ITV Racing tips: A look at Saturday’s big races
Preview of the top three races
Next season’s Classics come into focus with the Middle Park and Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, so we preview the Group 1 contests and the Cambridgeshire Handicap in our ITV Racing tips for Saturday.
Terrestrial viewers can look forward to another bumper afternoon of action with six races from Haydock and Newmarket on ITV4.
2.25 NEWMARKET – Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes
No fewer than 13 juvenile fillies line up for this 6f Group 1, which can be a pointer to next May’s 1000 Guineas, although the last filly to win both races was Special Duty back in 2009.
County Meath trainer Ger Lyons saddled his first Group 1 winner in this race a decade ago with Lightning Pearl and he saddles Juddmonte homebred SACRED BRIDGE (7/4), who is unbeaten in her four starts.
She was visually impressive on fast ground when landing a Group 3 at the Curragh last month, is bred for a mile and more than deserves her seat at the top table.
SANDRINE (9/2) won the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot on her second start and followed up on the July Course in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge before being touched off by ZAIN CLAUDETTE (9/2) in the Lowther at York last time. She may be able to turn the tables with a better start.
CORAZON (10/1) has a little bit to find at this level, but Naas maiden winner TENEBRISM (12/1) is unexposed after one run and hails from the Aidan O’Brien yard that has won this three times in the last five renewals.
3.00 NEWMARKET – Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes
This 6f Group 1 contest has a rich history and has been won in the past by top future sprinters such as Oasis Dream and Dutch Art. Subsequent Classic winners such as Brigadier Gerard and Known Fact rarely come out of this race – Rodrigo de Triano was the last to win this and go on to land the 2000 Guineas the following season (1991-92).
Royal Ascot’s Norfolk Stakes winner PERFECT POWER (7/4) (pictured above, right) showed plenty of improvement to win the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville last time and Richard Fahey’s Ardad colt sets a good standard.
DR ZEMPF (5/1) and CASTLE STAR (15/2) were runner-up and fourth respectively to Ebro River in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh and while that form is solid, the Prix Morny form is arguably a little better and ASYMMETRIC (15/2) is not out of it on his fourth-place finish there.
Neither is ARMOR (9/1), who was favourite for that Deauville race and despite being unsuited by the way the race was run, was not beaten far. That was a strong renewal, too.
3.40 NEWMARKET – Cambridgeshire Stakes
This 1m 1f cavalry charge is one of the big betting handicaps of the year and a maximum field of 35 is set to face the judge.
All of the last five winners came out of stalls higher than 20 and seven of the past nine Cambridgeshire Handicap winners were three-year-olds.
UNCLE BRYN (13/2) was in the Derby reckoning early in the season, bounced back impressively in an Ascot handicap last time and the Gosden team’s representative has attracted plenty of support. He is drawn in stall 30.
John and Thady Gosden also saddle MAGICAL MORNING (7/1), who needed the run in the Royal Hunt Cup after a long lay-off, but won with ease in the Coral Challenge on Eclipse day at Sandown last time. Going up in trip should only suit him.
ASTRO KING (8/1), trained by Sir Michael Stoute, meets Magical Morning on 2lb better terms for a length beating at York, while CHICHESTER (12/1) runs off a mark of 91, yet has an official mark of 100, so looks thrown in with Hollie Doyle booked to ride.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication