Red Cadeaux best bet in TV races on opening day Newmarket July card
• Ed Dunlop runner can take the Princess of Wales’s Stakes
• Sir Prancealot can make up for Royal Ascot disappointment
The remarkable Red Cadeaux (3.00) can gain further reward on Thursday for his remarkable consistency by taking the Princess of Wales’s Goldsmiths Stakes, the highlight of the opening day of Newmarket’s July festival meeting.
Having improved throughout last season, this dependable six-year-old has managed to take further steps forward already this year, winning the Yorkshire Cup before chasing home St Nicholas Abbey in Epsom’s Coronation Cup.
He had no excuses when third to Sea Moon in Ascot’s Hardwicke Stakes last month, being perfectly positioned throughout only to find a couple of rivals just too classy in the closing stages. But he clearly holds Jakkalberry, Fiorente and Quest For Peace on that running and seemingly thrives for the sort of arduous campaign he is being given this year.
In common with so much of the best Flat racing we have seen this year, the meeting will be starting on ground softer than good but these kind of conditions have not posed a problem for Red Cadeaux in the past and he looks by far the likeliest winner despite having to give 3lb to his rivals as a penalty for winning previously at Group Two level.
1.20 Regarded as the hottest property among John Gosden’s three-year-olds at the start of the season, Shantaram has only managed one victory in a run-of-the-mill maiden – and that narrow success came at odds of 1-8. But this long-striding type will be suited by the relentless gallop that is required in this contest and confirm his standing among the staying division. Rewarded shapes as if this stiffer test of stamina will suit but his latest Group-race form doesn’t quite match up to Shantaram’s second to Main Sequence in the Lingfield Derby trial.
1.50 Richard Hughes found that his rivals had got away from him in last month’s Coventry Stakes and his high draw didn’t help the situation, butSir Prancealot wasn’t disgraced in finishing fourth behind Dawn Approach in a big field and should be more at home in this smaller field. He had looked very smart in success at Sandown previously and it is too soon to be giving up on this speedy colt. Ahern appeared to be crying out for six furlongs last time out and could prove the danger.
2.25 Always a very competitive contest and many of these runners will not yet have reached the limit of their potential. The improving Nabucco makes obvious appeal with John Gosden’s team in such good form, while Pilgrims Rest could reverse Royal Ascot form with Fennell Bay if he settles better in the early stages. But the selection narrowly goes toHajras, who was second in a particularly hot event at Haydock last time and surely has more to offer on just the fourth start of his career.
PICTURE: Newmarket restaurateur Bulent ‘Brian’ Celik (left) was shocked to discover a runaway filly had smashed into his shop window on Monday morning.
The Chris Wall-trained filly, an unraced three-year-old, had got loose at Wall’s stables on Fordham Road and returned later with minor cuts to her head and chest.
The bemused restaurateur said: “It’s a shocking thing – I know it’s Newmarket but how often does a horse run into your shop?”