Former Talksport man Charlie McCann marks your card and previews the action at Newmarket and Market Rasen on Saturday with five selections to get stuck into.
A sensational weekend of racing with two Group One races at Newmarket and a good jumps card from Market Rasen to get our teeth into; the big betting race of the weekend is the first leg of the Autumn double the Betfred Cambridgeshire and I am keen on the chances of King’s Warrior (3.40) who has not been seen since landing the John Smith’s Cup at York back in July. The selection drops back over a furlong in trip and is 10lb higher than when successful on the Knavesmire, but the rise is partly negated by the booking of excellent apprentice Michael Murphy who can still claim 5lbs.
Chil The Kite (stall 1) represents the yard of Hughie Morrison who saddled the winner of the corresponding race back in 2009; Champion jockey elect Richard Hughes (we have already paid out on Hughes at BetVictor) is an eye-catching booking for the colt who has yet to race beyond a mile but promises to be very well served by the step up in trip. Note we are paying five places on the race;
Betfred Cambridgeshire: EW 5 places:
Chil The Kite: 8/1
Bronze Angel: 12/1
King’s Warrior: 14/1
Beauty Parlour (3.00) has her first run for Sir Henry Cecil in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes having left France since her last start when losing her unbeaten record in the French Oaks; it may surprise some to see she is dropped back to a mile, especially without a pacemaker, but she looked a class act when landing the French Guineas at Longchamp back in the spring and, if all goes to plan on Saturday, she looks likely to contest the QEII at Ascot next month rather than next weekend’s Arc although she still holds an entry in the Paris showpiece.
Frankel won the opening Royal Lodge (run at Ascot in those days) two years ago but he has been the only winning favourite in the last seven years; Fantastic Moon (1.55) looks ready for the step up to a mile and the only unbeaten colt in the line up can maintain his 100% record for Jeremy Noseda and Johnny Murtagh who takes over with regular pilot William Buick retained by John Gosden for Excess Knowledge.
I thought Suraj (4.25) was a horse going places earlier in the year and he returns from a 77-day absence at Haydock for Michael Bell; he has winning form on soft ground and is a horse who obviously shows plenty at home given he has been made favourite for his last four starts.
At Market Rasen Bobowen (2.40) is the selection in the Listed 32Red Handicap Chase a fascinating race with any number of potential improvers; the selection was no match for Royale’s Charter over an inadequate trip last time bringing his winning sequence to a halt but he remains open to further improvement and, in a wide open contest, gets the nod.
Hunters Lodge (3.20) will get further but makes his chase debut off his hurdle mark and this point-to-point winner promises to make up into a better staying chaser; Handsome Harry has a similar profile for Kim Bailey and is much respected.