SDS Sat: Newmarket Preview

The obvious place to start this week is last Saturday’s Ayr Gold Cup where everything clicked for Bielsa. Despite the fact that I had to watch from home I was delighted for the King Power team and at last he is beginning to show himself as the horse we thought he might be. As for me, it’s been a quiet week at home with plenty of babysitting. I’ve kept myself fit with plenty of riding out and it will be hard again watching Saturday’s Cambridgeshire from the sofa at home. Anyway, I’m looking forward to my suspension coming to an end and getting back to riding next week. In the meantime, here are my thoughts on the King Power horses and Saturday’s big races…




King Power introduce Love You Grandpa, a daughter of Frankel, in the opening fillies’ maiden. If I’m honest I don’t know too much about her, but she is in very good hands on her debut as Ryan Moore rides. Obviously, we hope she will take after her father, and one thing for certain is she will improve on this first start. Oheka caught the eye on her debut and may be tough to beat with a run under her belt.

1.50pm (Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes)

Only the seven runners, but the Royal Lodge looks a really good race. I was really taken by Coroebus on his debut and despite being the most inexperienced in the field, he gets the vote. He will step forward again from that first start and the faster the ground the better. Masekela looks the danger as he won well at Newbury last time and the runner-up that day has won since.

2.25pm (Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes)

The first of the Group 1’s is the Cheveley Park Stakes and it looks the race of the day. Sacred Bridge (pictured below) comes over from Ireland with a huge reputation and is unbeaten. However, I prefer the Andrew Balding filly Sandrine who wasn’t quite at her best last time and may just bounce back here.

3.00pm (Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes)

This time it’s the turn of the colts in the Juddmonte Middle Park and again it looks a good match up between the home team and the Irish. The likes of Dr Zempf, HMS Endeavour, Castle Star and Twilight Jet fly the flag for Ireland, but they have their work cut out to beat Perfect Power. He continues to improve and landed the Group 1 Prix Morny last time. Christophe Soumillon keeps the ride and the pair may take some stopping.

FANTASTIC FOX and GOOD BIRTHDAY – 3.40pm (Cambridgeshire Handicap)

King Power run both Fantastic Fox and Good Birthday in the wide-open 35-runner Cambridgeshire Handicap and both hold chances. Good Birthday is better than he showed at York last time and the faster they go, the better his chances. He finished eighth in this 12 months ago and can show up well again. Fantastic Fox is a colt we have always liked and was too keen to do himself justice at Ascot last time. The bigger field should help him settle although it will be hard reversing the form with Uncle Bryn who looked smart that day.

Good luck,