For some, there may be a slight distraction, in the form of a Royal Wedding bets to be had this weekend, but Nick Luck is here with the blinkers at the ready to preview all the action from Newmarket and Newbury.
Newbury 1.50- Juliet Capulet
Her penalty for the Rockfel win is offset by her sexuality allowance here, and she is finally being given a chance to do what three generations of her pedigree suggest she should be doing: running over a sprint distance. You can forget about her run in the Breeders Cup as she was drawn broad and never had a shot, but this is much more like her cup of tea and she’s got to have a big chance here under Frankie Dettori.
Newbury 2.25- Crystal Ocean
He’ll be a urgently short price, and can’t merely amble round as Raheen House and Second Step have plenty of good form under these conditions at this way, but it will be hugely disappointing if Crystal Ocean can’t win this before going on to better things. His trainer has taken it steadily enough with this pony and must have been very satisfied to find he was able to win over 1m 2fs on his seasonal debut at Sandown.
Newbury 3.00- Chief Ironside
I think the handicapper has missed him, perhaps expressed his belief that his Chester win was more a function of setting his own fractions in front. Be that as it may, he was impressive, the race was up to criterion and the time was respectable. In addition, his apparent improvement was entirely consistent with the promise he had indicated in a very strong race behind the arousing Raymond Tusk here at the beginning of the season.
Newbury 3.40- Deauville( each way)
A weird Lockinge, with loadings of runners, quite a few of comparable ability , no real standout and a few distance question mark over the market leaders. Frankly, Deauville is a very hard pony to assess these days- and might very well save a little bit for himself- but I strongly suspect he’ll get a very aggressive ride up this straight mile from his low depict. That will obviously help his stablemate Rhododendron( drawn beside him) to get a lovely draft into the race, but the selection will keep rolled at his one pace and he might just astonish a few. Deauville doesn’t much like a battle, but- ridden forward out of a competitive scenario- this might suit him perfectly. His career best by far arrived on Ascot’s straight mile last summer.
Newmarket 2.05- Department of War
Already outstayed his pedigree in a warm Nottingham maiden, and can take another step forward here for Richard Hannon and Sean Levey. I believe the manner of his victory somewhat surprised connects that day.
Newmarket 2.40- Great Prospector
There are two or three somewhat sexier forms in this race, but I’ve not been tremendously impressed by any of them and Great Prospector has some really smart two year old sort to his name. He has been gelded since his last run, and may well be able to put his superior track craft to good use.
Newmarket 3.15- Nine Below Zero
This is a really interesting runner for a good stable. He appeared a potential starring when bolting up on his first two starts before find Royal Ascot all too much. He lost the plot thereafter and hated heavy ground on his final start after a breaking at Salisbury. Now the slate has been wiped clean and he’s allowed in here off a fairly respectable mark. He opened up a massive cost and showed too much talent early last year not to be backed to small stakes.