Day 1 has arrived for the Dubai Future Champions Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. A full slate of top two year olds are set to do battle, highlighted by the Group One Fillies Mile. A talented group of young fillies will all be attempting to knock off the dominant Inspiral, who rolled home in the GII May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and looks to continue her undefeated season so far. She will be challenged by the likes of Magical Lagoon for Jessica Harrington, Aidan O’Brien’s Concert Hall and of course Wild Beauty, the extremely impressive heroine of the Grade One Natalma Stakes at Woodbine.
Newmarket – First Post: 8:15 AM ET
Race 1: 6-4-3
Race 2: 2-12-9 (GIII Cornwallis Stakes)
Race 3: 5-1-10 (GIII Oh So Sharp Stakes)
Race 4: 5-4-7 (GII Challenge Stakes)
Race 5: 5-4-7 (GI Fillies Mile)
Race 6: 8-2-1 (Old Rowley Handicap)
Race 7: 13-9-12
Race 2 – #12 – Princess Shabnam – Has good form on good to soft ground and put together a nice effort a few back over course and distance in a class 2 maiden. This step up to stakes company will be a challenge, however this is not the strongest field outside of the favorite Hierarchy who I would not go against here. Use Princess Shabnam underneath at a really nice price to improve off of that novice win LTO.
Race 3 – #5 – Good American – Really impressed with this debut runner first up at Salisbury. Dominated throughout the contest and is an obvious choice to step up to this class today. Frankie Dettori teams up with Ralph Beckett on this two year old daughter of American Pharoah, a jockey trainer combo that just recently produced Angel Bleu to a win in one of France’s premier 2YO contests, the GI Prix Jean Luc Lagardere.
Race 4 – #5 – Chindit – Drops back down to the 7 furlong distance after being tested in some of the top mile races this season. Has run into the likes of Poetic Flare & Palace Pier in recent starts. His LTO effort in the GII Celebration Mile he stayed on well on ground that was on the firmer side. Ground will suit better today against company that is strong but not the same level as he has seen this season.
Race 5 – #5 – Magical Lagoon – Another young performer for the Jessica Harrington yard and regular Irish stable jockey Shane Foley heads across for the ride. Got held up a bit behind the leaders in the GIII Flame of Tara Stakes but showed a strong kick in the straight to get up and win. Ground should suit and we saw lots of maturity in that last race after a lackluster debut effort. Really nice value on this progressive filly looking to continue her upward climb stepping up to Group One company. Inspiral will be tough to beat but will be very short in the market and there is value elsewhere in a talented field of 2 year old fillies.
Race 6 – #8 – Southern Voyage – Winner of 3 straight it is hard to find a handicap runner showing more steady improvement than Southern Voyage. Has stepped up both in class and distance in each recent start and seems to get better with each one, which is not surprising given he is a son of Wootton Bassett out of a Galileo mare. The top weights in here will be tough but they have to give considerable weight to this colt who I don’t think is far off from competing at that top weight level in the near future.