Improved display on the cards

  • By: Man On The Spot
  • Last Updated: September 27 2012, 16:41 BST

Our expert Man On The Spot previews day two of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire meeting.

Most Improved: Selected to return to form in the Joel Stakes

13.15 Sakhee Oh So Sharp Stakes

Power Of Light has bags of scope but this is a big step up in class from her Newcastle maiden win. Califante was only beaten half-a-length in a Listed contest at Salisbury last month and is the choice of Richard Hughes but Richard Hannon also runs Rayaheen, who has been quite highly tried since winning at Nottingham in June, and LIGHT UP MY LIFE.

Already a dual winner, the latter was third in the May Hill two weeks ago and that's the best form on offer here. She has the beating of Waterway Run on earlier running. Annie's Fortune should go well if reproducing her latest fourth at Goodwood while Jamesbo's Girl has won four of her last five and can't be ignored stepping out of handicap company.

13.45 Mawatheeq Rosemary Stakes

Thistle Bird looks a good starting point here as she's progressing nicely and was second in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood and successful at Haydock after giving Moone's My Name weight and a beating at Ascot in July.

Roger Charlton's four-year-old looks the best of the older fillies, though Valencha is knocking on the door again and didn't enjoy much luck in-running when third to Sunday Times in a Group 3 at Doncaster earlier this month when Libys Dream and Bonnie Brae were behind.

Dank narrowly reversed Haydock running with LADYS FIRST at Sandown last time and has the beating of the Godolphin pair Falls Of Lora and Irish History on that run but Richard Fahey's runner-up is now 3lb better off and can come out on top this time. The progressive Chigun ran away with an Ascot handicap earlier this month but faces better opposition today.

14.20 Nayef Joel Stakes

The tough Premio Loco looks sure to be a factor again here as he had Trumpet Major more than five lengths behind in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood last month, though the latter possibly didn't have the race run to suit that day and Chris Wall's eight-year-old was also some way adrift of Side Glance in the Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot earlier.

Something was clearly amiss with St James's Palace Stakes winner MOST IMPROVED in the Jacques le Marois at Deauville last time and he does appear to have two ways of running. He also has a Group 1 penalty in this but is probably the class act and is fancied to return to winning ways as Penitent, though improved this year, ideally needs more give in the ground.

Saigon has still to convince that he truly stays 1m and Fanunalter disappointed when favourite for a Group 3 in Norway last time. Tazahum and Sovereign Debt may find this too tough and Stipulate is held on all known form but that's not the case with Joviality and John Gosden's classy filly ran a blinder in the Grade 1 Beverly D in the States last month. Her poor run here previously in the Falmouth Stakes can be put down to the soft ground and she'll be a big danger to the selection.

14.55 Shadwell Fillies' Mile

CERTIFY bids to follow in the hoofprints of stablemate Lyric Of Light, who also won the May Hill at Doncaster en route to landing this 12 months ago.

Mahmood Al Zarooni's filly to look a long time to master Purr Along on Town Moor, having run a little green under pressure, but she still had more than 13 lengths to spare over Masarah and has the beating of Discernable on a line through the runner-up. Ollie Olga, who had Amazonas behind at Goodwood last month, and Roz were both due to meet the selection at Doncaster but were late withdrawals.

Both are progressive and should go well if taking up the challenge today while Winsili was probably held up too far off the pace when losing her unbeaten record behind Lovely Pass at Ascot and shouldn't be written off just yet.

15.25 Nunnery Stud E.B.F. Maiden Stakes

Several of Newmarket's more powerful yards have multiple entries in this and it may turn out to be an informative maiden. Stamford has Frankie on board and has already had the benefit of a run. He could be a better bet than Godolphin's other runner, Calculated, today.

You Da One and Savvy Chic are the only others with experience but the latter's trainer, Jeremy Noseda, has four entries including another filly, Regal Silk. Mawj Tamy, Pleasure Bent, Plutocracy and Vital Evidence all look worth noting for future reference on breeding but the pedigree of DARE TO ACHIEVE stands out in this. Willie Haggas has booked Richard Hughes for the Galileo colt's debut and he'll have to go close here to justify an entry in next month's Racing Post Trophy.

16.00 Aqlaam Godolphin Stakes

Sea Of Heartbreak was engaged in a fillies' race over C&D yesterday but would have every chance if diverted to this instead. But this doesn't look a race in which to get too heavily involved with question marks hanging over most of the runners.

Arctic Cosmos won the St Leger in 2010 and made a winning reappearance at Kempton but stopped as if shot when tailed off behind front-runner Harris Tweed at Newbury next time and was a remote last in his only other start in the Yorkshire Cup. Harris Tweed has been beaten three times since that Newbury success and has to concede weight to all of his rivals here while Proud Chieftain was probably flattered by his Doncaster win.

Dreamspeed has plenty to prove at present while Retrieve was only fourth in a handicap last time so we'll give a tentative vote to stable companion SONGCRAFT. He was giving Chiberta King 3lb when just lasting home over 1m6f at Salisbury and will be happier dropped back in trip.

16.35 Standing For Success Handicap (Silver Cambridgeshire)

Another race in which several trainers have multiple entries. Brian Ellison runs four and the consistent Christmas Light should be thereabouts again off a low weight but Jo'Burg is penalised for his win at Redcar and seems to reserve his best for that track nowadays.

He was behind stablemate Classic Colori and Michael Dod's Shamdarley when only seventh in this 12 months ago. Three-year-olds Oxford Charley, Henry Allingham and Knave Of Clubs all warrant close inspection but Switzerland may be behind Colour Guard of Mark Johnston's two runners and Flaxen Flare, representing last year's successful stable, ran poorly over 1m2f here last month.

Sam Sharp won at Leicester earlier this month and Nazreef is well treated on his all-weather form but ANOTHER FOR JOE is much improved this year and has become something of a specialist at this intermediate trip. He gets on well with Graham Lee and can post his best victory to date in this despite a further jump up the weights.

17.10 Newmarket Challenge Whip

Hayaku and C&D second Odin could both play a part here and Frankie rides the lightly-raced The Tiger for Ed Dunlop but it's probably best to concentrate on the three-year-olds. EXNING HALT looked to have made a decisive move when quickening to the front at Ripon last time but was overhauled by Narcissist inside the final furlong and had to settle for second.

Though 4lb higher here, a first win can't be that far away and he gets the vote ahead of Yarmouth fourth Incendiary. Junior Diary represents last year's winning stable and didn't fare badly when fifth at Bath after getting off the mark at Wolverhampton and Villa Royale won over 1m4f at Leicester earlier this month, though has proved a little erratic this year.


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