Friday’s Newmarket Preview, 9/23 – By Alex Sausville

Two days of Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In races from Newmarket highlighted by the GII Rockfel Stakes this Friday. A seven race card with multiple competitive stakes and the return of Godolphin’s globe trotting superstar Benbatl. A total of five stakes on the card as we continue on with Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting. Several young stars will hit the track again tomorrow with two Group Ones in the Cheveley Park Stakes and the Middle Park Stakes, as well as our other BC Win And You’re In event, the GII Royal Lodge Stakes. An exciting weekend ahead in the UK. Sit back and enjoy!

 

UK (Friday)

Newmarket – First Post: 8:15 AM ET

Race 1: 1-3

Race 2: 2-8-5 (Rosemary Stakes)

Race 3: 10-4-1 (GIII Princess Royal Stakes)

Race 4: 10-5-7 (GII Rockfel Stakes) – BC Win and You’re In – Juv. Fillies Turf

Race 5: 6-4-7 (GII Joel Stakes)

Race 6: 6-2-1 (Godolphin Stakes)

Race 7: 10-4-3

Race 2 – #2 – Don’t Tell Claire – Jumped up into a class 2 handicap and stayed on well to win. Ran extremely well over course and distance two starts back and has shown lots of improvement after just a few starts stepping up to the mile against restricted company. Rossa Ryan has been riding well and this a very live chance for him to continue that trend. 

Race 3 – #10 – Sayyida – Has had great success over both courses at Newmarket and ran okay in a recent trip to France for the GIII Prix Minerve. That was her first jump into open company and now gets back to Newmarket at a perfect distance for her to get back to winning ways. William Buick rode this horse in a Fillies Novice to start the season over course and distance for a strong victory. Has proven her class and will have no problem staying in this contest over the ground. 

Race 4 – #10 – Sunstrike – Got bounced around in the late stages of the Sweet Solera Stakes over course and distance LTO. The start prior to that was the Star Stakes at Sandown where she was defeated by two extremely smart fillies, Inspiral (Won the GII May Hill Stakes) and Wild Beauty (GI Natalma Stakes winner at Woodbine). Is great value currently at 14/1 in the market, use her with Jumbly for Roger Charlton and the favorite Majestic Glory. 

Race 6 – #6 – John Leeper – Lots of hype around this runner earlier in the season and he has been greatly disappointing. This son of Frankel will relish getting to the mile and a half distance after only one attempt and that came in the GI Cazoo Derby. Gets back to an ideal track, distance and ground at Newmarket where he impressed, albeit still very green at the time. He has matured a bit and finds a spot where he can finally show the ability he has. His dam, the great Snow Fairy, was a multiple Oaks winner and champion 3 YO Filly. Throw out the Derby and John Leeper should have a much better chance to show his staying ability at the distance.

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