Saturday’s TV Tips: Sit back and enjoy watching the best juvenile in Europe

Native Trail Superlative

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1.45 Newmarket

GOLDSPUR looked exciting when winning on his debut and he can confirm that impression in this Group 3. The son of Dubawi was sent off a strong favourite for that Sandown novice and never looked in any real danger. He got upset in the stalls and was withdrawn from a second intended outing at Epsom 11 days later but has every chance of striking again if taking the preliminaries in his stride.

2.02 York

ALOTAIBI let down favourite backers at Ascot last time out but I’m prepared to give him another chance. He did just enough to win on his debut at Newbury in August and produced a similar effort at Ascot, travelling well but finding himself anchored by a 6lb penalty close home. That form was boosted when the first and third Wanees and Hannibal Barca both won at Salisbury last week and he promises to enjoy dropping back from 7f.

2.20 Newmarket

Coroebus sets the standard in the Autumn Stakes but there are several unexposed rivals in opposition, headed by DUBAI POET. He made eye-catching late progress when fourth on his debut at Newbury in August and built on that to win a similar contest there six weeks later, pulling more than five lengths clear under Andrea Atzeni. Roger Varian’s colt looks sure to benefit from this step up to 1m.

2.37 York

Lightly raced four-year-old FAISAL gets the vote in this 1m2f handicap. He won twice on the all-weather last summer and showed that turf was no barrier to success with a third success at Windsor in May. The Gosdens’ colt lost his unbeaten record at Doncaster last month, but that was another solid effort as he was carrying 10lb more than the winner Anmaat, who franked the form with second place in the Cambridgeshire.

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2.55 Newmarket

NATIVE TRAIL made a successful debut at Sandown in June and has quickly added two Group victories, most recently landing the National Stakes at the Curragh. He briefly looked in trouble with two furlongs to go but responded well and was comfortably on top by the line. That was arguably the best effort produced by a juvenile in Europe this season and a repeat performance should be good enough.

3.15 York

JUST FRANK got upset in the stalls and was easily brushed aside in the Ayr Gold Cup last time out but he had previously looked better than ever at Thirsk, going off in front and coming home unchallenged. That was on good ground but his best efforts as a juvenile came with plenty of give, so the forecast soft surface holds no fears.

3.35 Newmarket

CALLING THE WIND has produced two good efforts in extreme stamina tests this summer and ultimately had a bit in hand at Goodwood in July, showing a good turn of foot to seal victory. A close second over an insufficient 1m4f handicap last month was an ideal pipe-opener and he would be 3lb higher in the weights if that form could be taken into account.

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