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Conor Magner: 5:40pm Newcastle – Colony Queen
Highly consistent and adaptable runner last year with four wins. She starts this season off a mark of 72 and looks capable of adding to her 2019 haul.
Ryan McCue: 4.45pm Newmarket – Qaysar
He did manage to end the unbeaten run of favourite Nahaarr last August at this track and although he’s 11lbs worse off he followed up since that win last August to win another two, so he improved again. He carries top weight here but is generally consistent and rounded off last season when finishing down the field in a very competitive Ascot handicap so he lowers his sights once again so hopefully, that will see him back to winning ways
Adam Killeen: 2:25pm Newmarket (Sunday) – Davydenko
Last season bar one blip at Royal Ascot Davydenko didn’t stop progressing winning 4 of 5 starts. It is the last of those wins which points to him having a massive chance today; it was his first try at today’s trip of 1m2f and he won with more in hand than the margin suggests. The second won his next 2 starts including an ultra-competitive Meydan handicap, the third was second on his next start and the fourth won his next start giving the form a rock-solid look.
I would be hopeful he can take this handicap before going on to ply his trade in Group races for the rest of the season.
Niall O’ Reilly: 1:50pm Newmarket – Far Above
I’ll admit I’m a little worried about the drop to 5f here for Far Above though he has plenty of speed, and the forecast rain will certainly help should it fall. James Tate is a trainer to follow early in the season as he has shown himself to be particularly adept at having his horses ready after a break. It’s a competitive race though but Far Above is the only one that I can see having the ability to win a Group 1 this season, and I think he’ll take this race on his way to the top.
Frank Hickey: Newmarket 2.25pm – Queen Power
This looks like a really competitive renewal of the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes where cases could definitely be made for any one of three in Magic Lily, Terebellum and Queen Power but it’s Queen Power that I like.
She has only had five starts in total but did win on debut at Newmarket at the backend of her two-year-old career. Not many debutants win first time out for Sir Michael Stoute but she did win nicely, which suggested early on that she is well above average.
Touched off on her reappearance last season, she followed that up with a win at Listed level at Newbury in a race that has worked out. The second Lavenders Blue has won at Group 3 level, the third Star Catcher won the Ribblesdale, Irish Oaks and the Fillies And Mares on Champions weekend, the fourth Star Terms was touched off at Group 3 level and even the fifth Sea Of Faith finished the season rated 102. That form couldn’t be stronger.
She was fourth in the Ribblesdale on her next start but found the mile and a half trip too much of a stamina test, as she was extremely keen the whole way round and actually did really well do finish so close. She disappointed on her last start against the colts at Windsor but if she has learnt to settle, she could be a massive improver and Stoute is a dab hand at improving this type.
Lorcan O’ Rourke: 22.36pm Belmont – Firenze Fire
Firenze Fire sets the standard here having mixed with the very best 6/7f horses last year. It’s his first run for Kelly Breen having left Jason Servis, this would appear on paper a significant trainer downgrade. However, a lightning work on the 21st of May over 5f suggest he is in top order and with his main rivals Performer trying 7f for the first time and Vekoma needing to be handy but being trapped out in 11 could set up nicely for a wire to wire effort.
Conor Murphy: 5:00pm Lyon Parilly – Camogie
Flighty Lady sets the standard with a third place in the Marcel Boussac last year to her name but didn’t look great on her reappearance so worth looking at one of the maiden winners. Solsticia not running is a shame but Camogie won her maiden very well despite looking green and has a lot of improvement in her this summer.
Sean O’ Sullivan: 12:00am Santa Anita (Saturday Night) – Honor AP
Authentic will be a warm order but faces plenty of heat on the lead here, Honor Ap was off a 5 month lay off when finishing 2 lengths behind Authentic in March and should strip far fitter here, should get a perfect trip stalking the speed and if they go hard I think he’ll pick them up.