Race Time: 2.50pm Meeting: Newmarket Distance: 6f
Full Race Name: Betway Price Blitz Stakes (Handicap) Class Two
Potentially one of the races of the day with some promising sorts lining up against those with decent form, and all three year olds as well so who knows who will improve the most or have already reached their peaks? As Terentum Star (14/1) is the one and only course and distance winner in the field, we will start with him and see if he can improve past his handicap mark of 97, a full seven pounds higher than his last win which was achieved on soft ground which he is unlikely to get today. Overall, his form is a bit in and out with a last of nine at Pontefract followed by a seventh of eight at Chelmsford before his recent win so his consistency us questionable to put it politely, and although he may well run away with this, common sense suggests he is not for us, assuming the others stand their ground. All four of our early preview selections have now been pulled out so its back to the old drawing board and maybe Mythmaker (12/1) who has won his last two races at Haydock and Newcastle, the first one comfortable and the second when eased up close to the line which has at least kept him with a useable mark of just the five pounds higher. If the ground rides fast enough which seems to be the question nationwide this weekend, he should be there or thereabouts at the business end and at the price he is certainly worthy of some serious consideration. Betting wise, all eyes (and half of the pounds) will be on Dawn’s Early Light (11/2), Tom Dascombe’s three year old son of Starspangledbanner who has won his last to races and is very much going the right way. He needs decent ground to be seen at his best hence the switch to this contest, and jockey Hayley Turner has ridden him before so no issues there, we just wonder whether he represents much value at the price?
Newmarket trainer William Haggas is a dab hand in this sort of race and he has two in here with Mubtaghaa and Roossey (9/1) with the booking of Liam Jones suggesting the last named is the preferred of the two. If we assume he needed the run on his reappearance at York then he ran a blinder at Newmarket behind runaway winner Magical Memory at odds of 14/1, which suggest he may still have needed the outing, and at big odds he is another who could yet run a bigger race than his price might suggest. Lastly, in a very tricky race, Richard Fahey sends the lightly raced Beardwood (9/1) here and he would have to be of some interest with his trainer invariably picking up a big Saturday race now and then at all sorts of odds. A lightly raced son of Dutch Art, his three racecourse visits have seen a solitary win at Pontefract last season and a third at the same venue on his reappearance but he is sure to strip a lot fitter after that race and off a rating of 88 and a mere eight stone six he could make it in to a place in this fascinating contest.