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Godolphin Oh So Sharp Stakes (Group 3)
Oh So Sharp Stakes tips for Friday’s Group 3 race at Newmarket. Some very useful types go to post for the 2017 renewal of this Group 3 prize. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: The confident selection is DARK ROSE ANGEL for Simon Crisford, who was only beaten by a head in the blanket finish of the May Hill at Doncaster. She has been highly progressive throughout her career and a repeat of that performance will be more than enough for her to take victory with Frankie Dettori now taking over. Gavota had to wait for a run when an unlucky third in the Rockfel and she’s not going to be far away.
1 ANNA NERIUM – Highly progressive sort for Richard Hannon, winning a maiden before storming home to win a Group 3 at Salisbury when last seen. She will be happier back up to seven furlongs and has strong each way claims.
2 ALTHYN ORDA – Second on both starts for Roger Varian, beaten by an Aidan O’Brien horse on her latest start at Newmarket. This is a very tough task for a maiden and with others achieving far more, others are readily preferred.
3 BLANCHEFLEUR – Three race maiden for Richard Hannon who finished second on her latest start in a maiden, beaten by a debutant on that occasion. This is an even tougher task and she should be outclassed.
4 BUTTERSCOTCH – Aidan O’Brien second string who raced too freely when fifth on her latest start in the Rockfel Stakes. She needs to reverse form with Gavota and Ryan Moore prefers I Can Fly, so she could only be given each way claims if settling.
5 DARK ROSE ANGEL – Won her maiden at the second attempt before losing out by a head in a blanket finish to the May Hill. A drop back to seven furlongs shouldn’t faze her and if continuing her progression, she’s going to be very hard to catch with Frankie Dettori taking over for the first time.
6 ELIZABETH BENNET – One of the more experienced runners who is yet to cut it at pattern level, last seen well beaten in the Rockfel last month. If settling better she has minor each way claims, but she’d probably need rain to show her best.
7 EXPREEISY – Both her wins thus far have come in Novice company, taking her latest start at Chelmsford comfortably despite hanging. She won’t get away with that in this company and she needs plenty of improvement to feature. Likely to miss out here with good ground an unknown.
8 GAVOTA – Won her first two starts for Roger Charlton before improving again to finishing a close third in the Rockfel last time. She didn’t have the best of passages and now pitched into an easier race, she is sure to play a key role under James Doyle.
9 HERECOMESTHESUN – Cost 140,000gns as a yearling and won on debut at Salisbury despite being easy to back, beating Blanchefleur. She won going away but needs more here and although further improvement is likely, she should come up short.
10 HIKMAA – Won her first two starts (not needing to improve to win her second) before being pipped to third by Gavota when last seen in the Rockfel. If that rival gets a clear run then a turnaround is highly unlikely, but she does have strong each way claims with a similar performance and is considered.
11 I CAN FLY – First string of Aidan O’Brien who cost 240,000gns and won easily on debut in empathic style at Dundalk. She looked a smart sort that day and will improve markedly for that experience. Ryan Moore takes the ride and she has leading claims on her turf debut, especially if the money comes.
12 JOUSI – Not being able to settle has been her demise the last twice, well beaten in the Sweet Solera before finishing second in a Conditions race when last seen. This is much tougher and she has plenty to find back on the turf. Hard to see her playing a role here.
13 ONE MINUTE – Has shown slow but steady progress, finishing a length behind Anna Nerium at Salisbury when last seen. More is required now she’s upped to seven furlongs and with others bringing much better form into the race, she should miss out here.
14 SPECIAL PURPOSE – Very good fifth in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes on only her third start before blasting home in the Dick Poole behind Anna Nerium when last seen. She’s worth a go at seven furlongs on that evidence and has strong each way claims as there is likely far more to come from her.