Baaeed may be Shadwell and Newbury’s star of the show on Saturday, but the famous blue and white silks will be carried in five other races on the card as well. We have assessed all of their chances, alongside SkyBet‘s new customer offer of £30 In Free Bets when you place any bet.
The 6f Listed Carnarvon Stakes opens Saturday’s card and Shadwell Estate’s colours are carried by two different horses.
EHRAZ represents Richard Hannon and Jim Crowley and made a satisfying reappearance in Group 3 company recently. He travelled very nicely through that contest and looked the likely winner a furlong from home. However, the winner, Go Bears Go, is a very useful horse in his own right and Ehraz faded badly late on for third.
However, having looked a significant danger, there is every chance he was simply wanting for a bit of fitness. If coming on for that run, he would be very likely to be involved in this race.
RIBHI runs for Marcus Tregoning and Dane O’Neill, but has found himself struggling a lot more this term. Two wins came from three starts at two, but he has had some tough assignments since returning behind a pair of Godolphin-bearing winners at Newmarket.
The return to 6f could do the trick for him and his rating would leave him in the reckoning if picking up his best form from 2021 once again.
Eshaada (2.10 Newbury) 10/3
One of the two Group 1 winners in this line-up, ESHAADA’s sudden improvement to take the British Champions Fillies And Mares Stakes at Ascot last autumn was startling.
That race may have ended up being much weaker than it otherwise would have with runaway Oaks heroine Snowfall clearly underperforming. However, Eshaada still showed a very willing attitude, lasting home much better than on her previous two starts.
She clearly likes Ascot, with her two best career efforts coming there within her five starts to date. However, she has already won at Newbury as well, winning the Listed Fillies’ Trial on this card a year ago.
The field for this Group 3 contest is not the strongest for the level, with fellow Group 1 scorer Scope likely better over further and on soft ground. The rest of the field probably have a bit to find with Eshaada even with her penalty taken into consideration, so long as she has improved a little from three to four.
Israr (2.45 Newbury) 4/1
In the race before Baaeed takes his chance, ISRAR represents John and Thady Gosden in the fourth different training combination for Shadwell on the day.
Unexposed after only three runs to date, the three-year-old started out racing life with a victory at Doncaster over 1m. However, he could not back that up under a penalty at Salisbury next time out.
He was given his handicap debut at Newmarket last month, running a decent race to be third when possibly not suited by the Rowley Mile’s dip. He remains on the same mark of 89 here and he is majestically bred to boot.
By star sprinter Muhaarar, he is out of Oaks and King George heroine Taghrooda. That should leave him perfectly balanced out at 1m2f and there is almost certainly more to come from him.
Mukaddamah (4.30 Newbury) 9/2
This particular Shadwell representative will have to take on an odds-on favourite, but MUKADDAMAH could be well-placed to challenge.
The daughter of New Approach won on her debut at Wolverhampton in January. Though that was in a relatively low-key contest, she did it comfortably enough in the closing stages. While that form was not so strong, her next effort was a definite improvement.
Under a winner’s penalty, she was beaten just 1¼ lengths by the debutant Grande Dame, to whom she was conceding 6lb. That horse has since gone on to be a narrow runner-up in Listed company, so it has been given a boost.
She has a very highly-regarded favourite in Nashwa to overcome here, but the step up to 1m2f could bring about some improvement.
Muraad (5.04 Newbury) 16/1
Shadwell’s silks will be carried in the final contest by a rank outsider, but MURAAD is not a no-hoper for Owen Burrows, the sixth trainer on the day to send one out for these owners.
This six-year-old may not have run for the best part of a year, but he is very lightly-raced for his age after only 11 starts. He has won two of those, including a valuable Goodwood handicap over 1m1f off just 1lb below this mark.
Muraas has struggled to make it to a racecourse too often since, racing just one more in 2020 after that Goodwood success and just twice in 2021. Those two starts brought about precious little success, as he was tailed off at both Ascot and Epsom.
However, though it is clear that something was amiss last season, he has otherwise gone well when fresh (no worse than second on other three starts after a break). If his troubles have been resolved, which is very possible given he heads here instead of into retirement, and he could well go close off this mark.
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