Newbury Super Sprint Day Preview
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Newbury Super Sprint Day Preview

A quality afternoon of racing from Newbury on Saturday is headlined by the Weatherbys Super Sprint, one of the summer's most valuable two-year-old races. That's part of a six-race offering from the Berkshire venue, with action from 1.15pm-4.05pm and the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes leads the supporting acts. The Racing Post previews Saturday's big card in Britain.


1.15pm - bet365 EBF Novice Stakes (6f) 

An opening novice contest in which just two of the protagonists have racecourse experience, Freetodream and Mutaany. The latter, trained by Charlie Hills, has the better form having improved on second start to be second at Nottingham last month. The son of Invincible Spirit was some five-lengths off the winner, though that rival has since defined a penalty at Salisbury. 

A host of leading trainers send out useful looking newcomers and there's a strong chance one of them will pick this race up. 

Alpha Capture (William Haggas), Lahab (Andrew Balding) and Sajwaan (Roger Varian) all must be noted in the market, but PIERCE could be up to the challenge for Clive Cox. The Profitable colt changed hands for £125,000 recently and is a brother to Royal Ascot-winning 2YO Quick Suzy. 

Selection: Pierce 

Next Best: Mutaany 

1.50pm - bet365 Stakes (Listed, 1m2f) 

Cadillac was an impressive Listed winner at Leopardstown in this grade last month before changing hands on the eve of Royal Ascot and taking a silver medal from the Wolferton Stakes on final run for Jessica Harrington. He's now with Kevin Philippart De Foy and should be right in the mix again, despite having to concede 3lb all round now. 

The veteran Desert Encounter likes Newbury but time is now against him, while Finest Sound is a player on his form last season and in Meydan in the spring. Simon & Ed Crisford's charge ran no sort of race in the Group 3 Diomed last month at Epsom but could well leave that behind him now. 

GROCER JACK was twice a winner at Group 3 level on the continent last season and ran a pleasing race last month in the Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly on second start for William Haggas. A prize of this ilk is within his compass and he could spring a mild surprise. 

Selection: Grocer Jack 

Next Best: Cadillac 

2.21pm - Highclere Castle Gin Cup Stakes (Handicap, 2m½f) 

Withhold (2019) and Reshoun (2020) are former winners of this stayers handicap and they command respect once more, though they are giving away weight to the field now. 

Going Gone ran a cracker in the Ascot Stakes at last month's Royal meeting over 2m4f, finishing a fine fourth at odds of 50/1 and should be one to keep a close eye on first attempt at this trip. 

Rock Eagle wasn't far behind him in that contest and last year's Cesarewitch fifth should relish this drop in distance too ensuring he is a player for in-form pair Ralph Beckett and Rob Hornby. 

RAINBOW DREAMER caught the eye in the Northumberland Plate last month won by stalemate Trueshan. He was right in the mix with two-furlongs to run before finishing in mid-div on his first start after a wind operation. Alan King's veteran may have been given a big chance by the assessor from this 7lb lower mark back on turf and, with Hollie Doyle taking over, can outrun his odds. 

Selection: Rainbow Dreamer 

Next Best: Rock Eagle 

2.56pm - bet365 Hackwood Stakes (Group 3, 6f) 

A field of 14 have been declared and they make this one of the more testing races on the card for punters to assess. DILIGENT HARRY was narrowly touched off in a Doncaster Listed race over this trip (good to soft) in March on his seasonal return and, after a short break, ran a sound race at 50/1 in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last month - his first time stepping out in Group 1 company. 

He was narrowly beaten into second by Happy Romance in this contest 12 months ago and, though behind that rival at Ascot again last month, perhaps is in a better position now given Richard Hannon's filly contested the July Cup just seven days ago. At the current prices, preference is for Clive Cox's colt here. 

Man Of Promise was a Listed/Group 3 winner in Dubai in the spring for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin and lost little caste in defeat when eighth in last month's Group 1 King's Stand at Ascot over 5f. He's a solid contender back at this preferred 6f trip. 

Wokingham winner Rohaan and Commonwealth Cup disappointment Go Bears Go cannot be discounted, while Chil Chil is another with her chance if stripping fit on this seasonal bow. 

Selection: Diligent Harry 

Next Best: Man Of Promise 

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3.30pm - Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes (5f) 

It isn't an original selection but MARIA BRANWELL carries excellent claims here for David O'Meara and Kieran Shoemark. She won her first two starts, including the Listed National Stakes at Sandown in May and was third last month in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot behind Dramatised and Maylandsea. 

While arguably ready to step up to 6f soon, this represents a good opportunity for her to earn another fine payday. 

Richard Hannon has added four wins in this race (2014, 2018, 2020 & 2021) to go along with the seven achieved by his father. It's clearly a race they yard targets. 

Hannon sends out Miami Girl (Rossa Ryan), Swift Asset (Pat Dobbs) and Armour Propre, the mount of Sean Levey, for this latest renewal and perhaps the last-named will be some value in the market, though none of the trio are to be discounted in haste. 

Rogue Spirit has won 2-3 starts so far for Tom Clover and strong claims again, while Ed Walker's Union Court is open to further progress and is amongst some solid each-way types. 

Selection: Maria Branwell 

Next Best: Armour Propre 

4.05pm - Lifetime In Racing Award Winner British EBF Premier Fillies' Handicap (Str, 1m) 

Stunning Beauty is a three-time winner and sets the standard. Saeed bin Suroor's mare has run well in handicaps at Ascot and Newmarket so far this summer, but can possibly count herself a touch unlucky to be rising in the weights without collecting a win. 

Ralph Beckett's State Occasion did land a win on the all-weather at Chelmsford in May and has since backed that up with an excellent fourth in the Kensington Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot off this mark, she's got solid claims. 

JULIA AUGUSTA is the one of note, however, for in-form trainer Roger Varian. The Ulysses filly is 2-2 so far, winning at Kempton (1m) in December and again at Thirsk (1m, good) last month in a novice contest with any amount in hand. 

This is a tougher challenge but the Cheveley Park runner has the potential to rate plenty higher than this and can maintain her perfect record. 

Selection: Julia Augusta 

Next Best: State Occasion 






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