Dubai Duty Free International Weekend Preview - Newbury
Newbury's Dubai Duty Free International Weekend concludes on Saturday with a cracking card that includes the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at 4.00pm as the centrepiece. A busy afternoon at Newbury gets underway at 1.10pm and their eight-race offering runs through until 5.05pm with plenty of quality action in prospect. The Racing Post brings you their preview and analysis for Saturday's Newbury action.
1.10 - Sir David Sieff EBF Novice Stakes Division 1 (7f)
Gaius boasts plenty of experience and is a player based on last month's C&D runner-up effort. That was his fifth start however and he was ultimately well held. He may be vulnerable to a few less exposed types.
Newcomers Greg The Great, Jabbar, Mambo Beat and Zoom all need close monitoring in the betting but DUBAI POET can build on last month's debut fourth over C&D.
Roger Varian's charge made some good late progress in that contest and the form is already reading very nicely, with three subsequent winners emerging from the race. With the Varian string in fine fettle, it's no leap of faith to see this Lope De Vega colt making a forward stride here.
Selection: Dubai Poet
Next Best: Jabbar
1.40 - Heatherwold Stud Handicap (7f)
The William Haggas team are once again in flying form and TOM COLLINS could be set for victory on his return from a short break. He shaped as if needing the run on seasonal bow at Thirsk in May, his first start after moving to this yard over the winter, but he built on that at Haydock (1m, heavy) later that same month and then caught the eye on the all-weather at Newcastle in June when never-nearer fourth over 7f. He's been off since that run but retains potential from this mark and any further easing in conditions would be in his favour.
Paxos is second choice for Ed Walker and champion jockey Oisin Murphy. He's done his winning thus far on the all-weather but went close in this grade on turf bow at York (7f, good to firm) in June. He was held on his most recent run at Windsor but likely the mile trip there didn't play to his strengths and he can better that fifth-place finish back over 7f if handling this slower surface.
Selection: Tom Collins
Next Best: Paxos
2.15 - Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes (Group 3, 5f)
Hurricane Ivor notched a second win since he arrived from France when coming from off a slow pace to land the Portland Handicap at Doncaster last weekend. He may have more to offer yet, but this almost certainly demands it.
Tis Marvellous remains just that for connections, Clive Cox's 7YO a comfortable winner in Listed class at Beverley three weeks ago. He goes in pursuit of a hat-trick now and has his claims.
KING'S LYNN was having his sixth run in three months when he failed to fire over 6f in a Group 3 here in July (sent off favourite). He handles most conditions but does appear to do best when there is some give underfoot, and he looks set to get that now. Freshened up by Andrew Balding since, The Queen's contender will have no issues dropped slightly in trip and could net a breakthrough success at Group-race level.
The danger horse could be Khaadem for Charlie Hills and Jim Crowley. The former Stewards' Cup hero had a bit in hand when landing a Doncaster Listed event at the Leger Festival and won't be far away from the principals if he can reproduce that level of form 10 days on.
Selection: King's Lynn
Next Best: Khaadem
2.50 - Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes (Group 3, 1m3f)
The brilliance of his Group 3 wins here in the spring suggests AL AASY will be very hard to topple back in the same grade as he looks to make it 3-3 at Newbury. Since those wins he has finished runner-up in the Coronation Cup at Epsom and Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket. It was a bit of a letdown he couldn't take out either of those Group 1s but he was only denied a neck in both instances. Given how at home he looked here previously, he sets the bar high.
Foxes Tales won a Group 3 of his own at Haydock (1m2½f, soft) in early August and commands respect for Andrew Balding and the champion jockey but maybe Ilaraab can rebound from a poor run in The Ebor last month. He impressed at York on his comeback this season and was winning his sixth straight race in doing so. His two runs since can be forgiven and he's likely got a big run in him.
Selection: Al Aasy
Next Best: Ilaraab
3.25 - Dubai Duty Free Handicap (1m2f)
KING OF CLUBS netted his second of the season at Sandown (1m2f, good) last month, coming with a strong late surge to deny Victory Chime in the dying embers. The pair were five lengths clear of the chasing pack and the runner-up has since defied a 4lb rise to score at Chester this month.
It's plausible therefore that Hughie Morrison's Intello colt will prove himself equal to this 7lb higher perch and continue his progress. He looks sure to be in the mix again.
Mo'assess was second on debut at Nottingham in June and has since recorded successive mile wins on the Tapeta at Newcastle for Saeed bin Suroor. He was a very game frontrunner last time and the form of both those wins at Gosforth Park has been advertised since. He makes his handicap bow going up in trip again now but looks to have the scope for more progress in the Godolphin blue.
Aramaic's opening handicap win at York over a similar trip recently was achieved with a strong amount of authority and so the Haggas-trained colt has got to be considered a major threat to all having gone up 7lb.
Selection: King Of Clubs
Next Best: Mo'assess
4.00 - Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2, 6f)
Dhabab's third behind Native Trail in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket in July reads rather well now, with that rival a stylish winner of the Group 1 National Stakes in Ireland last weekend. John & Thady Gosden's colt had earlier run well in the Coventry at Royal Ascot and returning to this trip shouldn't be a problem if he handles this slower ground on his return from a short break.
Gubbass won the Super Sprint over 5f here in July and has put up strong showings since in the Richmond at Glorious Goodwood and Prix Morny in France, both over this 6f trip. His case is clear enough to see again here, while Gis A Sub and Maglev are others of some interest.
FEARBY hasn't strictly gone on from the brilliance of his Sandown (5f, soft) Listed win in July but he ran a good race in fourth last month in the Gimcrack at York over this distance. Slower ground won't faze him today and the Ed Bethell runner remains a sprinter with plenty to offer.
Next Best: Dhabab
4.35 - Sir David Sieff EBF Novice Stakes Division 2 (7f)
The second division of this novice event and, again, some interesting newcomers to be noted as Loose Beach, Sweet Summer and Ermin Street all have positives on paper and represent stables that are well capable of having them ready first time out.
Dream By Day showed something to work with on debut at Kempton 15 days ago, despite some clear signs of inexperience, and the Gosden inmate should know more now.
KOY KOY has leading claims however for that strong Andrew Balding/Oisin Murphy alliance. The Acclamation colt was a silver medallist at Ascot (7f, good) this month on his second start, chasing home odds-on winner Saga in the Royal colours. He was well clear of the remainder of his rivals and a repeat might well suffice now.
Selection: Koy Koy
Next Best: Dream By Day
5.05 - Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Handicap (1m4f)
BAGUE D'OR confirmed he remains on the up when scoring in good style at Newmarket three weeks ago. He was confidently ridden by Andrea Atzeni there and came home in strong fashion to win well. That was his first attempt at this 1m4f trip and a 5lb rise in the ratings may not be enough to prevent another success with James Doyle taking over now.
Handicap debutant Tall Order joins the likes of Fox Vardy - not seen for a year - and Without Revenge on the alternatives list.
Praiano has twice run well over 1m6f of late and Roger Varian's Dubawi colt is fancied to run a big race coming back in trip, with things not really breaking his way in those two runs since he won at Leicester in midsummer.
Selection: Bague D'Or
Next Best: Praiano