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3.35pm Newbury (Lockinge Stakes, Saturday) - My Prospero
We head to Newbury this weekend for the Lockinge where we could be in for a thrilling renewal. I think the value call could be the William Haggas trained MY PROSPERO who could easily get involved here.
The 4-year-old has won three of his six starts on a racecourse, and hasn’t been seen since coming third to Bay Bridge in the Champion Stakes. He has shown some very smart form over 1m - just look at his Royal Ascot run from last year. He ran a stormer when beaten a neck by Coroebus in the St James’ Palace Stakes. That form is very smart and a replication of that could easily suffice.
I am not worried about him being fired up for his seasonal reappearance - he has a great record when fresh, so if he was firing on all cylinders first time out I would be far from surprised. He goes on any ground, and the added bonus is that he is one from one over C&D - he won his maiden here comfortably.
All in all he looks the value call with the Haggas team amongst the winners lately, and the excellent Tom Marquand likely to be in the saddle.
3.35pm York (Dante Stakes, Thursday) - Epictetus
To more immediate affairs, and the Dante at York on Thursday is an absolute humdinger - you can more or less make a case for every horse in the field. It’s a race full of classy operators but looks simultaneously wide-open.
Contrary to some, I liked his comeback run of EPICTETUS at Epsom on ground that would have been plenty soft enough for him. It was his first start at 10f, and he saw out the trip well enough despite looking a little burly in the paddock and clearly in need of the outing. Better ground on the Knavesmire will be much more his bag, and I can see this son of Kingman travelling smoothly into contention here in the hands of Frankie Dettori. He gets the nod from me.
There are lots of other fascinating contenders, including Passenger, who represents last year’s winning jockey and trainer combination of Richard Kingscote and Sir Michael Stoute. The colt made everyone sit up and take note when bolting up at Newmarket last month and it will be fascinating to see how he fares upped dramatically in class.
- 3.35pm York (Dante Stakes, Thursday) - Epictetus at 9/2 Ladbrokes
- 3.35pm Newbury (Lockinge Stakes, Saturday) - My Prospero at 11/2 BetUK
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.