Newmarket notes: Day Two
We run through the races on day two of Newmarket's Craven meeting with a view to finding winners now and in the future.
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Below our Ben Coley has unearthed one horse to watch out for today and one horse for the future, for each of the eight races on day two of the Craven meeting.
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One for now: Lacing
It's desperately difficult to work through the field without the benefit of a market guide and in truth, this is a race to watch as there may be more than one to add to your tracker. However, a token selection is Richard Fahey's Lacing who, as a half-sister to Miss Work Of Art - who won her first three starts - and a daughter of crack sprinter Equiano makes plenty of appeal on paper with Ryan Moore up.
One for the future: Tarando
Michael Bell wouldn't be known for too many first-time out two-year-old winners and his sole juvenile runner so far was beaten a long way at Windsor. So, Thursday may not be the day for Tarando but her half-sister Hoyam went on from a promising debut to finish second in the Queen Mary on her next start.
One for now: Basem
A race which perhaps lacks the lustre of old but it's still produced some proper Group One horses even in recent times, with both Mukhadram and Harbinger passing the post in second. Basem and Famous Kid are the only two to hold Derby entries and the former gets the token vote without the benefit of a market check. He's a full brother to the yard's Grade One winner Farhh who dotted up on his debut, albeit over seven furlongs as a juvenile, and never finished outside of the first three despite contesting the very best races over a mile to 10 furlongs.
One for the future: Satellite
Again, any number to keep an eye on but William Haggas has only saddled two horses in this race in recent years - Mukhadram, who passed the post second and then won a month later before being retrospectively promoted to first, and Matrooh, who also won his next start despite being of significantly less ability. With that in mind it may pay to keep a particularly close eye on Satellite, who is from a nice staying family.
One for now: Johann Strauss
Having been beaten at odds-on twice already in what's just a four-race career, Johann Strauss has been expensive to follow thus far. However, he has plenty in his favour here and with one or two promising types in opposition, he should go off a reasonable price. Aidan O'Brien's horse is the top-rated in the field and, perhaps crucially, has the benefit of a run this season. His second in the Racing Post Trophy is the standout piece of form, this trip should unlock further improvement and he's certainly the one they all have to aim at.
One for the future: Seagull Star
Seagull Star surprised connections when winning what's usually a good maiden here last year, one in which Johann Strauss finished only fourth at a significantly shorter price. With that in mind there's a case to be made for him being the selection but a lack of a run may just find him out. Whatever the case, this beautifully-bred horse - who is said to need top-of-the-ground - has fancy entries to back up a tall reputation and is one to monitor closely.
One for now: Tropics
A race in which it should pay to tread carefully may go to Tropics, one of the most progressive sprinters in the UK last season. Dean Ivory's horse struggled to pick up having been keen on his comeback run but this better ground should help and this race has long been the target. Hamza and Es Que Love should give him a nice tow into the race and at the likely prices he's the marginal call.
One for the future: Aljamaaheer
The reason for treading carefully here is the presence of Aljamaaheer, winner of the Group Two Summer Mile last year but now dropped in trip for his reappearance. A horse who has always travelled well, it's notable that he also holds an entry in the Duke Of York Stakes, also over this distance, and were he to win well here we could be talking about a potential Diamond Jubilee favourite. He's reported to be working well and could outclass these, I'd just be reluctant to take 6/4 on what's his first try over this trip in over two years, particularly as he's been a beaten favourite on his first start in the two subsequent seasons.
One for now: Toormore
Richard Hannon bids to pick up the baton from his father and win this race for the yard for the third year running. The rookie trainer has been cautious in his pre-race comments with regards to National Stakes winner Toormore, but this colt should surely be up to the job even if not quite at concert pitch. Last year, Toronado came here to prepare for a massive task against a Guineas hot-pot and a front-running repeat is on the cards.
One for the future: Be Ready
No prizes for originality on this occasion as it's Be Ready, the clear second-favourite, who looks worthy of a place in the tracker. Saeed bin Suroor's horse is reported to have done well over the winter and his visually-impressive Listed win arguably looks better now than it did at the time, with the Hannon-trained runner-up subsequently running with great credit in Group One company at Longchamp. As short as 14/1 for the Derby, Be Ready could be a player in some of the key middle-distance contests to come.
One for now: Just The Judge
A decent bunch but they are what they are, with the potential exception of Classic winner Just The Judge who would take the world of beating if able to produce anything like her best in receipt of weight from the boys. Winner of last year's Irish 2000 Guineas having been caught close home in the English equivalent, Charlie Hills' filly has top-level form in the book and is reportedly in rude health at home. We know she goes well fresh, the extra furlong looks ideal and I'll be disappointed if she isn't good enough despite ending last year on a rather low note.
One for the future: Elkaayed
Roger Varian has always spoke highly of this horse and he looked unfortunate not to finish a good deal closer to the winner when last seen at Goodwood. It's possible he'll be able to dictate here under Paul Hanagan and, despite his breeding suggesting he wants a mile and a half, he does look travel well enough for this trip. At double-figure prices I wouldn't put you off a speculative interest but I'm keen to see how he gets on with a view to the future even if a Coronation Cup entry may be ambitious. Certainly, it's too soon to write him off even if today isn't the day.
One for now: Eastern Belle
John Gosden's filly still holds a Guineas entry and looks the clear pick of those to have run so far. It was disappointing that she failed to get off the mark having traded at the basement in-running price last year, but the horse who beat her is well-regarded and she shouldn't be long in getting off the mark. Much depends on the debutants and as well as the two mentioned below, a market move for Hadaatha - entered in the Oaks and representing a trainer who saddled the winner of this race two years ago - would look significant.
One for the future: Executrix
Sir Michael Stoute's filly is from the same family as Group One winner Echelon as well as Chic, who would also have been a top-grade winner were she not unfortunate to run into wonderful Attraction on a couple of occasions. Whether nor not this one lives up to that lofty billing remains to be seen but she's just preferred to Red Velour, another Cheveley Park filly who Jeremy Noseda evidently holds in some regard.
One for now: Top Tug
Sir Michael Stoute has had a couple of good horses beaten in this race, including Hillstar last year, but can hopefully gain some sort of compensation with Top Tug. His defeat of Toast Of New York in a Kempton maiden could hardly have worked out better and a combination of bad luck and the mile trip may have cost him on his subsequent handicap debut there. Either way, he looks the type to come into his own over this trip as a three-year-old and the yard have started the season encouragingly.
One for the future: Cloudscape
Hard to pick one here with Laugharne likely to come on for the run and do better over further, Windshear expected to come into his own this year and Volume the type of horse to progress up the ladder for Luca Cumani. However, Cloudscape just gets the vote to build on an impressive Kempton maiden win when the yard's second-string on paper. The form of that race doesn't look all that encouraging and he could be under-priced here, but with a Derby entry to his name he's a long-term prospect to keep an eye on.