Classic Clues Abound At Newmarket

The turf flat season finally got going today when the first day of Newmarket's Craven meeting produced plenty of clues for the future.

The turf flat season officially started on Saturday 27th March, but Newmarket’s Craven meeting is, for many, when the interest really starts.

The meeting is sure to provide many pointers for the season ahead and Coordinated Cut’s game effort in just getting the better of the Godolphin colt Ameer in the £250,000 Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy has already caused a ripple in the Derby betting.

The Montjeu colt is now a general 20/1 shot for Epsom and the 1m 4f trip should hold no fears after Jamie Spencer’s mount stayed on strongly to win today’s 1m 2f contest, when looking beat after being headed by the runner-up over a furlong out.

Trainer Michael Bell has York’s Dante Stakes as a probable Derby prep for the colt, that he describes as " Having thrived during the winter."

The last horse to win the European Free Handicap and 2000 Guineas was Mystiko back in 1991 and that is unlikely to change as winner Red Jazz can still be backed at 66/1 for the classic.

The Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes Stakes saw a good performance from Mick Channon’s Music Show.

Conceding 3lb to the field after winning a Group2 event as a juvenile, the filly settled well at the back of the field until asked to quicken at the 2f pole.

Music Show seemed to idle when hitting the front but was always holding runner-up Blue Maiden.

Third and fourth were Principal Role and Safina, both having only their second outing and sure to improve for the run.

The winner is a 10/1 shot for the 1000 Guineas with William Hill, Paddy Power and Totesport, behind french filly Special Duty at 4/1.