All set for some top-notch racing at Newmarket?
Newmarket plays host to a competitive seven race card on Saturday, August 16th with the first race going to post at 1.50.
The action finishes up at 5.05 with a 12 furlong handicap and with all races being nicely supported, competitive racing should be scene.
The ground looks like it’s going to be on the soft side of good, at least, after some heavy mid-week rain.
1.50 – Cheveley Park Stud Fillies´ Nursery Handicap
We start with a competitive filly’s nursery and 13 runners look set to go to post. There are plenty unexposed types in the race meaning many still hide their true ability from the handicapper.
Races like these are notoriously difficult to get a handle on and this conundrum is made worse as the most runners look set to contest soft ground for the first time.
Home Cummins, Adelasia, Sleep Dust, Mashooba and Gregoria are all still lightly-raced to figure, but a PERSUN may be able to get head in front after a good run on soft ground last time out.
2.20 – Barry Silkman Double O Seven Grey Horse Handicap
If you can get a price off any bookmaker about a grey horse winning this race than, as the saying goes, put your house on it. Chances are slim you’ll get a quote as this race is for grey horses only; quite a novelty, fun idea we feel!
Twelve grey beasts are set to line-up including last year’s winner and runner-up, Crew Cut and Light From Mars, respectively.
They’re not discounted and either is Medici Time who continues to slide down the handicap. However, preference is for Enderby Spirit, who returned to form last time out and SYRIAN PEARL with the latter just edging it given he is less exposed.
2.55 – Thames Materials Stakes
This is Newmarket’s marquee race of the day with the winner set to fetch over £31,000. As you’d expect, a competitive field have assembled and 13 go to post. Eastern Impact looks to have his work cut out from top-weight. The likes of Double Drop and Suzi’s Connoisseur remain in for, but the pair to concentrate on is Kaiulani and PENNY DROPS.
The former had some classy juvenile form, but has her first run in 359 days a Penny Drops, from the inform William Haggas yard looks a safer option. This drop to six furlongs may suit.
3.25 – Racing Welfare EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes
We haven’t got a whole pile of form to go on here. Five on the nine horses entered have yet to see the racetrack while those that have run have had just the sole start.
Richard Hannon’s Chevallier has a lovely pedigree and showed improvement on his second start, but EMIRATES AIRLINE will get the nod to right the wrong of his first run where more was expected.
3.55 – Betfair Supports Racing Welfare Handicap
Another decent contest here with the winner set to bag over £16,000. Winter Thunder will prove a tough nut to crack given his latest demolition job, but he takes on some hardened handicappers here, on a softer surface over a different trip.
There may be some each-way value to be had about FATTSOTA who is a classy horse in his own right. Soft ground won’t bother him and his last run was a step in the right direction.
4.30 – Thank You Qatar Racing Marathon Runners´ Handicap
This is a trappy looking 61-80 handicap, set to be run over seven furlongs. Twin Appeal, Dutch Art Dealer and Pactolus are the ones that stand out here. Twin Appeal is the race top-weight and may be worth taking on, in this better race, after a break.
The latter mentioned pair clashed over course and distance 29 days ago, but Pactolus now reopposes on 7lbs better terms. That should see him get closer, but Stuart Williams’ team are struggling for form and the tentative nod goes to DUCH ART DEALER.
5.05 – Jockey Club Supports Racing Welfare Handicap
We conclude with a seven-runner 12 furlong handicap and its last chance saloon to bag a winner if you’ve been having a poor day at HQ. The inform Red Runaway may struggle on this ground and we may be best served by looking at the three-year-olds in.
The Corsican and Galizzi can win races in the near future, but their keen-going ways may scupper them on soft ground and a chance is taking with bottom weight EMERAHLDZ.