Newmarket Dubai Future Champions Weekend Preview
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Newmarket Dubai Future Champions Weekend Preview

Newmarket presents Future Champions Weekend across this Friday and Saturday with two days of thrilling action featuring some of the smartest young performers in racing. The Group 1 Fillies' Mile is Friday's highlight, while the Dewhurst Stakes takes centre stage on Saturday's classy card and the Racing Post previews the action at Headquarters across both days.




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1.15 - Godolphin Under Starters Orders Maiden Fillies' Stakes (7f)

Those with experience are led by Fiorina and Saliteh, though both probably require a decent step up to score now amongst some promising newcomers on paper. The likes of Roger Varian, Clive Cox and William Haggas are doubly-represented. Ameynah, Silver Screen and Queenlet are notables for those yards in that order, but Sir Michael Stoute's KIRILENKO also makes decent appeal on paper.

She's by Ulysses and has winners in the family. The Cheveley Park runner has Ryan Moore for company in this debut and should go well in a wide open heat.

Selection: Kirilenko

Next Best: Queenlet


1.50 - Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes (Group 3, 5f)

Hierarchy and TWILIGHT JET are the pair that stand out, both dropping back to this minimum distance after good runs in group-race company last time at 6f.

Hugo Palmer's Mehmas colt was only narrowly denied in the Mill Reef at Newbury three weeks ago and has his claims again under Oisin Murphy but Irish raider Twilight Jet is narrowly preferred. He's been knocking on the door in strong races all summer and ran credibly here in the Middle Park Stakes 13 days ago, beaten just over a length in fifth. He should be suited back at this trip, coming down in class.

French raider Papa Don't Preach ran a big race in the Group 2 Flying Childers at Doncaster last month and is one of the more appealing runners at double-figure odds.

Selection: Twilight Jet

Next Best: Papa Don't Preach


2.25 - Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes (Fillies' Group 3, 7f)

Recent C&D winner Perfect News sets the standard on ratings and should go well for the William Haggas and Tom Marquand axis but there are some promising and unexposed rivals to consider here.

American Pharoah filly GOOD AMERICAN is one for Ralph Beckett and Frankie Dettori. She landed a Salisbury maiden in good style last month on debut over this distance with a professional effort and she's got plenty scope to improve significantly with connections quickly looking to raise her sights.

Pearl Glory lost her unbeaten record in the Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury five weeks ago but remains a player, while Allayaali and Rishes Baar are amongst other lightly-raced sorts with more to give.

Selection: Good American

Next Best: Pearl Glory


3.00 - Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes (Group 2, 7f)

Charlie Appleby's pair D'Bai and Al Suhail are clearly very closely matched on their meeting at Newbury three week ago, where they finished second and third in a Listed contest, as With Thanks could only manage fifth behind them.

Horoscope was a sound third in the Group 2 Boomerang Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend last month and represents Aidan O'Brien but the choice is for CHINDIT to get a second success of 2021.

Richard Hannon's son of Wootton Bassett won the Greenham at Newbury over this 7f trip on comeback before a fair fifth here in the 2000 Guineas.

He's come up shy in subsequent Group 1 assignments behind the likes of Guineas hero Poetic Flare at Royal Ascot and Palace Pier in France, but his latest run in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood in August was an indication he's ready to get back on track.

He was luckless in the traffic there and finished off in eye-catching style once in the clear. Returning to 7f here promises to suit and Pat Dobbs' mount is fancied to get the win.

Selection: Chindit

Next Best: Horoscope


3.35 - bet365 Fillies' Mile (Group 1, 1m)

INSPIRAL is already favourite to come back here next spring and win the 1000 Guineas and it will be a shock if this Frankel filly doesn't further embellish her growing reputation by scoring in Group 1 company at the first time of asking.

The Cheveley Park Stud-owned filly was much too strong for the opposition in the May Hill at Doncaster four weeks ago, tanking through the race under Frankie Dettori before pulling clear. This task has more depth about it on paper but she's very exciting and is fancied to make it 4-4 for Team Gosden.

Aidan O'Brien suffered the ignominy of his runners being mixed up in this race a year ago, no chance of a repeat now as the Ballydoyle supremo relies on Concert Hall to carry the torch. The Dubawi filly has plenty experience and won a Group 3 at the Curragh over this trip recently. She has potential to get involved.

Fellow Irish raider Magical Lagoon is another worth noting for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley but perhaps the most intriguing runner away from the jolly is Mise En Scene for James Ferguson in the Qatar Racing colours.

The daughter of Siyouni is unbeaten in two starts, scoring with plenty in hand on debut at Haydock (7f, good) in July before improving to win a Goodwood Group 3 in late August where she got up in the shadows of the post. Oisin Murphy's filly is now pitched in quickly at the top level.

