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1.15 - Blandford Bloodstock Maiden Fillies' Stakes (7f)
A conundrum in the opening Fillies' maiden. Those that have run have shown some decent promise and are likely to improve, but there are also some shiny newcomers that take the eye on pedigree. As such, a thorough consultation of the betting is advised.
Those debutants are surely headlined by the Khalid Abdullah-owned duo of Quilted and Vesela, representing Roger Charlton and Ralph Beckett respectively. Both by Frankel and with plenty going for them on paper, the latter is just about preferred on this first day out, with the yard having enjoyed a fruitful time with their juveniles in this protracted campaign.
Hidden Breeze and Wootton Creek both shaped well on their debuts at Leicester and Chelmsford City - the latter back in June - but so too did CONSERVATOIRE for William Haggas.
The Cheveley Park-owned Dutch Art filly was a short-price favourite at Yarmouth this month (6f, good to firm) and while she was well held in fifth, she looked rather green in the middle part of the race before making up good late ground under a kind ride from Tom Marquand. She'll have learned plenty from that and may well take a good step forward here.
1.50 - Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2, 1m)
Five runners contest this Group 2 and, in truth, there's no safety net in trying to cross any of them off the list. Aidan O'Brien has won the previous two renewals with Mohawk and Royal Dornoch and he brings over Ontario to try and land the hat-trick.
He was placed in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh (7f, soft to heavy; 20-1) last month and will handle any cut in the ground. The son of Galileo should have further progress in him and that form has been handsomely advertised by the runner-up Cadillac since.
New Mandate comes in here with the top-rating having beaten some useful sorts to win the Flying Scotsman Stakes at Doncaster's Leger Festival this month. He got a vintage Frankie Dettori ride that afternoon, squeezing up the running rail before sticking his head out gamely to score. On that evidence a mile should be to his liking.
Gear Up is 2-2 having landed last month's Acomb Stakes at York gamely for Mark Johnston, though the form has not been done any favours by those that finished behind him and then travelled to Doncaster. On strict reading, he'll be held by New Mandate.
Pleasant Man made a winning start at Doncaster (1m, heavy) in a novice event this month, but Roger Charlton's son of Galileo is sitting a tough examination now. He is likely to improve, however.
The one that appeals most is COBH for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby. The son of Kodi Bear has won two-from-three so far with only defeat coming at Ascot in July when second to Chindit in the Listed Pat Eddery Stakes.
The winner looked very smart and proved that with his Champagne Stakes win at Doncaster since, while the third and fourth have also boosted that Ascot form with their subsequent efforts.
Cobh, meanwhile, went to Salisbury last month and won the Listed Stonehenge Stakes from Fancy Man (Listed winner since) in good style, suggesting he'd have more to offer. He's a very promising two-year-old and can take care of a talented quartet to land the Royal Lodge.
2.25 - Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (Fillies' Group 1, 6f)
An up-to-scratch renewal of this Group 1 contest seemingly and the Lowther form from York last month will get tested.
Irish raider Miss Amulet did the job well on the Knavesmire for Ken Condon on her first start at this six-furlong trip, holding off Sacred (second) by a length with Umm Kulthum (third) some three lengths and change further back.
The last-named won a Group 3 at Ayr last Saturday in determined fashion, but there has to be a concern this is coming quickly after that tough race.
Returning to Miss Amulet, she fully deserved that Lowther win and held off the runner-up determinedly late on. She has scope for better at this trip and is not opposed easily, but, even allowing for that, SACRED is put forward to get revenge.
William Haggas' filly is in danger of becoming a 'nearly horse' with that York second flanked by similar tales in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and the Flying Childers at Doncaster (both over 5f). In that latest Town Moor run the race didn't unfold to suit her.
She broke in a trio away from the main group and had to get racing sooner than desired while the winner Ubettabelieveit was towed into the contest for a lot longer. A short-head split them on the line. A return to 6f with first-time cheekpieces might be the making of Sacred here as Tom Marquand bids to continue his impressive recent Saturday afternoon success story.
Dandalla remains unbeaten having made it 3-3 when taking the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes over 6f here in July and is a massive danger as that form has worked out strongly. The Albany Stakes winner is getting better with every run and - unlike the selection - comes here refreshed after 78 days off ensuring Karl Burke will be confident he has her spot on for her toughest test to date.
