Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 15:19 09/10/2015
Newmarket take centre stage on Saturday with a seven-race card featuring the Group 1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at 3.10 followed by one of the big betting races of the season, the two mile two furlong Betfred Cesarewitch at 3.50, but there is also excellent action to be had on York's Knavesmire and despite a fiercely competitive field of 20 for the valuable Coral Sprint Trophy at 3.25 the Stuart Williams-trained Suzi's Connoisseur is fancied to get his head in front for the first time this season following a series of near misses.
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The four-year-old registered plenty of creditable efforts during the summer including a two and three quarter length seventh in Goodwood's Stewards Cup prior to looking a most unlucky loser of Ascot's Fly London Southend Airport Handicap when going down by just half a length to Majestic Moon after suffering interference from the winner inside the closing stages, a manoeuvre which many considered serious enough for the first two placing to be reversed.
The son of Art Connoisseur attempted to gain compensation for that narrow defeat when dropping in distance for Doncaster's Ladbrokes Portland Handicap last month but after being hampered at the start the mount of Andrea Atzeni was always fighting a losing battle over the five and a half furlong trip, finishing a staying-on three and a quarter length sixth to Steps. Frederik Tylicki takes over on Saturday afternoon and providing the horse encounters a trouble-free passage from stall 18 should take plenty of beating.
George Bowen, trained by Saturday handicap king Richard Fahey, is sure to prove popular following a narrow defeat at the hands of stablemate Tatislu in the Ayr Silver Cup while the consistent Shared Equity could go well at a big price but at the 14-1 generally available Suzi's Connoisseur is taken to gain a well deserved victory under conditions which look ideal.
1 Point each-way Suzi's Connoisseur - 14/1 Coral