is the tipster behind the long standing Victor Value service you can join him here – https://victorvalue.uk

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