Selection: Inspiral

Next Best: Mise En Scene


4.10 - bet365 Old Rowley Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap, 1m4f)

Siskany has been gelded since going down narrowly at Glorious Goodwood in July and can play a leading role for Charlie Appleby and William Buick despite his burden of top-weight. Recent C&D winner Boltaway is also on shortlist despite a 6lb hike for that effort.

Two against the field at decent prices are Marshall Plan and FARHAN. Frankie Dettori partners the former for the Gosdens and he was second at Yarmouth last time over 1m6f. He's got form too at this trip and will be suited if this develops into a decent stamina test.

Zoffany colt Farhan has been second three times in four starts this season for trainer John Butler. He was somewhat unfortunate at both Sandown and Chester in his two most recent starts and still strikes as one with a winning run in him from his current mark of 83. He does need to prove his stamina for this trip (tried once before) but it's certainly too soon to be judging him and he can go well at a solid price.

Selection: Farhan

Next Best: Marshall Plan


4.40 - Newmarket Pony Academy Pride Stakes (Fillies' And Mares' Group 3, 1m2f)

Aidan O'Brien's La Jonconde has been running in Group 1 company of late and was a fine third in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp over 1m4f last month. The Frankel filly has clear claims eased in grade now.

There was however plenty to like in the manner that VILLE DE GRACE went about winning a Listed race at Yarmouth last month for Sir Michael Stoute.

Ryan Moore was on board then, and has been claimed to partner La Joconde now, as the Le Havre filly powered away from the re-opposing Freyja and Sweet Believer in second and third respectively.

She could have plenty more to give at this trip, while her previous Sandown third behind Saffron Beach in August was also given a significant advertisement when Jane Chapple-Hyam's charge won a Group 1 last weekend.

Her stablemate Lights On joins Saeed bin Suroor's Soft Whisper in having some scope to do better at this increased trip and they are likely to be challenging in a wide open Friday finale.

Selection: Ville De Grace

Next Best: La Joconde


SATURDAY

1.10 - Dubai Nursery (7f)

This is tougher than the Haydock maiden CAPTAIN'S BAR won last month for Richard Hannon but the Showcasing colt didn't have everything go right for him that day and, in the end, she showed a really pleasing attitude to rally late on and earn a slender verdict from the useful Buckshaw Village. Ryan Moore gets the call now and stepping up to 7f looks certain to bring about further improvement in this promising colt.

Karl Burke's Bullet Force joins American Star and Croupier amongst the leading dangers, though the latter duo have their share of weight to carry.

Selection: Captain's Bar

Next Best: Bullet Force


1.45 - Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes (Group 3, 1m2f)

Race sponsors Godolphin have a strong hand to play with Charlie Appleby saddling GOLDSPUR and Hafit. Both are promising Dubawi colts and it is James Doyle's Sandown winner Goldspur that gets the nod.

He was well-backed for that debut outing last month and, on soft ground, he sauntered some six-lengths clear of his rivals for an authoritative success. The advantage was ever-increasing at the line and stepping up from the bare mile to this trip should only serve him well.

Hafit won a 7f maiden on the other course here in August with a host of next-time-out winners in behind. Though second since in a Listed Haydock contest over a mile, he certainly was enhancing his reputation with that effort in defeat and there's still surely more to come from William Buick's mount.

Bluegrass made every yard to win a Curragh maiden over a mile on second start last month for Ballydoyle and has scope to do better still, while the other Irish raider, Unconquerable, shaped well in 1m Group 3 here last month when finishing third and could hold similar aspirations for Donnacha O'Brien and Frankie Dettori now. The Godolphin pair should though be tough to crack.

Selection: Goldspur

Next Best: Hafit


2.20 - Emirates Autumn Stakes (Group 3, 1m)

That man again Charlie Appleby. COROEBUS looked to have the Group 2 Royal Lodge sown up over C&D a fortnight ago when he cruised some four-lengths clear exiting the dip but he got lonely in front and was nailed on the line by Royal Patronage.

That defeat will have frustrated connections given the sheer dominance he looked set to exert on the race at one stage. William Buick will surely be eager to deliver his challenge later this time and, in doing so, it's liable to be an irresistible one as this Dubawi colt drops in class now.

Aidan O'Brien is triple-handed, with once-raced Naas maiden winner United Nations preferred by Ryan Moore over Scriptwriter and Aikhal. None of the Irish trio are dismissed in haste.

If the market leader is to be thwarted however, maybe it will fall to Imperial Fighter for Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy. Winner of a Glorious Goodwood maiden (7f, soft) on debut in July he, too, played second fiddle behind Royal Patronage in the Group 3 Acomb Stakes at York in one run since. The manner of that defeat gives him work to do with Coroebus strictly, but there's room for further improvement on this third start.

Selection: Coroebus

Next Best: Imperial Fighter


2.55 - Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1, 7f)

The end of season championship-race for the 2YO colts and, fittingly, there are unbeaten contenders from both sides of the Irish Sea converging on Newmarket for the Dewhurst.

