The TV action from Newmarket kicks off on Saturday with a nursery for fillies at 2.20pm and Ralph Beckett’s filly Amabilis could have her form boosted as she finished second to Rhododendron at Goodwood in a maiden. If she runs well this filly will be popular for good reason. Robert Eddery’s filly Fire Palace is a nice each-way punt as her third, a length behind Glitter Girl at Doncaster last month reads well. The winner there was only beaten two-and-a-half lengths behind Spain Burg in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket a few weeks ago.
The Dubai 100 Autumn Stakes at 2.55pm has an open look to it and Aidan O’Brien runs The Anvil. He has improved with each start & will have plenty of fans after finishing a very impressive second in the Juddmonte Stakes at odds of 25/1. It’s interesting that Sir Michael Stoute pitches Zainhom in this race and worth noting. He was very green when winning at York, and on better ground here you’d think there is more to come. Zainhom could be a good each-way punt in a wide open contest.
The Dewhurst (3.30pm) as ever looks a good race and the O’Brien yard run Churchill as their main hope. Blue Point and Thunder Show for Godolphin are in the mix, plus the in-form William Haggas’ Rivet and John Gosden’s Seven Heavens mean it will be a decent contest and the winner may well end up favourite for next year’s Guineas. South Seas has ducked under the radar but the ground maybe a little quick for this son of Loup de Vega. Aidan has such a good record in this race – winning three of the last seven renewals – so it is hard to get away from Churchill, but if there is juice in the ground South Seas is worth keeping an eye on.
The Cesarewitch at 4.10pm is a real cavalry charge with more than 30 horses going to post, and Sir Mark Prescott was praying St Michael would get in as his run in the Doncaster cup behind Sheikhzayedroad & Quest for More looks good – particularly as the latter won the Cadran on Arc weekend. Gabrial the Hero finished fourth in the Chester Cup and off a nice weight can go well at a big price, while David Pipe’s Starchitect has been laid out for this contest. I also can’t help but spot the jockey booking of Ryan Moore on David Pipe’s Ennistown – the horse who won a handicap hurdle at Cartmel last time out is worth watching.