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Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group One)

  • 14:55
  • Newmarket
6f

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A race won by many of the top sprinting sires on the current scene over the past fifteen years, surprisingly though it has only gone back to Ballydoyle four times in this century, a low return given their usual domination of the Group scene for juveniles. A six furlong Group 1 for colts, our expert preview for the 2017 Middle Park Stakes is below.

IN SUMMARY: The marked improvement of SANDS OF MALI has been a joy to watch, winning on his second start before a dominant victory in the Gimcrack Stakes when last seen. Further improvement is likely and he will be very tough to catch off the front under Paul Hanagan, whose enjoying a great time of things recently. The dangers are headed up by Sioux Nation, who won a Group 1 at the Curragh last time, just fending off Beckford and there won’t be much between them once again.

1 BECKFORD – Has finished runner-up in two Group 1s the last twice, the first of those behind Sioux Nation who found his stride much quicker. He didn’t stay the seven as expected when last seen and will be happier at this distance, though he has work to do with Sioux Nation. Likely to be involved and is considered.

2 CARDSHARP – One of the more experienced runners in the field who finished third in the Gimcrack on his latest start. A turnaround with Sands Of Mail would be hugely surprising and he has a few pounds to find with the principles. Likely to fall short here.

3 DANZAN – Son of Lawman who has plenty to find on the figures, held on his only Group venture thus far and his second in a sales race at Doncaster isn’t enough here. Needs plenty of improvement to be involved.

4 DECLARATIONOFPEAVE – One of Aidan O’Brien’s unlikely winners, proving inconsistent and his latest seventh behind both Sioux Nation and Beckford was no more than fair. Ryan Moore understandably keeps the partnership with Sioux Nation and he can only be watched.

5 FLEET REVIEW – Won a competitive race at the Curragh in August for Aidan O’Brien but he was well held when upped into a Group 3 on his latest start, leaving him with plenty to prove here. He’ll be happier at six furlongs but it’s hard to recommend him.

6 FROZEN ANGEL – Had been running well in pattern company this summer, only half a length behind Unfortunately at Maisons-Laffitte in July, but he was well behind Sands Of Mali in the Gimcrack. Hard to dismiss as he could bounce back but he’s obviously risky and could only be touted for minor each way claims.

7 HEY JONESY – Has shown marked improvement for his racing, producing a career best on his third start to finish third in a valuable race at York. He raced on the wrong side that day and although this is a tough ask, further improvement couldn’t be discounted. Interesting contender and he’d be no surprise in the placings.

8 RAJASINGHE – Won his first two starts for Richard Spencer, winning the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on his second run. He was slightly below form when third behind Cardsharp since and this trip looks too sharp for him at this stage of his career. Will need a very strong pace to feature.

9 SANDS OF MALI – Has been improving at a frightening rate, winning his second start before a dominant victory in the Gimcrack on only his third start. He made all that day but he can also take a lead and with sizeable improvement still probable, he should be very tough to beat for in form connections.

10 SIOUX NATION – Leading Aidan O’Brien hope who won the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot before defeating Beckford to win the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. A similar effort will give him leading claims, but there have to be question marks about the cut in the ground. Ryan Moore retains the partnership but he has risks attached.

11 UNFORTUNATELY – Building into a smart colt for Karl Burke, winning a Group 2 at Maisons-Laffitte two starts ago before a Group 1 win when taking the Prix Morny on his latest start. That form sets the standard and he’s the highest rated, so is an obvious key player and is respected.

12 US NAVY FLAG – Second string for Aidan O’Brien who was behind Sioux Nation and Beckford two starts ago but he has improved since, winning a Group 3 impressively. Ryan Moore sides with Sioux Nation, but she couldn’t be dismissed with any confidence and is considered.