Action from Newmarket and Haydock presented for our entertainment today and we start at HQ, where the main event is the Group 2 Dubai Joel Stakes at 3.35.
The rejuvenated 6-y-o Tempus is just hanging on to favouritism for this 7 runner affair at 3-1, having pouched a couple of Group 3s last month under the guidance of the fragrant Hollie.
This form looks solid as a rock, so we start with a win bet on this one.
Coverage begins with the Listed Rosemary Stakes at 1.50, which gives a chance for Zanbaq to show what she can do.
Not much has gone right for Roger Varian‘s 3-y-o in her latest two races, being hampered or stopped both times and this slight drop in class should be just the ticket. At 100-30 she rates a fair bet.
Next up is the Princess Royal Stakes at 2.25, in which Sea Silk Road and Eternal Pearl could well fight out the finish, as they did in May, when SSR beat EP by half a length.
Both have improved since, but with William Haggas‘s runner now in receipt of 3lbs from Eternal Pearl and a tongue tie added, we recommend a win bet n Sea Silk Road at 9-4.
The Dubai Rockfel Stakes at 3.00 completes the Newmarket races and this could go to the Irish challenger Olivia Maralda.
Mr O’Callaghan‘s young lady ran out of her pretty skin last time out when just touched off by the Group1 class Meditate and a repeat of that performance should see her home. Have a win bet at 5-2.
A potential big improver in the field is Eximious, trained by Roger Varian.
Visually very impressive when winning at Salisbury, she comes firmly into the ‘could be anything’ category and we advise an each way tickle at 14-1.
Oop at Haddock, the first race is a 5f Nursery, which we have no intention of putting up a selection and move on to the MPA Handicap at 2.05.
In this we like the chances of Croupier, which comes here fresh from a victory in a Racing League event at Windsor and is just one pound higher here.
The Sniper is again on board and, at 7-1, looks like a bet.
Televised action is completed by the Haldane Fisher Handicap at 2.40 and our pick in this is the Tom Ward trained Double Cherry.
12 furlongs wasn’t far enough last time and it’s 14 furlongs today and can give Sean Levey his first winner since his unfortunate brush with the authorities.
Have an each way bet at 11-2.
That’s all, folks – back tomorrow for the easy Cambridgeshire.
Tempus 3.35 Newmarket 3pts win @ 3-1
Zanbaq 1.50 Newmarket 2pts win @ 100-30
Sea Silk Road 2.25 Newmarket 2pts win @ 9-4
Olivia Maralda 3.00 Newmarket 3pts win @ 5-2
Eximinous 3.00 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 14-1 (4 places)
Croupier 2.05 Haydock 1pt e/w @ 7-1 (4 places)
Double Cherry 2.40 Haydock 1.5pts e/w @ 11-2