Newmarket mud lovers to follow on Friday plus Frankel’s half-brother makes debut

Frankel winning the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot 2012

It has been raining all across Ireland and Britain all week as Storm Ciaran batters our shores and it is no surprise that some tracks have abandoned racing this week. As things stand, Newmarket might just get away with it on Friday but horses with proper mud form will need to be looked for! Adrian Wall has picked out three horses who will relish underfoot conditions.

11.45 Newmarket

Recent Redcar debut scorer Valentine Catcher will have to overcome a 6lb penalty to make it the perfect two from two which will be no easy feat in this field. Nonetheless, the colt has to be taken seriously because he won on heavy ground that day and we already know that he will handle it! That alone gives him a solid chance of following up against some debutants.

12.50 Newmarket

It is a surprise to see Adaay In Devon open up such a big price considering the filly is a perfect two from two on heavy ground and will have her ideal conditions again. She has been very cleverly campaigned by connections this year and although this is a big step up in class, she will go through the mud like a knife through butter.

1.25 Newmarket

Hamish has been gifted a golden opportunity in what looks a very winnable renewal of the Group 3 St Simon Stakes. Proven on heavy ground when winning the Ormonde Stakes at Chester in May, he bolted up on soft at Glorious Goodwood when last seen and has race conditions to suit.

Horse to Watch

Frankel’s half-brother Kikkuli is set to make his debut in the opener for trainers Harry & Roger Charlton. Sporting the famous Juddmonte colours, this impeccably bred Kingman colt, whose dam is Kind, has an extremely attractive profile and this race will be well worth watching for clues.

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