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Fancy Man

Having dispatched Group 3 winner Alenquer with minimal of fuss on his final start as a 2yo, it’s perhaps fair to say that Richard Hannon’s colt has been a touch underwhelming in two runs this term. He lacked the change of gear to go with them in the Feilden Stakes over 9f at Newmarket on seasonal debut, but did keep on well to suggest he wanted a step up in trip. He got that at Chester in the Dee Stakes, and looked as though he had made a winning move kicking as they turned into the straight. As the line got close though, his run petered out as he was passed by three rivals. Back to this trip in between those two outings he might just find his sweet spot. He’s the one with the proven form and might just find his way into the winner’s enclosure.


There’s no getting away from how impressive Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Bellosa was on debut and she might be dangerous if confirming that promise. While she has the benefit of a run, Charlie Appleby’s Cloudbridge arrives here fresh, having last been seen when just failing to get up in the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton. That was over 6f and with another couple of strides, he would have taken the race on the line. He pulled away his chances at York before that, but that run is forgiven when you look at the form of his debut run. Giving 5lb to another Godolphin representative he was an easy winner at Leicester. The runner-up won her next four including the UAE 1000 Guineas, while the third won a handicap off 96 last time out. On that form, the gelding has to be in with a big chance.


A wide-open event, but we’re siding with Karl Burke’s lightly-raced colt, who was a good third behind a Godolphin colt that looks to be firmly on the up last time. That came over course and distance, when he couldn’t quite see out the finish on the Rowley Mile. He’s given another chance today considering he’s still got time to learn and improve. His form before that run looks good, with his win at Pontefract holding up well with those in behind going close in various races since. Last term the colt was less than 5l off Winter Power, giving the filly 5lb in the Listed Roseberry Stakes at Ayr. After what we saw that filly do at York on Thursday, the form could hardly have been given a better boost. There’s sure to be more to come from Burke’s colt and it might just materialise at HQ.


The last-time  out winners Dazzling Dan and the unexposed Ametist are respected here, but a chance is taken that Walhaan can put up a big performance on seasonal and stable debut for James Tate. A couple of pieces of form stand out for the former Ian Williams inmate. First he was second behind last week’s Victoria Cup winner River Nymph, beaten 2l by Clive Cox’s charge who was carrying 10lbs less than on Saturday. THat day Walhaan travelled supremely well into the race, but exaggerated waiting tactics backfired as when he was asked for an effort, it was too late. Next time out he was beaten less than 5l by Molatham over a mile at York. That race was a particularly strong handicap with the first three, ninth and tenth all winning or placing at Listed level subsequently. Off a 2lb lower mark he’ll be interesting if fully wound up.

About Newmarket Racecourse

Newmarket is home to two of the country’s five ‘Classics’, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas which usually take place on the first Bank Holiday in May. Overall, nine Group 1s occur at Newmarket on their two courses, the Rowley Mile and July Course. This course is often referred to as the ‘Headquarters of British Thoroughbred racing'.

The Rowley Mile is known for its undulated straight mile which the two Guineas races take place on. It is also the home of Tattersalls, the main auctioneer of racecourses in the UK. Newmarket is also the home to Juddmonte, where Frankel breeds, along with the training facilities of John Gosden, one of the most successful trainers of all time. Godolphin has two racing stables in Newmarket as well as Darley Stud. Racing at Newmarket traditionally begins with the Craven Meeting in April and finishes with the ‘Final Meeting’, at the end of October.

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