The Four Seasons* provide our lyric headline today for coverage of the meetings at Newmarket and York and references Joseph O’Brien‘s unbeaten colt Thunder Moon, who contests the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes at 2.55.
This horse is already a Group 1 winner, having pouched the National Stakes at the Curragh four weeks ago, quickening clear despite a less than smooth passage and he is taken to go in again. Have a decent bet at 5-2.
If there is a danger it could be fellow Oirish challenger Cadillac from Jessie Harrington‘s yard. This son of Lope De Vega was impressive in winning a Leopardstown Group 2 last month and an each way bet at 8-1 is also advised.
Telly kicks off with the Group 3 Zetland Stakes at 1.45 and we continue our love affair with the Emerald Isle by plumping for Kyprios, trained by Aiden O’Brien.
One run, one win is the CV to date and the manner of that victory suggests that today’s step up to ten furlongs will be right up his strasse, which may be can’t be said for some of the opposition. Have a win bet on Ryan Moore‘s mount at 9-4.
We also recommend a tiny tickle on Babindi at an artisan 18-1. On ratings, William Haggas‘s runner has lots to find but this daughter of Frankel may improve markedly for the step up in trip.
2-y-os are again to the fore at 2.20 with the Emirates Autumn Stakes at 2.20 and in this we give another chance to One Ruler trained by Charlie Appleby.
Perhaps not given the very best of rides last time out when a hampered third to New Mandate, Will Buick gets the chance to put the record straight this afternoon and, with his conqueror going on to take the Royal Lodge Stakes, we think this a fair bet at 4-1.
We also think Brian Meehan‘s Akmaam could outrun its odds and suggest a small each way at 10-1.
And so on to the Cesarewitch Handicap at 3.35, a simple 34 runner affair and once again we cross the Irish Sea for our two main picks.
Willie Mullins sets his stall out to win this race and has done so twice in recent times and, in Great White Shark he supplies a runner with a cracking chance. 7th last year after a roundabout route, this 6-y-o mare passed more than half the field in the last two furlongs and is described by her trained as ‘stronger and fitter’ than last year. At 6-1, the hint should be taken.
Another prepared for today is Lynwood Gold, which has been brought to a peak by running over hurdles. Jessie Harrington‘s runner is well in on Flat form and must be backed at 12-1.
Of the home grown runners we give a squeak to Author’s Dream, which could easily outrun its somewhat insulting odds of 80-1 and so suggest a minor punt at that price.
Three races at York are also screened, starting with the Listed Rockingham Stakes at 2.00.
Favourite for this is Legal Attack at 9-4, but we are very keen on the chances of Regional from Richard Fahey‘s yard.
An easy win in a Maiden was followed by a fast finishing 4th in a Listed event at Ayr, both races over the minimum trip. With the winner of that race hosing up in the Cornwallis Stakes yesterday and the step up to 6f just the ticket, let’s have a decent wager at 7-2.
The Coral Handicap at 2.35 has quite a few improving 3-y-os at the head of the market, but we’re gonna take ’em on with tried and trusted form in the shape of each way bets on Anythingtoday at 8-1 and Iconic Choice at 16-1.
The other race on telly is a 22 runner sprint handicap, so good luck with that one – we pass.
Let’s hope Irish eyes are smiling come 3.45.
Thunder Moon 2.55 Newmarket 4pts win @ 5-2
Cadillac 2.55 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (4 places)
Kyprios 1.45 Newmarket 4pts win @ 9-4
Babindi 1.45 Newmarket 0.5pts e/w @ 18-1
One Ruler 2.20 Newmarket 3pts win @ 4-1
Akmaam 2.20 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 10-1
Great White Shark 3.35 Newmarket 1.50pts e/w @ 6-1 (8 places Skybet)
Lynwood Gold 3.35 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 12-1 (8 places Skybet)
Author’s Dream 3.35 Newmarket 0.5pts e/w @ 80-1 (8 places Skybet)
Regional 2.00 York 4pts win @ 7-2
Anythingtoday 2.35 York 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (4 places)
Iconic Code 2.35 York 1pt e/w @ 16-1 (4 places)
* ‘December 1963 (Oh what a night)’ by Four Seasons (1975)