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Irish raider UNCONQUERABLE is the most experienced runner in the line-up and has also been running in some very tough company this season. He finished third in the Royal Lodge at HQ last time behind Coroebus and that looks just about the strongest form on show. It’s an added bonus that Frankie Dettori has been booked and it can get the big Irish challenge off to a flying start on a wonderful day of racing at Newmarket.
Both of ALOTAIBI’s starts so far have been over 7 furlongs. He managed to get the job done at Newbury and went down fighting last time at Ascot. It’s interesting that connections drop Alotaibi back to 6 furlongs, but there is no doubt in he has a massive amount of quality.
He has a bit to find on official ratings, but he has a huge amount of room for improvement. We should take the hint that the master trainer John Gosden decides to dip his toe into Listed company on his third lifetime start.
The dogs in the street have been barking his name in Newmarket for some time and COROEBUS showed what he is capable of on his racecourse debut, despite getting chinned. He looked set for an impressive victory over course and in the Royal Lodge Stakes, but got tired up the hill after being sent for home way too early. He is supposedly top of the pecking order for Godolphin, and it will be a major disappointment if he doesn’t get it done now.
The Gosden runner FAISAL was second to Amnaat at Doncaster last time when trying to give a big chunk of weight away which just proved too much. The winner has come out and run a cracker to be second in the Cambridgeshire since, proving that he was well in front of his handicap mark at Doncaster.
The galloping nature of the track at York will suit Faisal as he is a big, powerful individual who will keep on rolling. The returning Bay Bridge should help make the selection a fair price.
With the magic ‘dead eight’ runners going to post, DHABAB has to be backed each-way. He looked all over the winner but was run down late by Native Trail two starts ago over 7 furlongs on the July course and his jockey is unlikely to make that same mistake by going for home too early again.
He couldn’t cope with the drop back down to 6 furlongs last time and was a never-nearer fourth, but was closing all the way to the line. If the favourite Native Trail is going to be beaten, he could be the one who jumps up the ante-post lists for next season’s 2,000 Guineas.
Another Irish raider from the Aido McGuinness yard, who won the Prix de L’Abbeye last weekend in France. LAUGH A MINUTE was very unlucky last time and I’m hoping he is able to cope with the quicker nature of the track at York. He will need a little bit of pace on his side to latch onto, won’t mind any dig in the ground and there is no doubting he is well handicapped. What’s not to like?
It would be easy to go with one of the Willie Mullins’ raiders in the Cesarewitch as they look to have a stranglehold with six runners in the field. However, we’ll look for some each-way value with Paddy paying seven places! MARGARET DUMONT has not run on slightly slower conditions yet, but it looks an absolute must for her.
She got checked badly in her run at Goodwood a few starts ago when sixth over 2m 4f, but would have finished on the heels of the placed horses otherwise. She has a featherweight in Georgia Dobie to carry, the visor has been added to help her concentrate and she can get a slice of the each-way action at a big price.
13:45 Newmarket – Unconquerable
14:02 York – Alotaibi
14:20 Newmarket – Coroebus
14:37 York – Faisal
14:55 Newmarket – Dhabab (Each-way)
15:15 York – Laugh A Minute
15:35 Newmarket – Margaret Dumont (each-way)
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