Newmarket Tattersalls Somerville Stakes Day Preview
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Newmarket Tattersalls Somerville Stakes Day Preview

Saturday afternoon racing from Newmarket features the £100,000 Tattersalls Somerville Action Stakes and the Listed Hopeful Stakes among a seven-race offering. They race at Headquarters from 1.35pm-4.58pm and the Racing Post previews all the action.


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1.35pm - JenningsBet British EBF Novice Stakes (6f)

Roger Varian saw Charyn make a winning bow in a Haydock maiden earlier in the month and the Dark Angel colt should progress from that starting point. He sets the standard but there are dangers aplenty for him under his 7lb penalty.

Newcomers Fast Trek, The XO and Ready Reckoner command attention for strong vibes in the betting, all make some form of appeal on paper.

Two with experience to be noted are Dance Acclaim, who didn't get the best of passages on debut at Ascot in May, and James Fanshawe's ENDEARED.

The selection has had three runs and made the frame in all. He was inched out at Doncaster in the middle of those and then chased home a rival that won again next time at Chester last month. In both cases, he was clear of the remainder and his turn is surely coming.

Selection: Endeared

Next Best: Charyn

 

2.10pm - JenningsBet Handicap (7f)

Plenty of these arrive in form, with Chola Empire the exception - returning from 302 days off for his handicap debut/third start. He's been gelded and is hooded today and a watching brief might be safest.

The others all have claims on form, though Artaois is probably going to have to raise his game on the evidence of this season.

Roach Power won at Ripon over 5f last time and could be set to go well if seeing this longer trip out, while Space Tracker is 2-3 so far and bumped into a useful winner when second at Ffos Last in July. He has no worries over the trip.

A blip in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot in June aside SPINAROUND has been largely consistent over further this term for John & Thady Gosden and, second here last time over a mile, the way he's been moving through his races suggests a drop back in trip is worthwhile for this C&D maiden winner.

Selection: Spinaround

Next Best: Roach Power

 

2.45pm - £100,000 Tattersalls Somerville Auction Stakes (6f)

Eddie's Boy is the form-pick, surrounding last month's Newbury Super Sprint success with plenty good efforts in Listed/Group-race company over the minimum trip. He should be a contender tackling 6f for the first time, albeit he's giving away weight all round.

To that end, the 13lb received by the filly WOOLHAMPTON could be pivotal now. That's 5lb more than she was getting when second in that aforementioned Newbury contest last month.

She caught the eye in third since over the same 5f trip back there in a Listed race and, ridden more patiently than in the early stages of her 2YO season, she may now be ready to excel back at 6f for the second time.

Others to make the shortlist are Miss Jungle Cat, Self Praise and Boy Browning - the last-named having taken a Windsor novice over this trip in decisive fashion this month on his second start for in-form trainer Eve Johnson-Houghton.

Selection: Woolhampton

Next Best: Boy Browning

 

3.15pm - JenningsBet Hopeful Stakes (Listed, 6f)

An impressive debut winner on Kempton's Polytrack last season, Daneh was placed subsequently in Group 3s at Deauville and Goodwood on her only two turf starts as a juvenile.

The Dubawi filly hasn't been spotted in a year, but is very much one to note now returning for the Simon & Ed Crisford team. She gets weight from these older rivals but perhaps there will be bit of rustiness on show today.

The evergreen Summerghand won this contest a year ago and was typically on the scoresheet for the sixth year running when obliging at York last Saturday. He cannot be ruled out safely but this might come a tad quickly.

Great Ambassador was first home in his group in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood despite a far from perfect passage and comes here with hopes of better, but MANACCAN is preferred.

John Ryan's three-year-old is having only his tenth start and he was a convincing enough winner at Ascot on Shergar Cup Day this month over 5f despite having to wait patiently for a gap to open. That was over 5f and, being a novice winner over this trip around here, the Exceed And Excel colt is well worth a crack in this grade now.

Selection: Manaccan

Next Best: Great Ambassador

 

3.50pm - Bet With JenningsBet Handicap (1m6f)

Both Haliphon and HMS President hold engagements on Friday and so their participation here is doubtful.

Soapy Stevens didn't perform as expected at York ten days ago but had previously been in good tune and could rebound for 5,000-up trainer Mark Johnston now.

Another with a rebound in mind is Charlie Appleby's Nahanni, seventh in the Derby at Epsom in June but well held since in the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot and Hamilton conditions event since.

Prince Imperial was victorious at Ayr when last spotted 11 months ago and a market check is needed as Richard Hughes' Frankel gelding returns now, but TRAILA is given a chance to shine for David Simcock and Jamie Spencer.

He was hard to get to the track, seemingly, for Sir Michael Stoute, with big breaks either side of his Wolverhampton novice win last October. He was third in a Doncaster novice over 1m4f at the start of July on his comeback, with the first and second both winners on their next starts. The Australia gelding should relish this longer trip and can excel on handicap bow for his new handler.

Selection: Traila

Next Best: Nahanni

 

4.25pm - JenningsBet The UK's Leading Bookmaker Handicap (1m4f)

The winning streak of SIMPLY SONDHEIM stands at five after he returned from a midsummer break to score as he pleased at Newcastle over 1m2f eight days ago. George Boughey's three-year-old had lots in hand there, but has also shown his willingness to get down and dirty when asked to battle.

Off this new mark of 86, he's a full 30lb higher than when he opened his account at Hamilton in May, but he now tackles 1m4f for the first time and the assessor may find he's still hiding something.

Hexameter was beaten only by an improving sort when second at Kempton over this trip on handicap bow this month and Roger Varian's Ulysses filly is entitled to be in the mix again, as is Leicester winner Sarsons Risk for Ian Williams and the consistent maiden Pub Crawl for Michael Bell.

Selection: Simply Sondheim

Next Best: Hexameter

 

4.58pm - Take Time To Think Handicap (5f)

THE PRINCES POET appears to be lurking on a decent mark after a close-up third at Windsor (5f, good to firm) recently in a race won by the re-opposing Lipsink.

Eve Johnson-Houghton's charge made up good ground from the rear on that occasion and now finds himself 7lb better off with the winner when factoring in Harry Davies' claim.

Robert Cowell's winner was entitled to find form dropped in class for that race and may have his say again, while Helvetian made it two wins in his last four starts with a score at Pontefract five weeks ago and is shortlisted once more for the Newmarket finale alongside Doncaster scorer Blissful Song - winner of her last two starts on turf.

Selection: The Princes Poet

Next Best: Helvetian

 

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