Along with Shergar Cup Day, there is some quality action at Newmarket and Haydock on Saturday afternoon, with a pair of Group 3 races and a Listed contest to boot....
This Listed contest has been won by some smart fillies in recent years, but this year looks to be a particularly strong renewal of the race. Ed Walker’s AGROTERA was backed like a handicap certainty in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot and she duly obliged under a confident Jamie Spencer ride. She could be a Group class filly in the making, but this is a big step up. Having said that, the Mastercraftsman filly is the one they all have to beat.
William Haggas has won two of the last four renewals of the Dick Hern and if there is some value against the Jolly, it could well be his Teofilo filly DYNAMIC, who only has an official rating of 91, but has been running in some quality races. She fluffed her lines when going off at 13/8f at Newmarket last time out, but this could be a race she takes well to and if she can produce a season’s best under Joe Fanning, she won’t be far away.
3yo horses take up the bulk of the market for this 1m Group 3 race and it’s unsurprising, given they get 8lb from the older horses. Owen Burrows’ Elwazir is progressing nicely and won well at Ascot last time out. Although respected her, he is rather a short price at around 7/4 and Sir Michael Stoute’s ZAAKI looks to have the better rounded form & speed figures, along with being the bigger price of the market leading pair.
Mark Johnston won this race last year and his Communique arrives in dangerous form and indeed insearch of a hat-trick. A bold bid from him would be no surprise, but one or two others may have more class.
This is a cracking little contest. It’s a shame we don’t have three E/w places, but ZAAKI just gets the nod ahead of Elwazir.
LA PELOSA and Main Edition once again lock horns here, having battled it out in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Both horses have disappointed to some extent since, but Main Edition was particularly out of sorts last time out here. With that in mind, Charlie Appleby’s filly has a great opportunity to reverse those Ascot placings.
At double figure odds, Roger Varian’s IMPULSION could raise an eyebrow or two. She comes here on her fourth career start and her speed figures have been steadily improving. Another step forward here and she could make her presence felt, but again we have unfavourable each-way terms.
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