Newmarket 3 Day Cambridgeshire Meeting
Thursday, September 24th
It paid to race prominently throughout the three days because it was very hard to make up ground from the back.
This race lacked the strength and depth we are usually accustomed to. Roger Varian’s Royal Champion made a perfect start to his career by winning on debut. He was slow out of the stalls, but he soon made up the lost ground. I liked the way he quickened once hitting the rising ground to win quite comfortably.
Toromona who finished second on debut looked in good shape and was well placed from the off. Once he came under pressure with 2 furlongs to go he found very little towards the winning post.
The sizeable Noman looked pretty straight for his first start and I thought he shaped well in third. This was a decent start to his career and he should take a step forward.
Vitruve, this great colt by Toronado looked in need of the run and he ran green throughout. As he approached the dip he lost his action, but once balanced he stayed on well to finish fourth.
Albert Camus is not much to look at and I thought he did too much from the start.
This was not a strong running of this event, but I like the way the winner La Barrosa came out on top. This good looking juvenile has a quality look about him, but he was stuck in a pocket and he became unbalanced in the dip. To his credit he found a way to win dirty. I am sure with a clear passage he would have been a more comfortable winner.
The sizeable Dark Lion looked well after a busy season. Qaader looked well, but has not grown throughout the season. Yazaman is starting to look a difficult ride and he stumbled once crossing the line.
Friday September 25th
The runners had to contend with a strong tailwind which dried the ground out throughout the day.
The juveniles came in all shapes and sizes for this event which saw Rainbow Fire come out on top. This compact colt by Kodiac used his experience to good effect because he raced on the far side and when he was asked to quicken the response was immediate which saw him keep on well all the way to the line.
Roscioli, this leggy colt looked fine/well and was always to the fore throughout. He came under pressure with 2 furlongs to go and he responded all the way to the line. I think this race would have taught him a great deal.
Crossford had taken a step forward since his debut 14 days ago, but you could see this colt by Dawn Approach was struggling with the ground throughout the contest.
Quintillus who was sent off favourite is not the biggest in terms of stature and the way he performed suggested the experience was needed.
Only four runners turned up for this race and I think Alpinista should have won. Ryan Tate was unfortunate to be caught out when the winner quickened on the outside which caught his mount flat footed. She did all she could to try and claw back the deficit, but the line came in time for the winner.
Antonia De Vega looked in rude health and Harry Bentley rode a canny race. He kicked at the 2 furlong marker which caught his opponents on the hop and even though she was tiring she had enough left to seal victory. The trainer has hinted that he may go to the Fillies’ And Mares on Champions day.
Isabella Giles, this daughter of Belardo looked in rude health and added this Group 2 to her CV. Always up with the pace she quickened and held her opponents towards the line. I take nothing away from Clive Cox’s filly, but I do not think this was a very strong renewal.
The lightly made Nazuna looked in good shape and ran the race of her life to gain some black type.
Alba Rose is leggy in appearance and looked very fit. She was a touch keen to start with and was easily brushed aside in the end.
Monday has plenty of size and scope, but it looked as if she didn’t go from the moment the stalls opened because she was keen and was beaten before the race took shape.
This year’s 2000 Guineas winner Kameko recorded his second win of the season. Looking at this colt by Kitten’s Joy you could tell that he had been dining at the top table because he looked in tremendous shape. Placed in mid field he looked to be in trouble with 4 furlongs to go, but his class told in the end which saw him surge to the front and he had enough to hold off the second. He could go to Ascot next month, but I think the Breeders Cup Mile would be an ideal fit.
Regal Reality looked fine and bounced back to his best by filling up the runner up spot. This five-year-old is a solid Group 2 performer.
Benbatl looked hard fit for his first start after 209 days off. As the stalls opened I felt he was always doing too much in front, but to his credit he had enough to hold on for third position.
Saturday, September 26th
This looked a below par renewal, but I thought the winner showed a fair amount of ability to win as she liked. The Jane Chapple Hyam trained Saffron Beach looked 100% fit for her first start and once she negotiated the dip she showed her rivals a clean pair of heels. It will be interesting if she can take the next step up.
Wootton Creek looked fit, but lacked body. Leading the field at a fair pace she had to be ridden along, however she responded and kept on going all the way to the line.
The leggy Nebulosa looked ready to go and even though she was keen and green I thought she created a decent impression.
The once raced Sunset Baylooked fit, but lacked quality.
Cobh looked in fantastic shape and even though he finished third I do not think he was seen at his best. Making the running on this Kodi Bear colt did not show him in his best light. He was the last horse off the bridle, but his response was minimal.
New Mandate who is not much to look at has a terrific attitude because for the third time in a row he was way too keen at the start, but he had enough left to come out on top. The trainer has hinted that he may go and contest the Breeders Cup Juvenile.
Ontario looked great, but his form is starting to look exposed.
Gear Up ran well in fourth figuring this was a step up on his York victory.
As Group 1s go I do not think this was the strongest running of this event and the fact that the first four finished in a heap may just underline the fact.
Alcohol Free who was having the third run of her life didn’t impress paddock side, but she was given a strong ride from the front. She was being challenged on both sides, but to her credit she battled all the way to the line. Physically she has a lot of growing to do so I do not see a reason why she will not make up in to a decent three-year-old.
Miss Amulet looked grand and seemed to be in top gear from start to finish. I like the way she showed a game attitude when passed. Considering this was her seventh run of the season she comes out with plenty of credit.
Umm Kulthum who only won 7 days ago stepped up to run a lifetime best in third. There is not much of her and I wonder if she will struggle next season.
The admirable Happy Romance looked in tip top shape and just as she was coming to make her challenge she took a false step which caused her to drift to her right. She has been a credit to her connections and I see no reason why she cannot make an impact next year.
Dandalla looked terrific, but her yard is struggling for winners.
Supremacy, this colt by Mehmas did not take my eye paddock side, but that did not prevent him from capturing this Group 1. He led from start to finish and showed a good attitude when challenged. I am sure he will be a top class sprinter for next season.
The compact Lucky Vega turned up here full of himself and I thought he ran a brilliant race in second. I just wonder if he is more of a sprinter given the way he performed.
Minzaal was probably not at his best given the way the race unfolded and I think if Jim Crowley could ride the race again he may have sat closer to the pace. Hopefully next year this colt will make a big impression in the sprinting division.
Method was unable to show his best because the saddle slipped.
Star performance of the week
La Barrosa, this colt by Lope De Vega looked head and shoulders above his five opponents and even though things did not go his way he found a way to finish in the number 1 spot. This gorgeous looking colt has the physique to keep on improving and hopefully we will see him in the Dewhurst next.
Horse to note
Rafiki defied his odds of 66-1 to run a cracker in third on debut in a Kempton maiden won by Secret Protector.