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Man On The Spot previews all the action on day two of the July Festival at Newmarket.
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13:20 Newmarket Piper-Heidsieck E.B.F. Fillies' Handicap 7f
Hello Glory was a little disappointing at Royal Ascot but the drop in trip might help. Perfect Step has claims on her second at Ascot in May but only beat RIOT OF COLOUR by half-a-length over this trip on the Rowley Mile course here earlier and Ralph Beckett's filly is 4lb better off now, despite winning at Salisbury last month. The latter gets the nod though the consistent Tartiflette should be thereabouts again and Responsive may do better in first-time blinkers. I'm So Glad looks to be in the handicapper's grip now, however, while Free Verse would also benefit from some leniency from the assessor and Roger Sez has yet to prove conclusively that she stays this far. Cardigan was pitched in at the deep end on her reappearance and should strip fitter here however.
13:50 Newmarket Betfred 'The Bonus King' Stakes
It's 10 years since a favourite took this and Coeus last year was the first winner to be returned at single-figure odds since 2004. That doesn't bode well for the chances of Sholaan, who is likely to be near the head of the market despite finding a higher mark too much at Windsor last time. He has gone up another pound since. Frankie Dettori partners Piri Wango for Ger Lyons and the Irish raider is interesting dropped in trip after finishing fifth in the Britannia at Ascot while Van Ellis returned to winning ways at Chester but was behind Piri Wango earlier and is 5lb higher now. Mince tries her luck over an extra furlong after getting outpaced in a Listed race last time while Chunky Diamond also steps up in distance but let's take a chance on REBELLIOUS GUEST. He was a decent juvenile and far from disgraced in the Jersey Stakes having failed to cope with bottomless ground on his reappearance in the Greenham at Newbury. He could start at generous odds here while Big Note is another capable of going close at a big price.
14:25 Newmarket Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes
CITY IMAGE took a while to get organised in a Listed race over C&D last month but was well on top of Sandreamer at the line. She's still on the upgrade and can take the step up in class in her stride to keep her unbeaten record intact. Agent Allison has to be a danger on her second to the impressive Newfangled in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and she should again beat third Premier Steps. Unbeaten Irish filly Sendmylovetorose is also respected having beaten the strongly-fancied True Verdict in a Group 3 at The Curragh on her second start while Lovely Pass was third in the Chesham, though that was over 7f and the form doesn't look that strong. Jadanna won at Pontefact and Beverley before finishing fifth in the Queen Mary and should be suited by the longer trip. She looks the pick of the remainder.
15:00 Newmarket Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes
There have been some exceptional winners of the Fillies' Group 1 in recent year's Goldikova won it in 2009 and Soviet Song was successful twice earlier. Sir Henry Cecil's Timepiece landed the spoils 12 months ago and the Warren Place maestro runs the consistent Chachamaidee this year. She couldn't get past Joviality in the Windsor Forest, however, and is probably best over a fast-run 7f. Alanza's defeat of Marvada in a Group 3 at Leopardstown was franked when the runner-up won in the same grade at Naas on Wednesday but John Oxx's four-year-old has more on her plate here. GOLDEN LILAC has now won three times at the highest level after edging out the very smart Cirrus Des Aigles over 1m1f at Longchamp. A line through the second gives her the beating of Giofra and fellow French raider Siyouma has much to prove in this grade. Andre Fabre's charge is the one to beat with 1000 Guineas third Maybe looking the best of the three-year-olds.
15:35 Newmarket Weatherbys E.B.F. Maiden Stakes
AFONSO DE SOUSA was the less fancied of Ballydoyle's two runners on his debut at The Curragh but stayed on nicely in the closing stages having been outpaced at halfway. Today's better ground should help, as should the extra furlong, and the Henrythenavigator colt, who is a half-brother to Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown, has entries in all the top races. He can make his experience count here though there are a number of potentially exciting newcomers in opposition. It's interesting that Mickael Barzalona partners 200,000gns yearling Improvisation in preference to Requested, who finished third on his debut at Haydock. Likewise, Hanagan rides John Gosden's Ghurair instead of the experienced Khudoua while it could be worth keeping an eye on Abraq, Country Western and Mirsaale for future reference.
16:10 Newmarket EquineFx.com Maiden Stakes
Stencive ran in a Listed race on the Rowley Mile course in May but was beaten at odds-on back in a maiden at Ripon last month and may find a couple of these have more scope. Mahmood Al Zarooni holds a strong hand with the once-raced pair MARSHGATE LANE and Nottingham second Ruwaiyan and it's the former that gets the vote as he was only beaten a neck by Touch Gold on his debut over a mile here last month and the winner went on to win a competitive handicap at Yarmouth by five lengths. The extra distance shouldn't be a problem. Awake My Soul can build on his C&D second and shouldn't be far away as he holds Dr Yes on that run. The latter's stablemate, Keeping Time, may need more experience while this looks a big ask for Leo Luna on debut. Filly Rose Season may be the pick of the remainder though Blazing Speed is also open to improvement.
17:20 Newmarket Newmarket Historic Home Of Racing Handicap
Ariyfa was due to run yesterday at Doncaster while Barwick looks to be in the handicapper's grip now but there may be more to come from the lightly-raced Jawhar, second at Sandown last month, while Jack's Revenge wasn't winning out of turn at Windsor. Daruband comes here off the back of a C&D victory two weeks ago while it will be interesting to see if there's any money for the useful Voodoo Prince after a lay-off. But he has to give 14lb to HALLINGS COMET, who may have been flattered by a 10-length win on heavy ground at Chepstow but is clearly improving fast and hasn't been taken to task yet by the assessor. Presburg is another three-year-old with a decent chance in this grade.