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Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes (Group 3)
Cornwallis Stakes tips for Friday’s Group 3 race at Newmarket. A field of twelve go to post for the first race of the day at Newmarket and on ITV on Friday. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: Sound And Silence has won four times this season and has leading claims if repeating his win at Masons-Laffitte on his latest start. Preference is for PURSUING THE DREAM, who hasn’t been the most consistent of horses but she won a Listed race at Deauville two starts ago. She wasn’t disgraced in the face of a tough task at Doncaster on her latest start and back into calmer waters, she can take victory here for Jamie Osbourne.
1 SOUND AND SILENCE – Four wins this season for Charlie Appleby’s Godolphin inmate, winning the Prix Eclipse at Maisons-Laffitte on his latest start. He won readily and has won over course and distance in the past, so he’s a leading contender as he’s ground versatile.
2 ABEL HANDY – Only four runs thus far for Declan Carroll, winning two starts ago at Thirsk in a Novice race before finishing half a length behind Sound And Silence when last seen. He doesn’t have much to find and is progressive, so has to be considered a leading contender.
3 BATTLE OF JERICHO – Irish raider for Aidan O’Brien who has shown progressive form in four runs, finishing second in a Listed race at Dundalk when last seen. That was his first run for a while so he may have needed it but he does need more here. Each way player back on the turf.
4 MOKAATIL – Inconsistent sort who has three lengths to find with Sound And Silence on their Windsor Castle Stakes running. His last two runs have been far from impressive and others look to have more pressing claims here.
5 SPOOF – Rated twenty-seven pounds inferior to the top-rated Sound And Silence and he was last seen finishing a well beaten seventh in a Doncaster Group 2. This is no easier and he makes no appeal at this level.
6 TO WAFIJ – Ran well to finish third in the Molecomb at Glorious Goodwood in August, though he was hugely disappointing behind Sound And Silence at York three weeks later. He remains with potential and could bounce back, but can only be given each way claims on better ground.
7 ANGEL FORCE – Not beaten too far by both Sound And Silence and Abel Handy at York two starts ago, but she could only manage fifth in handicap company when last seen. Plenty more needed here and she couldn’t be recommended.
8 MRS GALLAGHER – Useful filly who was seventh at Salisbury in a Group 3 when last seen, not beaten far after a poor start. She pulled too hard that day and if settling better she couldn’t be discounted for each way purposes back at this level.
9 NEOLA – Has some useful form on the table for Mick Channon but she’s never quite cut it at pattern level, well beaten in a Group 2 on her latest group venture. Needs far more to be featuring here and she’s unlikely to be good enough.
10 PURSUING THE DREAM – Very inconsistent form for Jamie Osbourne but she was a very good winner of a Listed race at Deauville two starts ago. She kept on well after being outpaced in a tough race on her latest start and in calmer waters, she can return to winning ways.
11 SANKARI ROYALE – Another from Ireland who finished second in a Newbury Listed race two starts ago, though her fourth when last seen was a step backwards. A drop back in trip should suit, though she certainly needs more and would prefer softer ground.
12 YOLO STAR – Looks to be the first string for the Murtagh team, winning her latest start at Naas in Nursery company readily. This is a big step up in grade but she’s firmly unexposed and couldn’t be entirely dismissed. One to watch in the market.