IZZI GETS TOP MARKS
Izzi Gets Top Marks
Izzi Gets Top Marks
By Man On The Spot
Newmarket 14:05 Qipco Supporting British Racing Handicap
Bridle Belle’s run at Lingfield was clearly a pipe-opener and Richard Fahey’s filly could be interesting here off a low weight. Useful hurdler Local Hero also catches the eye off a mark of 84 back on the Flat while Anatolian rattled up a hat-trick last summer and may yet make the leap to pattern company. Soft ground is a worry today, however, and Mahmood Al Zarooni also saddles the equally unexposed SANDUSKY who, on a line through Goodwood second Billy Buttons, has the beating of his stablemate on these terms. Mickael Barzalona’s mount could easily make a winning return to action. Charles Camoin won on his reappearance at Kempton and is only 5lb higher while Franciscan was successful four times as a three-year-old, though didn’t fare too well in a couple of tries on this surface as a juvenile.
Salisbury 14:20 Betfred ‘City Bowl’ Handicap
Royal Peculiar was a decent third on his reappearance at Lingfield and has plenty of scope. Albert Bridge is lightly-raced and only 4lb higher than when successful at Newbury last year while Samsons Son won at Windsor and Goodwood last season and can’t be ruled out. But the top weight has a bit to find to overturn Newbury running in August with ROCKFELLA, who also won on his reappearance last year. Denis Coakley’s six-year-old is still on a decent mark and gets a tentative vote here as Storm Hawk runs his best races on Fibresand and Hawridge Star has been off the track for a while. Enfant’De Lune is fit from a campaign over hurdles, however, and may stay on into a place.
Newmarket 14:35 Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes
Timepiece, winner of the Falmouth Stakes here last year, comes out best on official ratings but soft ground can be a great leveller and, while Sir Henry Cecil’s mare has won on good to soft, she’s never encountered conditions this testing before. IZZI TOP has, running out a brave winner at Saint-Cloud in October, and last year’s Oaks third, who goes well fresh, can concede weight all round on her return to action. Captivator beat Law Of The Range on her reappearance in a Listed race on the Polytrack but has more on her plate here, while Khawlah hasn’t been seen since notching a double on Tapeta at Meydan early last year though has won over a mile here on turf. Primevere is also useful but may just need the run today.
Newmarket 15:15 Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes
Maybe is clearly a smart filly and beat Fire Lily and today’s rival La Collina in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in August to complete her first season undefeated. She may well continue on an upward curve but whether her form is that much better than the pick of the English and French-trained fillies is open to debate and she’s plenty short enough for the season’s second classic. Godolphin hold a strong hand as Discourse was impressive when landing the Sweet Solera over 7f here in August though Frankie prefers Lyric Of Light, another unbeaten filly and successful in the Fillies’ Mile over C&D in September. But, at the likely odds, it could worth taking a risk on the unexposed DIALA. Beaten less than a length by Lyric Of Light on her debut over 7f here on good to soft, she was on the easy list for a while after but reappeared to win her maiden on the bridle in October and Willie Haggas speaks highly of her. Moonstone Magic had to be supplemented for this after beating Radio Gaga in the Fred Darling but will love the ground and should go well along with Mashoora, who has decent form in France. Lightening Pearl is another with decent claims on the form book but Ger Lyons’ filly may not take her chance if the ground is too soft.
Newmarket 15:50 Qatar Racing Handicap
A large pin and a blindfold could be effective tools for finding the winner of this ultra-competitive handicap. Northern stables are well represented with David Barron saddling three, including last month’s Doncaster winner Colonel Mak, the same number as Richard Fahey. Kieren Fallon partners the potentially well-treated Victoire’De Lyphar for Dandy Nicholls, who also has Jarrow in the line-up, while Keith Dalgleish fields Beverley second Doc Hay. Seal Rock has to go on the short-list as he won twice over the C&D last year and beat MIRZA by a length on his reappearance at Pontefract. But stall one may not be ideal and, on 3lb better terms, we are taking Rae Guest’s improved sprinter to turn the tables and land this. Last year’s Ayr Silver Cup winner Cheveton should improve for his fourth behind the selection at Newbury last month and can also play a part but Naas winner Maarek faces a stiff task at the weights The Confessor’s victories have all come at a lower level.
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