New Year’s Night can land Rosebery Stakes

The 2.50 at Kempton on Saturday is the Rosebery Stakes over a mile and three furlongs with 12 runners set to go to post. New Year’s Night The probable favourite here is Charlie Appleby’s New Year’s Night, a four-year-old by Raven’s Pass out of a Galileo mare. The gelding has shown progressive form in handicaps already this spring, winning at Wolverhampton and Lingfield. He was runner-up at the Midlands track in… Read More »

Romsdal to make class tell in Magnolia Stakes

As well as the new turf flat season opening at Doncaster on Saturday, there is also a good quality card on the all-weather at Kempton. Romsdal The Listed Magnolia Stakes at 2.15 is a mile and a quarter contest for four-year-olds and upwards. The favourite here is Romsdal, a son of Halling out of Pure Song by Singspiel. He made his racecourse debut on the corresponding weekend last year, finishing… Read More »

Donny Rover the value bet in Spring Mile

The Betway Spring Mile at Doncaster on Saturday is the compensation race for those horses which missed the cut for the Lincoln Handicap. It also provides punters with a few clues as to how the draw is likely to affect the outcome of the big race. Buckstay Connections of Buckstay must be doubly disappointed having missed out on the Lincoln and drawn stall one here. The general consensus is that… Read More »

Naadirr to strike for Botti in Cammidge Trophy

The 2.35 at Doncaster on Saturday is the Listed Cammidge Trophy over six furlongs, restricted to horses that have not won at Group 1 or Group 2 level after 2013. Jack Dexter Jim Goldie’s Jack Dexter is top on official ratings after finishing a close third in the Group 2 British Champions Sprint at Ascot in October. The main worry for his supporters is that the ground appears to be… Read More »

Tullius the form horse in Doncaster Mile

The new flat turf season gets under way at Doncaster on Saturday with an eight-race card starting at 1.25. Tullius The 2.00 is the Listed Doncaster Mile with a field of five runners. The odds-on favourite is the Andrew Balding-trained Tullius who has 8lbs in hand of his rivals on official ratings. The seven-year-old is a son of Le Vie Dei Colori out of Whipped Cream by Kingmambo. He was… Read More »

Epiphaneia targets Dubai World Cup glory

The Dubai World Cup reverts to a dirt surface this weekend after five years on Tapeta and American raiders dominate the betting. California Chrome There had been a gradual decline in runners from the USA until they boycotted the race altogether in 2014. The decision to change to a dirt track was primarily to revive American interest in the world’s richest horse race and it seems to have paid off.… Read More »

Harp aims to star for Japan in Sheema Classic

The race preceding the Dubai World Cup is the Sheema Classic, a Group 1 mile and a half contest on turf. Harp Star There is a competitive market for this race with three horses vying for favouritism. Harp Star is the big hope of Japan despite being beaten at odds on in Kyoto last month. The four-year-old daughter of Deep Impact was fancied to run well in the Prix de… Read More »

Secret Circle targets Golden Shaheen glory

The Golden Shaheen is the second of five consecutive Group 1 races at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night on Saturday. Secret Circle The probable favourite here is the American raider Secret Circle, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Victor Espinoza. The six-year-old son of Eddington has not won since 2013 but all of his best form has been over this trip of six furlongs. He was runner-up to… Read More »

Peniaphobia tops Al Quoz Sprint market

The 2.30 race on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup card is the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint over five furlongs on turf. Peniaphobia The early favourite is the four-year-old gelding Peniaphobia, a son of Dandy Man out of a mare by Great Commotion. The name means a fear of poverty but the horse has more than paid for his keep. He was trained by Richard Fahey as a two-year-old and won… Read More »