On his home ground, this really does have the potential to be a Charlie Appleby masterclass. He saddles NATIVE TRAIL, who bids to become only the fourth UK-trained Dewhurst winner since the mighty Frankel in 2010.

A son of Oasis Dream, Native Trail has won each of three starts and the rivals he has dismissed, as much as the manner he has done it, make him the standout candidate.

He had the aforementioned Royal Patronage four-lengths behind on debut and then collared Masekela to win the Superlative Stakes on the July Course. Last month at the Curragh, he pulled 3½-lengths clear of hitherto unbeaten Ballydoyle inmate Point Lonsdale when winning the Group 1 National Stakes.

Ger Lyons' Straight Answer was supplemented into this field at a cost of £32k this week and is also full of promise in the Juddmonte colours. The Kodiac colt romped to a 6f Listed Fairyhouse win last month on second start and should be able for this new trip, but he's facing a much tougher examination now.

Another by Kodiac, Glounthaune won a Curragh maiden in April over 6f from the smart Castle Star (Group 3 winner/Group 2 placed) and has not been sight since. That Aidan O'Brien deems him good enough to come here is noteworthy.

Castle Star was of course second to Go Bears Go in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh in June and David Loughnane's colt could be an interesting outsider here. He's proven rock-solid as a sprinter this season including when close fourth in the Group 1 Middle Park over 6f here last time. He's bred to stay further and could outrun his price.

Bayside Boy downed Reach For The Moon last month at Doncaster in the Champagne Stakes, no mean feat, and he joins Coventry Stakes winner Berkshire Shadow in ensuring this is a quality renewal of the Dewhurst.

Selection: Native Trail

Next Best: Go Bears Go


3.35 - Together For Racing International Cesarewitch Handicap (Heritage Handicap, 2m2f)

Once famed as being amongst the most daunting handicaps of the year and a real challenge for punters, the Cesarewitch has become easier to solve of late - owing to the fact Willie Mullins has won the last three on the trot.

M C MULDOON may help him connect four now. Second to Reshoun over 2m4f in the Ascot Stakes in June when last spotted on the Flat, this smart hurdler is rated 4lb higher now and looks a very obvious form contender with Ryan Moore booked.

Ireland's champion jumps trainer fires no less than six at this race and it would be some contest between just themselves.

The 2020 Triumph Hurdle winner Burning Victory has William Buick for company while Micro Manage (Colin Keane) and Whiskey Sour (Ben Curtis) are well able and last year's winner Great White Shark returns rated 10lb higher and having failed to shine in two hurdles runs this season. Seamie Heffernan rides and the mare could easily get back on track. If not WP Mullins, then who?

Donald McCain's Goobinator has got back to form with wins at York and Haydock recently and could go well at a big price, while last year's third Takarengo returns in good tune. Saeed bin Suroor's Live Your Dream was second in a C&D Trial last month and has the excellent Adam Farragher taking off 5lb, they could run a well again here.

Selection: M C Muldoon

Next Best: Goobinator


4.10 - Dubai British EBF Boadicea Stakes (Fillies' And Mares' Listed, 6f)

Despite only one racecourse appearance this season, Scarlet Bear is a major contender for William Jarvis. She won a Pontefract novice over this trip in April as she pleased and she'd run good races in defeat in Group-race company multiple times as a 2YO last term. The Kodi Bear filly is proven to go well fresh.

ADAAY TO REMEMBER ran third in the Hopeful Stakes over this trip here in August and that was a fine effort behind Summerghand and Tabdeed. That was her first attempt in Listed company and the progressive filly can offer more under John Egan. Tenaya Canyon joins recent C&D one-two Gale Force Maya and Gellhorn in the race for places.

Selection: Adaay To Remember

Next Best: Scarlet Bear


4.45 - Darley Stakes (Group 3, 1m1f)

Fascinating to see Barney Roy back here. A Royal Ascot Group 1-winning 3YO all the way back in 2017, his career at stud was aborted and he rewarded connections with big wins in Dubai last year.

He was also a sound third in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Ascot in the summer of 2020. He was last sighted winning a German Group 1 in September last year. He goes well fresh and commands a chunk of respect on an afternoon where his trainer is fancied to thrive.

Also in Godolphin blue, last month's Cambridgeshire winner Bedouin's Story tackles a race in this grade for the first time on British soil and has Frankie Dettori on board.

Mostahdaf's only defeat in five career starts was in a Royal Ascot Group 1 this summer on ground faster than ideal, he won in Listed company at Sandown last month on his only start since and is a key player for John & Thady Gosden with Jim Crowley on board for Shadwell.

Tyson Fury cannot be counted out for Richard Spencer, though he'll need a career-best and so BRENTFORD HOPE is given a chance to earn his breakthrough in this grade. The Camelot gelding was second in a French Group 3 over a mile in July when last out. Any rain that falls before post-time will only serve to aid his claims and he is a talented sort that could make his mark in this grade.

Selection: Brentford Hope

Next Best: Mostahdaf


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