Here are my tips for Saturday at Newmarket
14.15 – Newmarket
Gospel Choir having won two group 2s when last seen on the track, is an obvious favourite for this down in grade to a listed race.
Hasn’t been seen for over a year now so that has to be a worry, as he has obviously injuries or problems. But does hold an entry in the irish st leger, so is obviously thought of in very high regard by connections.
Dubday has won group 1 races but they were in Doha. Which don’t quite have the strength in substance as group 1s here in the uk. So does carry a 3lb penalty for winning a group 1 race. Even though on official rating dubday is rated lower than gospel choir.
Gatewood looked to need his seasonal run last time. So we can let him off for that poor run. He is a high class horse in his day and won not so long back easily in france in group 3 company.
Im siding with GATEWOOD for this race as the other two have questions marks over them for me.
14.50 – Newmarket
15.25 – Newmarket
Hors de combat ran well on reappearance this year at Ascot in a listed race. Before he was well beaten in the lockinge. This represents a drop back down in grade. I think with his help up style the race will need to be run to suit him, how ever he’s a good horse on his day and this may be the perfect opportunity. Both his wins have also been here at newmarket which is a massive plus.
Code Red pulled hard last time at Epsom but still managed to land a listed race. He won well enough in the end, but wont win in group company if he pulls that hard again here. He also carries less weight as he’s a 3 yr old.
Wannabe Yours beat hors de combat in a group 3 last year. But he’s been somewhat disappointing since, he was too keen last time and hampered the start before that. So he does have excuses and definitely has the ability to win this if things fall right for him.
HORS DE COMBAT is my selection for this back at his favourite track and down in grade.