Horse Racing tips: Timeform’s 3 things to watch out for at Newmarket this weekend

Timeform’s Tony McFadden highlights three things to watch out for at Newmarket’s Guineas meeting.

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Infinite Cosmos bids to boost Oaks claims

Infinite Cosmos has yet to win a race but has only two horses ahead of her in the betting for the Epsom Oaks, for which she is a decent price with Paddy Power. Infinite Cosmos is certainly bred to be talented – she is by Sea The Stars and out of a listed winner who is a half-sister to the dam of top-class Crystal Ocean – and she produced a performance full of potential when runner-up at Doncaster on debut last season, going down by just a short-head to a filly with the benefit of experience who has subsequently been placed in a Group 3.

Infinite Cosmos shaped best at Doncaster, where she kept on strongly from off a steady pace to only just miss out, and she has the large P attached to her Timeform rating to indicate she is likely capable of much better form. Trainer Sir Michael Stoute gives her the chance to take that step forward and press her Oaks claims in the mile-and-a-quarter fillies’ maiden at Newmarket on Friday (16:45).

Can Auguste Rodin take the first step towards the Triple Crown?

You have to go back to Nijinsky in 1970 to find the last time a colt completed the English Triple Crown of the 2000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger, but there appears to be a realistic contender this year in the shape of Auguste Rodin.

Auguste Rodin, who is by a Japanese Triple Crown winner in Deep Impact, created an excellent impression as a two-year-old, winning three of his four starts after meeting with an unlucky defeat on debut.

The most significant of those victories was in the Group 1 Futurity Trophy at Doncaster that trainer Aidan O’Brien has won with multiple subsequent classic winners, including Camelot who was the last horse to win the 2000 Guineas and Derby but came up short in the St Leger.

It’s worth noting that Camelot was sent off at 8/13 for the Derby and 2/5 for the St Leger, and Auguste Rodin is also likely to be a short price for those classics if winning the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday against some talented and speedy rivals. The Guineas is likely to prove the toughest leg for Auguste Rodin so if you fancy him to win on Saturday then the price to complete the Triple Crown could be of interest.

Will Tahiyra be too good for her 1000 Guineas rivals?

Dermot Weld has won all five Irish classics and three of the British ones during a magnificent career, but he’s still searching for a first success in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the St Leger at Doncaster.

He has a strong chance of ticking off the 1000 Guineas on Sunday, though, as he is represented by Tahiyra, the top-rated juvenile filly of 2022. Tahiyra, who is a half-sister to the stable’s multiple Group 1 winner Tarnawa, created an excellent impression when making a successful debut at the Galway Festival and then overcame the steep rise in class to beat Meditate in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

The way Tahiyra quickened up to lead without her rider needing to go for the whip was extremely impressive and she is a hugely exciting prospect.

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