Saturday’s TV Tips: Shadwell star to shine at Newmarket

Elarqam winning at Newmarket Racecourse

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1.50 Goodwood

WILDERNESS GIRL made a promising debut when fourth at Newmarket last month and took a step forward to win a maiden over this course and distance 19 days later. Backed into favouritism that day, Andrew Balding’s youngster was always well positioned and had little trouble seeing off Brazilian Beach when William Buick asked for an effort. That previous experience of this unconventional track could be key.

2.25 Goodwood

ARATUS had to settle for second on his debut last summer but is unbeaten in three subsequent outings, including his recent handicap debut at Newbury. He was value for more than the official winning distance of half a length there, because he was well on top until Sunset Bay closed in the dying strides, so a 4lb rise in the weights looks very reasonable.

2.45 Newmarket

Shadwell have two outstanding contenders in this race, the pick being the Owen Burrows-trained TABDEED. He hasn’t been the easiest to train but has shown some smart form during his career, including at Newbury last time out when he was beaten a neck in a Group 3 behind a pair of three-year-olds who were carrying a lot less weight. That form sets the standard in this company.

3.00 Goodwood

NAGANO won two novice contests in May and continued his progress in a pair of 1m4f handicaps, finishing a close sixth at Royal Ascot before winning a valuable contest here last month. He showed plenty of stamina to win that day, coming with a strong run down the outside of the field and finding enough to hold off Siskany. He has more to offer stepping up to 1m6f in this Group 3.

3.15 Beverley

The Nunthorpe proved too tough for DAKOTA GOLD but he can make the most of this drop in grade.
He has yet to hit top form in 2021 but it was a similar story heading into this 12 months ago and he burst back to form in style, beating Last Empire by more than a length. He would be racing on less favourable terms if this was a handicap.

3.35 Goodwood

This looks wide open, but PEROTTO is an interesting each-way option. He suffered a troubled run when fourth over this course and distance in July and probably ran better than ever in a Salisbury Group 3 last time out, going down by only a length. Marcus Tregoning’s gelding will appreciate returning to this less testing track, where he has won twice before.

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