3.00 - Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1, 6f)
The unbeaten Method is a leading candidate here for trainer Martyn Meade and Frankie Dettori. He made a stylish winning debut at Doncaster in June over this trip when easily dispatching Fev Rover and the runner-up is a Listed/Group 2 winner since.
Method, meanwhile, had few problems in following up in Listed company at Newbury in July. He is a smart colt and worthy of his place at the head of the market.
Owen Burrows' Minzaal justified favouritism to win the Gimcrack at York last month with something to spare and is another on the upgrade with leading claims under Jim Crowley. Tactical has smart form in the book, but didn't appear to be in love with softer going in France last time and that's a worry here.
Six successes means Aidan O'Brien has won the Middle Park more than anyone else, but his hopes of a third victory in four years seemingly are reliant on Lipizzaner taking a massive step up on what he has achieved in four runs to date.
LUCKY VEGA won the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in early August in very impressive fashion, with Royal Ascot winner (and re-opposing) The Lir Jet 3½-lengths behind having been upgraded to second after suffering interference from Aloha Star.
That effort from Jessica Harrington's winner is strong form and his recent National Stakes fifth over 7f at the Curragh was desperately unlucky as he met trouble in running that surely cost him any chance. A drop back to this distance will suit as he has plenty speed and that extra stamina may be an asset too. Ground conditions are fine and Shane Foley's mount looks well-placed for this contest.
3:35 - Cambridgeshire Handicap (Heritage Handicap, 1m1f)
A nice field of 29 runners for the Cambridgeshire will leave punters with no shortage of options in this tough puzzle with five places for each-way players. Cases can be made for a host of them - with Tempus, Sinjaari and Derevo amongst those meriting their places at the front of the betting along with Sir Busker despite his big weight.
John Gosden and Frankie Dettori first won this race together in 1994 and now - 26 years on - they are bidding to win for the third year running together after Wissahickon and Lord North's successes.
AL RUFAA is a similarly progressive three-year-old and his generation have done well in this race recently. His winning run was ended last time at Haydock but that four-runner race was not ideal given he can be keen.
Frankie should be able to get plenty cover from a good draw in this and it's noted that Al Rufaa's most polished performance so far came when he had 10 rivals here in July (biggest field he has run in). If his rider can keep him covered up, there may be further progress at this new distance and he's a lively contender.
Marcus Tregoning is enjoying a fine season and his lightly-raced five-year-old Power Of Darkness is another to consider. His career has been rather stop-start but we may not have seen his best stuff yet. He's only had one start this season, looking rusty after 11 months off, and could go well from a mark of 98 here.
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4.10 - British Stallion Studs EBF 'Jersey Lily' Fillies' Nursery (7f)
This should prove a strong nursery and it will likely be one where it pays to follow the form. Alan King's DROMQUINNA can go well from a mark of 79 after looking a shade unlucky to lose on the nod at Chelmsford last month on her nursery bow. She had a proper battle with the eventual winner from the home turn and looked the winner almost everywhere bar where it mattered most.
The Beverley maiden scorer should have learned plenty from that and, assuming this is run at an honest pace, the drop back to 7f won't compromise her chances of going one better.
Spirit Of The Bay caught the eye at Kempton (6f) on her second outing earlier in the month when finishing third and looks sure to improve again for Clive Cox going up in distance back on the turf. An opening mark of 69 is not harsh for his Cable Bay filly and William Cox takes off a handy 3lb.
4.40 - Bentley Motors Handicap (7f)
The hat-trick seeking Documenting is a good starting point and should give this a run in spite of carrying top weight. Tomfre rather flopped behind him last time but is more than capable of bouncing back here while recent winners Cry Havoc and Hamish Macbeth are notables.
However, GHALYOON has shaped well in both starts since he returned from 13 months off having undergone a wind operation after his Salisbury novice success last summer.
He finished with a flourish to be a neck second at Doncaster in August over this trip and again rattled home fast on Town Moor at the Leger Festival this month when beaten three-parts-of-a-length into third over a half-furlong shorter. He's up 2lb but the extra yardage is favourable and he's surely going to strike soon for Marcus Tregoning and Jim Crowley having just got rolling too late against well-handicapped rivals last time.
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