The second leg of the Autumn Double features in this Saturday horse racing review with the Cesarewitch among several races in a high-quality card at Newmarket and our racing tips pick out a couple of selections.
With Pinatubo expected to start a very short-priced favourite for the Dewhurst Stakes, the main contenders for two other group races from the meeting are analysed below while a Listed event from York is also included. All four races are set to be televised on ITV.
After winning her only two starts in low-key events over one mile, Miss Yoda will step up to Group 3 company for a race covering an extra two furlongs. She has finished well in her two previous races, so should be competitive in this more demanding test.
Among a dangerous set of opponents is the Charlie Appleby trained Volkan Star who won a minor race at Goodwood by six lengths last time when a very short-priced favourite. He could improve even further for that victory as he was not extended.
There will also be some confidence in the Aidan O’Brien trained Mythical who disappointed on his racecourse debut, but was then an eight lengths winner of a maiden at Gowran Park last month.
Tip – Volkan Star to win.
This 6f Listed event for 2-year-olds has attracted the locally trained Lampang who is unbeaten in two starts and scored by five lengths in his latest appearance at Ripon. The Tim Easterby colt deserves the opportunity to compete at this higher level.
Other contenders include Stone Circle who won a decent race at the Curragh last time after finishing a close fourth in a Goodwood nursery. There is just a suggestion that reverting to 6f may not be ideal.
Cobra Eye could also be prominent after winning a 6f Class 2 event at Goodwood last time although he has not raced since late July. He was also beaten into second place by Treble Treble in his only other race with the winner re-opposing. The latter horse returns to 6f after failing at the minimum trip last time.
Tip – Lampang to Win.
Dubai Autumn Stakes – 2.55 Newmarket
After winning a maiden event at Newmarket during July on his racecourse debut, Military March returns to the track for this 1m Group 3 contest and the extra furlong should be no problem for this Godolphin trained colt.
Opposition will be provided by the John Gosden trained Cherokee Trail who is unbeaten in his two races at Ascot and Newbury, but achieved in a manner which suggests that there is much more to come. Both successes were earned on good to firm ground.
Meanwhile, Molatham has been switched to this race from the Dewhurst Stakes and he followed his second position behind Mum’s Tipple at Ascot by winning both subsequent contests. His latter success was earned at Doncaster over 7f when beating the Aidan O’Brien trained Wichita but he has yet to encounter softer conditions.
Al Suhail could also be a contender but needs to improve from his third position in Sandown’s Solario Stakes on his latest start while Persia won by five lengths last time at Galway in soft ground.
Tip – Military March to Win.
Staged over 2m2f, this Class 2 handicap is always a competitive affair and the Sir Mark Prescott trained Timoshenko will be an interesting challenger. The 4-year-old gelding won all of his five races last term and won a decent handicap at the Goodwood summer festival in his only appearance this term. Easing ground might not help, but he will not be inconvenienced by the distance.
Ranch Hand could also be a leading contender after winning his prep race over 1m6f at Haydock on soft ground. The 3-year-old was stepping into handicap company after failing at Group 3 level on this course during July and he could be a better horse over this extended extra trip.
National Hunt trainers have also earmarked this race with Willie Mullins expected to saddle Buildmeupbuttercup who was a narrow loser in a Leopardstown handicap last time. The mare had previously won a multi-runner Galway maiden and is a proven winner over two miles when campaigned over hurdles during the Winter.
There will also be representation from the Alan King yard with Who Dares Wins set to carry top weight. The 2019 Northumberland Plate winner is a versatile gelding but can be inconsistent.
One other runner to note is bottom weight and recent course and distance winner Land Of Oz trained by the shrewd Prescott. He has improved throughout a competitive season with six victories earned in handicap company.
Tip – Land Of Oz to Win.