An interesting sprint as you would expect at Newmarket where they rarely have a poor race, and the line-up looks inspiring though let’s hope the rains stay away and we get the strongest possible contest.
Likeable trainer Andrew Balding is having a good season and he has Summer Chorus (13/2) in here as she looks for her fourth career win on her eleventh start. Pretty consistent recently she has finished in the first three home in her last four starts including a win on the July course here, and runs off the same mark now as when a length third to Under Siege here last month and although upped in class now she may well be able to take it in her stride in a race that has cut up at the 48 hour stage which can only increase her already obvious chances.
Continuing through the more interesting horses and Roger Varian has a lightly raced sort in here with the Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum owned Owaseyf (11/1) who has only had the four starts and could well have a lot more to offer. After winning her maiden first time out at Redcar she was forced in to handicap company straight away and hasn’t won since. After finishing fourth at Catterick, she tried to make most of the running over seven furlongs at Kempton before being caught close home by Catchment after which they tried a mile plus at Windsor when she looked a bit one paced before finishing fourth. On breeding this is not her trip and she ought to be happier over a ninth furlong perhaps, but her trainer knows her better than we do and we suspect she will be sent on from the start if the chance arises.
Meanwhile, Sweet Dragon Fly (8/1) is having a great season already and has won two of his five races, one at Bath when taking her maiden and the other last time out at Lingfield in a Class Four handicap. Steered home by the in-form Jim Crowley that day she was ridden out for a length and a quarter success from Sixties Sue while giving that rival six pounds and although she has been put up four pounds for that, trainer Paul Cole has shrewdly booked George Wood who will take five pounds off her back effectively making he a pound lower in the weights this afternoon.
To end our preview, Rae Guest is as shrewd as they come and he has recent Brighton winner Noble Act (12/1) near the bottom of the weights with Noel Garbutt booked to take three pounds off her back. Last time out she made all the running to repel all challengers for a neck success and if she tries the same tactics now she may well take some catching and won’t be easily passed inside the final furlong.