ITV Racing's Oli Bell delivers a Sunday Yankee for today's Classic card at Newmarket and he's backing Soliloquy in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.
What better way to spend a Bank Holiday than with top class horse racing at Newmarket as the Classics season kicks off in style.
After the thrills and spills of the Qipco 2000 Guineas on Saturday, it is time for the fillies to take centre stage in the 1000 Guineas on Sunday.
The entire card is bristling with talent for the final day of this historic meeting, so take a look at who I’m backing in my Yankee:
1.50pm - Qatar Racing Handicap, 1m 4f
Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore will hopefully get our Sunday off to a flier with Adamant boasting strong claims to go one better than when beaten favourite at Newbury just over a fortnight ago.
The four-year-old stayed on well from the middle of the pack on that day and was unfortunate to be a neck behind Lunar Jet, who was also carrying 6lbs less.
Adamant will be a lot sharper for that run and should be well-placed to assert his class and ability on a competitive field.
He won twice as a three- year-old and I see plenty of pluses as to why he can get his new season off and running for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing.
2.20pm - Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes, 1m 1f
Moore may again be an eye-catching jockey booking on Tisbutadream, but I’m still expecting this filly to offer plenty of value in the betting market.
David Elsworth’s hope is a tough front runner, which is an attractive characteristic to have at Newmarket.
She is arguably better than her form would suggest and combining that with her experience points to better still yet to come.
This will be her seasonal reappearance and I’m expecting Tisbutadream to go well fresh.
2.55pm - longholes.com Handicap, 6f
Mr Lupton showed plenty of promise when second on his seasonal reappearance at Doncaster last month and is another that will certainly come on for that run.
He’s a course and distance winner, having convincingly taken the honours in this race 12 months ago.
On that day Richard Fahey’s five-year-old went off 3lbs higher and I think is likely to be there or thereabouts at the end of this renewal.
Mr Lupton is certainly attractively handicapped and I see no reason why he can’t successfully defend his crown.
3.35pm - Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes, 1m
I’m backing Sunday’s big race to go the way of Godolphin and the immensely talented Soliloquy, fully justifying being supplemented to enter.
The three-year-old made all to win well in a Grade 3 at Newmarket last month, when she hammered home her Guineas’ credentials in the Lanwades Stud Neil Gwyn Stakes by beating Altyn Orda by nearly two lengths.
Soliloquy is hugely progressive and after impressing twice as a two-year-old at the end of last summer before blossoming during spring training, Sunday may really be the time she hits the big time.
Trainer Charlie Appleby is a man in form, entering the weekend with a 42 per cent strike rate, and could be in for an unforgettable couple of days.