Ben Linfoot looks ahead to the third and final day of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire meeting, with a trio of recommended bets.
1pt win Auditor in 2.05 Haydock at 8/1 (BetVictor, Coral, Betfred, BoyleSports)
1pt win Show Me Show Me in 2.40 Haydock at 14/1 (bet365)
1pt e.w. Bell Rock in 3.40 Newmarket at 16/1 (Paddy Power, bet365 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
The Group 2 Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes at the Curragh kicks off a high-quality eight-race programme on ITV this Saturday, with Aidan O’Brien going for an incredible 12th consecutive victory in the contest and 22nd all told.
He has two representatives this year, Continuous and ADELAIDE RIVER with the latter, a slightly more experienced horse after a couple of runs, taken to come out on top.
The son of Australia impressed on debut at Dundalk in August and then was only run out of victory late on in the Group 3 Prix des Chenes at ParisLongchamp on September 8, where Deauville winner Kubrick edged him out by a neck.
That’s the best form in this race and with the promise of more to come, over a trip that looks ideal at this stage of his career, Adelaide River looks the one who can make it 12 in a row for O’Brien.
O’Brien has a chance in the Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes over at Newmarket, too, but his Greenland will have a job on to keep tabs on Charlie Appleby’s FLYING HONOURS who can justify likely short prices.
The 108-rated son of Sea The Stars is getting better with racing and he put in a terrific performance to beat Stormbuster five-and-a-half lengths last time out in the Listed Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury.
Andrew Balding’s runner-up slammed his Haynes, Hanson & Clark rivals by a similar distance at Newbury subsequently, advertising the form in some style, and the Godolphin horse can confirm himself the smartest of prospects here.
Freddie & Martyn Meade’s AUDITOR makes plenty of appeal in the Old Boston Handicap over a mile at Haydock.
The son of Profitable has improved since moving up in distance in June and he added to a few good wins on the July Course at Newmarket with a fine effort in second in a good handicap at Newbury last time out.
He travelled well that day and only went down to the equally upwardly-mobile winner, Atrium, who has since gone in again off a 4lb higher mark in a 16-runner handicap at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting.
That’s top form and this race looks set up nicely for him to challenge late down the centre of the track under Sean Levey.
Karl Burke’s SWINGALONG looks underestimated in a super renewal of the Group 1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.
Meditate and Trillium set a good standard here, but the former is dropping back from seven furlongs, the latter is stepping up from five and there’s a chance they could be caught out by an on-point prominent racer over the six furlongs on a speed-favouring track.
Swingalong could be that horse, as she was impressive in the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes over six at York, despite her starting price of 25/1. She went with zest up front and saw it out well, shaping as though she could improve further.
There was no fluke about the performance, but she has been underestimated again at around 7/1 and she’s worth backing.
There’s some good pace on in the Lester Piggott First To Last Handicap at Haydock and that could play into the hands of Richard Fahey’s SHOW ME SHOW ME.
Night On Earth, Copper Knight, Glory Fighter and Ventura Flame can ensure a good clip and that might well give Raul Da Silva a chance coming from the back.
They didn’t go that quick in the apprentice handicap he was fifth in over the course and distance back in August, but it was a good run for all he got going too late, while he’s since gone in at Newcastle with a last-ditch victory.
That tends to be how this horse does things, but the cards could well drop right for him again this weekend and he could swoop down the middle of the track from his draw in 14 towards the stands’ rail.
Charlie Appleby’s MISCHIEF MAGIC is improving quickly and he could be the one to sink Blackbeard and Marshman in the Group 1 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes.
Those two rivals set the standard but Mischief Magic doesn’t look far behind them judging by his serene Sirenia Stakes success at Kempton where he defied a wide draw to run out a ready winner.
The runner-up, 40/1 chance Believing, franked that form when running a big second to Barefoot Angel at Ayr, so there’s every reason to treat this Exceed And Excel colt with the utmost respect.
He looks to have gears and he can travel well in behind the leaders in this before being unleashed coming out of the dip with the speedy Persian Force feared most.
A posse of UK-based trainers have targeted the Goffs Million at the Curragh but Aidan O’Brien’s HIAWATHA can ensure the bulk of the prizemoney stays in Ireland.
The Camelot colt is getting better with experience and there was loads to like about his maiden success over a mile at this track last time out, when he made all to easily see off Jim Bolger’s Fleetfoot, a Teofilo colt who had previously run subsequent Group 1 scorer Al Riffa to two lengths.
That form and proven stamina can take him a long way in this dropping back a furlong to seven and he’s taken to see off the English contingent, headed by Ed Bethell’s Oviedo.
Andrew Balding’s BELL ROCK is too well handicapped to ignore in the 29-runner bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap.
A three-time winner over the Rowley Mile, he’s won over the course and distance off a 6lb higher mark and he’s also 6lb lower than when third in this race to Majestic Dawn two years ago – he’s 23lb better off with that horse here.
He’s been a bit in and out this year, but he’s been running at tracks that don’t suit and it’s not hard to imagine this being the long-term plan from a long way out.
Last time at Doncaster over 10 furlongs he put in his best effort of the season when third to Cambridgeshire favourite Mujtaba and that should’ve put him spot on for this.
Jimi Hendrix, drawn out of things when last seen at Goodwood, should also go well from his draw towards the stands’ rail and he was second in on the shortlist, but Bell Rock gets the nod at the prices with Callum Hutchinson taking another 5lb off for good measure.
Published at 1510 BST on 23/09/22
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