It is difficult to look beyond the unbeaten Inspiral in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket on Friday.
A daughter of Frankel out of high-class mare Starscope, John and Thady Gosden’s youngster has so far lived up to her regal breeding with three dominant victories.
Maiden success on the July Course was followed by an emphatic Listed verdict in Sandown’s Star Stakes, form which has been well advertised by the subsequent top-level triumph of the runner-up Wild Beauty in Canada.
Inspiral was then sent to Doncaster for the Group 2 May Hill Stakes and once again treated her rivals with contempt – displaying an electric turn of foot in the final furlong on Town Moor to win with any amount in hand.
She is not certain to be as effective on the slower ground she will encounter on the Rowley Mile, of course, but encouragement can be taken from the fact Starscope performed well to finish second in both the 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes on an easy surface.
The brilliant Frankel has also produced several top-class performers who have proved their worth in the mud.
A few of Inspiral’s rivals still have untapped potential, but it will be a surprise if she does not make it four from four and cement her place at the top of ante-post lists for next year’s Classics.
Safe Voyage gets the vote in the preceding Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes.
John Quinn’s stable stalwart has managed just the one win from five efforts so far this term, but should at least get his ground at Newmarket.
His latest effort when fifth at York does not look too bad, given the subsequent Group 1 success of the winner Space Blues, and this looks a good opportunity for Safe Voyage to show his true colours once more.
The first Pattern race on the card is the Group 3 Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes.
Juvenile sprinters get their chance to shine in this 1000m Group 3, and Karl Burke’s Guilded may go close after running a stormer to finish fourth when a 100-1 shot for the Cheveley Park Stakes a couple of weeks ago.
The daughter of Mastercraftsman displayed plenty of early speed that day, suggesting a drop back to the minimum distance should suit.
Good American might provide Ralph Beckett and Frankie Dettori with further success in the Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes.
The pair have teamed up to enjoy multiple big-race victories this season, most recently with Angel Bleu in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in Paris last weekend.
Good American faces a step up in class on her second start, but made a big impression when dominating from the front on her Salisbury introduction, and the booking of Dettori on Friday suggests hopes are high that she can follow up.
Top-weight Mahrajaan can register a fourth successive win for William Haggas in the big race of the day at York – the £75,000 Casumo Dare To Be Different Handicap.
The American-bred gelding has not looked back since finishing third on his Newmarket bow – winning novice events at Leicester and Ripon, before proving much better than his initial handicap mark of 85 to complete the hat-trick at Hamilton.
Even a 10lb hike in the weights may not be enough to stop him going in again, with a step up in trip likely to yield further improvement.
For many Chepstow’s two-day meeting signals the start of the jumps season proper, with the Grade Two Unibet Persian War Novices’ Hurdle the main event on the opening afternoon.
Paul Nicholls has landed three of the last five renewals, so it is noteworthy he relies on Paso Doble this time around.
A decent sort on the Flat for Jim Bolger, the four-year-old finished third behind the high-class Tritonic on his jumping debut in Kempton’s Adonis Hurdle, ensuring he retained his novice status for this season.
He duly opened his account at Kempton in early May and will probably have been earmarked to make his return in this contest for a while. – www.sportinglife.com
TAB is betting on 4 UK race meetings on Friday. Here are the tips:
CHEPSTOW: Race 1: 14.00 Knappers Hill, Race 2: 14.35 Threeunderthrufive, Race 3: 15.10 Sir Ivan, Race 4: 15.45 Paso Doble, Race 5: 16.20 Casa Loupi, Race 6: 16.55 Mondora, Race 7: 17.25 On Call.
NEWMARKET: Race 1: 14.15 Queenlet, Race 2: 14.50 Guilded, Race 3: 15.25 Good American, Race 4: 16.00 Safe Voyage, Race 5: 16.35 INSPIRAL (NAP), Race 6: 17.10 Siskany, Race 7: 17.40 Freyja.
YORK: Race 1: 15.05 Korker, Race 2: 15.40 Selby’s Pride, Race 3: 16.15 Raising Sand, Race 4: 16.50 Mahrajaan, Race 5: 17.20 Digital, Race 6: 17.55 Damaar, Race 7: 18.25 Safran.
NEWCASTLE: Race 1: 17.50 Peerless Percy, Race 2: 18.20 Fonteyn, Race 3: 18.55 Debated, Race 4: 19.30 Great Hunter, Race 5: 20.00 Star Shield, Race 6: 20.30 Freedom Flyer, Race 7: 21.00 Elladora, Race 8: 21.30 Colombe.
ALL TO COME: Good American and Inspiral (Newmarket, Races 3 and 5).
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