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The National Hunt season may be starting to assert but there's a quality card at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon as well, with a trio of Listed event taking place at Headquarters.They race from 12.40pm-4.43pm at Newmarket and the Racing Post previews all eight races, with their selection and analysis for what should be a thrilling day of racing.


12.40 - Prestige Vehicles British EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes Division 1 (7f)

Not too much in the way of form to lean on in this opening Fillies' novice event. Consensus De Vega made a decent fist of things when fourth over C&D at the start of the month and should progress for Roger Varian, while Flamenco Fan was a spot better off last month here in similar contest for David Menuisier and fits a similar billing.

There's no shortage of potential amongst the newcomers too, however. Attentive, Bermuda and Arion are worth some scrutiny but CRYSTAL CAPRICE makes appeal on debut for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. Her dam is a half-sister to Crystal Ocean and the Frankel filly could be up to this challenge.

Selection: Crystal Caprice

Next Best: Flamenco Fan

1.15 - Prestige Vehicles British EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes Division 2 (7f)

Even less evidence on the formbook for the second division. Those that have run - Beebee, Centrallia and Streaky Bay - don't appear to set the bar high and will need to come forward plenty to land this. Of those, Ralph Beckett's daughter of Cityscape may do best now, having had a C&D (soft) spin.

CARNIVAL GIRL, a New Approach sister to the smart 7f/1m winner Military March, looks the sort to do well for Charlie Appleby and William Buick on debut and earns the call. Crystal Estrella, Golden Lyra, Irresistible and the Frankel filly Nashwa for the Gosdens and Hollie Doyle are also worth noting.

Selection: Carnival Girl

Next Best: Nashwa

1.48 - 888sport What's Your Thinking Nursery (1m1f)

OH HERBERTS REIGN was ridden with lots more restraint at Doncaster (1m, soft) last weekend and still managed to come through under pressure and make it three wins in his last four starts for Richard Hannon. The versatile sort had previously made every yard in a convincing York success over the mile at the start of this month. He's up another 4lb now but promises to improve again over this extra furlong.

In a warm contest, he faces a quartet of fellow last-time-out winners, namely; Spinaround, New Mission, Captain's Bar and Lawful Command.

The last-named defied a penalty in good style over 7f here 10 days ago but requires more now, while Frankie Dettori's mount Spinaround won a 7f maiden in good style here five weeks ago, though the form isn't overly strong. Godolphin's New Mission therefore is second choice, with his Epsom maiden win in August a shade more comfortable than the winning margin hinted and the form franked since by the runner-up.

Selection: Oh Herberts Reign

Next Best: New Mission

2.23 - 888sport What's Your Thinking Handicap (1m)

Plenty chances on this card for Charlie Appleby and William Buick and right amongst them should be NOBLE DYNASTY, the Dubawi colt twice having finished second over 6f/7f in previous course starts. He returned from a break with a determined win at Thirsk (1m, good) in early September and wasn't seen to best effect since at Haydock when he ran into some traffic woes. Cheekpieces are deployed now and he's taking a drop in class as well. He could have more to offer after just four runs.

The filly State Occasion had plenty to like in her Ascot second over his trip at the start of September and perhaps didn't see out 1m2f adequately when third here since. She can have her say, while Greatgadian is likely to leave behind a lacklustre Epsom run over further last month.

Ropey Guest acquitted himself well enough in last month's Cambridgeshire here under a penalty for his Yarmouth score at this distance. He's again run creditably at Leicester (7f, good to soft) since and while his win ratio (2-24) isn't great, he has placed in a Group 3 here in the past and is seemingly on a fair mark.

Selection: Noble Dynasty

Next Best: Ropey Guest

2.58 - British Stallion Studs EBF Montrose Fillies' Stakes (Listed, 1m)

Once again the boys in blue are holding big claims as With The Moonlight bagged all-weather wins at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton since running very green on debut here (July Course, 7f, good to firm) in high summer. The Frankel filly could be much more professional this time, but does need to show her ability on grass in a contest where lots will fancy their chances.

Aunt Bethany, Rousay and Oheka are open to further progress for top yards, while Five Stars is 2-2 for Mark Johnston in minor company, though the Sea The Stars filly did show signs of temperament last time.

Sir Percy filly KAWIDA was runner-up in her first two starts at Newbury and here on the July Course before justifying cramped odds in a Haydock maiden (7f, soft) in August. She did that readily and both the second and well-beaten third were winners on their next appearances. Ed Walker's charge likely has to improve again to bag this prize up in class but it should come as no great surprise to find her doing that.

Selection: Kawida

Next Best: With The Moonlight

3.33 - 888sport What's Your Thinking James Seymour Stakes (Listed, 1m2f)

Nine-years-old he may now be but multiple Group-race winner Desert Encounter has kept good company all season long and David Simcock's veteran has four-times been a silver medallist in six starts. He was second to subsequent Longchamp Group 1 winner Teona at Windsor (1m3½f, good to firm) in August (conceded 13lb) and has since been second in an American Grade 1 at Woodbine. He's not one to dismiss hastily.

Neither would it be wise to dismiss last month's German Listed winner Monty, though he has to ship weight to the field, or the very impressive Salisbury handicap winner Majestic Dawn. Tyson Fury probably has most to prove.

Getting weight from four rivals, the improving 3YO BAY BRIDIGE looks well-placed against by Sir Michael Stoute. The New Bay colt is 3-3 so far in 2021 and defied a five-month absence to score at York (1m2½f, good to soft) this month in a handicap off a mark of 105. He's very much worthy of a crack at a Listed prize.

Selection: Bay Bridge

Next Best: Desert Encounter

4.08 - 888sport What's Your Thinking Ben Marshall Stakes (Listed, 1m)

Zakouski was all out to win this race a year ago on heavy ground. He returns to defend the crown and hasn't raced since winning a Meydan Group 2 in February. Going well fresh hasn't proved a barrier in the past and Charlie Appleby's charge will have a major say if he's anyway near full tilt.

Oh This Is Us is a former C&D winner too but has a 5lb penalty in this line-up and that makes things tough for Richard Hannon's veteran.

SAFE VOYAGE retains a superb strike-rate (11-30) on turf and has been a fine servant to John Quinn. A Group 2 winner last season, he ran well enough in that grade here three weeks ago behind a decisive winner when finishing fourth and it will be no shock if he's right in the firing line today.

Irish raider Dante's Pass is 2-2 so far for Joseph O'Brien and, while this is a quick rise in class, it's interesting to see him here and he's open to plenty more improvement with Ryan Moore taking over in the saddle now.

Selection: Safe Voyage

Next Best: Dante's Pass

3.43 - 888sport Bet Builder Handicap (7f)

Bernardo O'Reilly has threatened to score on multiple occasions this season for trainer Richard Spencer and has to be considered a key player on just his second Class 4 start of the year. He joins Farhh To Shy in carrying top-weight for this Newmarket closer. The filly lost out in a head-bob over C&D at the start of the month and remains a key figure from 2lb higher given her lightly-raced profile.

Another filly, Taawfan makes her first turf start of the year for Owen Burrows and isn't easy to dismiss from a mark of 80 but marginal preference goes the way of DANDYS DERRIERE for Brian Meehan. He showed plenty promise in three runs last year before a flop at Ascot in September. On the strength of his earlier Sandown second to New Mandate, he could be nicely treated here from a 3lb lower mark if he's ready to go first-time-out and the stable are in fine form right now.

Selection: Dandys Derriere

Next Best: Farhh To Shy




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