Snap up the Guineas value
Man On The Spot previews Sunday's televised action from Newmarket and Salisbury.
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1405 Newmarket - Qipco Supporting British Racing Stakes
This ultra-competitive handicap provides a cracking start to the final day of the Guineas meeting and few can be dismissed out of hand. Sir John Hawkwood looked ready for a step up in distance when staying on late over 1m2f at Newbury in October but Mubaraza and No Heretic are dropped in trip. Fennell Bay got back to winning ways at Beverley and is only 3lb higher while Rawaki won on his final start of last year and seems oblivious to ground conditions. STENCIVE was only beaten a neck by Azheemah in a similar contest at Ascot in September and had Silver Lime, Fennell Bay and Opinion behind. He's 5lb higher on his return but could still confirm the form and gets the vote ahead of the consistent Willie Wag Tail.
1420 Salisbury - Betfred 'City Bowl' Handicap
Mawaqeet's second to Sir Graham Wade at Goodwood in August is strong form and he's sure to be popular eased in grade here. Al Saham is lightly raced while Sun Central, Lady Rosamunde and Castilo Del Diablo all did well last year. Scatter Dice made a promising reappearance at Epsom but SEASIDE SIZZLER looked a reformed character when out-battling De Riguer over 2m at Kempton and, despite a 4lb rise in the weights, is still well handicapped. He can score again as Ascendant's victory at Lingfield probably doesn't amount to much. The Betchworth Kid is a grand servant to connections but is a shade high in the weights.
1435 Newmarket - Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes
Chigun beat Thistle Bird by a neck with Dank back in fifth in a Listed race over a mile here in the autumn but Roger Charlton's mare is 4lb better off with the winner today and should turn the tables. But the class act looks to be SHIROCCO STAR, who was second in last year's Investec Oaks and Irish Oaks and was also placed at Royal Ascot and in the Group 2 Prix de Royallieu at Longchamp. The drop in distance isn't ideal and very fast ground would be a worry but she deserves to get her head back in front. Semayyel was behind the selection at Ascot in October and neither Bana Wu nor Boonga Roogeta, who was engaged to run here yesterday, look good enough.
1510 Newmarket - Timeform 'European Champion Two-Year-Old' - Harbour Watch Handicap
Hitchens went close dropped into this grade at Doncaster last month, splitting Shropshire and Hamza in the process. He could come out best of that trio at the weights today but is still giving away a lot of weight to his rivals. Poole Harbour was only beaten a nose at Windsor on his reappearance but the lack of a recent outing may count against Gabriel's Lad and Goldream at this level and Amadeus Wolfe Tone finished last at Kempton on his comeback. LADYSHIP has done little wrong to date and it may be significant that Sir Michael Stoute has kept her in training as a four-year-old. She's only won a Leicester maiden so far but found only the useful Hezmah too good over track and trip in September and may be capable of further improvement so gets the nod.
1550 Newmarket - Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes
Maureen beat Agent Allison in the Fred Darling at Newbury but finished behind Winning Express in the Cheveley Park here last year and stable jockey Richard Hughes prefers last year's Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Sky Lantern. Along with Winning Express, she was no match for the unbeaten HOT SNAP in the Nell Gwynn, however, and the daughter of Pivotal can land yet another classic for Sir Henry Cecil with that run under her belt. She has more scope than recent Maisons-Lafitte winner What A Name, though the French filly deserves respect on her second to Olympic Glory in the Grand Criterium in October. The Ballydoyle pair, Moth and Snow Queen, both have a bit to find but fellow Irish raider Rasmeyaa should improve and may be worth following this year. She's preferred to Just The Judge and Fillies' Mile second Roz.