Newmarket Guineas Festival Preview - Day 1
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Newmarket Guineas Festival Preview - Day 1

The three-day Guineas Festival at Newmarket gets underway on Friday afternoon with a seven-race offering from Britain's Flat-racing HQ. There's a pair of Listed races on offer, while the Friday feature is the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes at 3:35pm. Racing at Newmarket is from 1:15pm-4:45pm, and the Racing Post previews all the action for the opening day.


1:15pm - My Odds Boost On Betfair British EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (5f)

None of these eight fillies have seen the racecourse before, so the market will be an essential guide. However, on paper, the trio that stand out are Chasseral, She's A Mirage and MALRESCIA.

The first-named is by Exceed And Excel and runs in the Juddmonte colours for Andrew Balding, who introduced a first-time-out 2YO score at Ascot on Wednesday and has his string in fine fettle. Kodiac filly She's A Mirage has plenty in her pedigree to recommend her chance, and Richard Hannon has secured Ryan Moore's services.

Malrescia cost ?140,000 as a foal, and the daughter of Acclamation is bred to be smart. William Buick rides, and his strike rate for George Boughey in the previous 12 months stands at 32 per cent (9-28), so they are worth chancing.

Selection: Malrescia

Next Best: She's A Mirage


1:50pm - Best Odds On The Betfair Exchange Newmarket Stakes (Listed, 1m2f)

This could be a big weekend for Charlie Appleby, the locally-based Newmarket trainer seeking his maiden Guineas success, and he could hardly arrive in better shape, with his string boasting a 42 per cent win ratio across recent weeks.

He and William Buick are the hottest team in town, and they can combine to land this Listed prize with NATIONS PRIDE. The Teofilo colt won 2-3 starts last season (both on the all-weather) and looked to have wintered well when scoring in fine style at Meydan (turf) in February. He powered through the line and is likely only going to improve in the months to come.

Hoo Ya Mal was third in the Craven over a mile here this month on his comeback, making some late gains from the rear, and could do better upped in trip, while once-raced course maiden winner Subastar has plenty scope for improvement. The Sea The Stars colt beat some well-touted rivals over a mile here in September for Roger Varian, and the form has been boosted numerous times since.

Austrian Theory has the most experience and is rock-solid but faded from the front in the Feilden Stakes over 1m1f two weeks ago.

Selection: Nations Pride

Next Best: Subastar


2:25pm - Betfair King Charles II Stakes (Listed, 7f)

Noble Truth was previously spotted folding tamely in the Saudi Derby in February. Charlie Appleby's Kingman colt has some useful turf form from last season at this 7f trip, including a Listed score at Doncaster during the St Leger Festival. He handles all ground and is talented, but his keenness in his races is a worry.

A tongue-tie is added to the hood he sports now, and he's got the best form.

Ribhi was two lengths behind him in that Doncaster race in September, an effort that came either side of wins at Salisbury in his three starts as a juvenile.

Marcus Tregoning's charge was third in the European Free Handicap over C&D this month on his comeback and should be in the mix again.

The Richard Hannon-trained GUBBASS ran well when fourth in the Greenham at Newbury this month despite plenty going wrong. He was worked up and sweating beforehand, and a slow start ensured he conceded ground to the field before eventually staying on late in the piece in what was a Group 3 contest laced with speed and talented rivals - won by leading 2000 Guineas candidate Perfect Power in authoritative fashion.

This isn't as taxing on paper, and with Ryan Moore now booked, this Mehmas colt looks well worth persevering with at this trip.

Selection: Gubbass

Next Best: Ribhi

Newmarket Guineas Festival Preview - Day 2

Newmarket Guineas Festival Preview - Day 2

3:00pm - Betfair Daily Rewards Handicap (7f)

Wizard D'amour justified favouritism on seasonal comeback at Catterick over this trip nine days ago for trainer Karl Burke and comes here with his tail up, though this looks a tougher assignment for the four-year-old Dutch Art gelding taking on older rivals.

One of those is SHINE SO BRIGHT for Andrew Balding and King Power Racing. He's a winner over track and trip in the past and also has proven his ability to do well off the back of a layoff.

This Group 2-winning performer has been cut some slack by the assessor, and that's before factoring in the 7lb claim of Harry Davies. They should go close.

Selection: Shine So Bright

Next Best: Wizard D'amour


3:35pm - Betfair Exchange Jockey Club Stakes (Group 2, 1m4f)

Charlie Appleby and William Buick have strong claims everywhere we look, and none are more apparent than those held by YIBIR. He finished off his 3YO season with a hat-trick of wins, beginning with York's Great Voltigeur before scoring twice in the United States, including the Breeders' Cup Turf at Del Mar in November.

He was agonisingly touched off in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in his comeback run last month, and, even allowing for a 3lb penalty here, his form leaves him well clear of these rivals.

Mark Johnston fires two of the remaining four, with hat-trick seeking Living Legend (Joe Fanning) capable of grabbing the silver medal ahead of stablemate West End Charmer (Ryan Moore), who is making his first appearance since September.

Selection: Yibir

Next Best: Living Legend


4:10pm - Betfair Maiden Fillies' Stakes (1m2f)

VOODOO QUEEN and Picual both finished second-best on their second and final starts at two, and, no doubt, trainers Roger Varian and Sir Michael Stoute will have the well-bred fillies ear-marked for progress this season. They have fair claims on reappearance, with marginal preference for the Frankel filly, who is entered at both Royal Ascot and in the Irish Oaks.

That partnership of Appleby/Buick introduce Godolphin newcomer Light Of Peace, who is one to be noted in the betting, while John & Thady Gosden's newcomers Complimentary and Elegant Verse fit the same billing. The William Haggas-trained Pawapuri should build on a recent debut at Newbury to be competitive in what looks like a warm maiden.

Selection: Voodoo Queen

Next Best: Light Of Peace


4:45pm - Daily Tips On Betting.Betfair Handicap (1m)

A rather disappointing turnout of only five for the Newmarket finale, but that won't make things uncompetitive as any of the quintet could win.

Carolus Magnus ran well over C&D a fortnight ago at the Craven Meeting, perhaps better than a finishing position of fifth implied on the day. Andrew Balding's charge will be wiser for that run and takes a minor drop in class and now also has Harry Davies claiming 7lb.

Dingle has been consistent on the all-weather of late and gets Ryan Moore for company now chasing a first turf success, while Eilean Dubh was a luckless and fast-finishing third at Pontefract on Wednesday and will harbour claims here.

Despite ceding match practice to his rivals, LEGEND OF DUBAI gets the nod for Roger Varian. He ran well in all three turf starts in 2020 at up to a mile and justified cramped odds over 1m4f at Ffos Las in a novice contest in August on his only appearance last year. This is tougher, but the front pair drew right away in that contest, and it might well be that he's got more to come down in trip for this handicap bow off a fair mark of 85.

Selection: Legend Of Dubai

Next Best: Carolus Magnus






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