Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Wednesday; Maqaraat in the 5.20 at Newmarket, ridden by Richard Hills.
With Cheltenham and Newmarket both staging cards today and tomorrow, there is something for fans of either code to get stuck in to over the next couple of days.
At Cheltenham, Poquelin and Habbie Simpson should both win if over their Festival exertions, but they’ll be short enough to do so, while it will be really interesting to see how Havingotascoobydo gets on now he takes a rise in class.
I’m heading to Newmarket for the day’s selection, however, and it comes in the penultimate contest, the Download Blue Square Iphone App Maiden Stakes.
Henry Cecil’s Midsummer Sun is likely to be all the rage here as ‘the dogs have been barking’ for some time as they say and the son of Monsun, who is a half-brother to the top-class filly Midday, could well be up to the task on debut.
The Dante and Derby entry will be very short to record a debut success and, with the dead eight runners, the race shapes up for an each-way alternative, just incase the vibes are not right.
Barry Hills saddles two here, so it will be interesting to see how the market speaks for his pair, but Maqaraat (5:20) went in to my notebook when fifth on debut here last backend and looked a sure-fire future winner.
The grey son of Dalakhani was given a fairly tender introduction under Tadgh O’Shea and, with the step up in trip bound to suit, he looks set to run a big race under Richard Hills.
Along with stable-mate Dream Achieved and Midsummer Sun, the selection is other colt in the line-up to hold an entry in York’s Dante Stakes and it will be disappointing if he can’t go close on his first start at three. Take an early price and back him each-way.
5:20 Newmarket Maqaraat (each-way)
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Last year’s selections included:
Hurricane Fly: 3/1 winner of the G1 Rabobank Champion Hurdle
Copper Bleu: 12/1 winner of the Jewson at Cheltenham
Great Endeavour: 18/1 winner of the Festival Plate
Tranguil Sea: 11/2 winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup
Sizing Europe: 6/1 winner of the Arkle
Weapon’s Amnesty: 10/1 winner of the RSA Chase