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15:00 Newmarket

Jumbly represents some interesting connections and is impeccably well bred. She’s won impressively on both her starts and quickened up nicely, whilst conceding weight, on her last start over seven furlongs at Kempton. Moreover, she has won on good/good-to-firm ground before. However, she hasn’t not faced anything of this class yet, so that’s a question mark and so is whether she will handle the track at Newmarket. She seems smart but there’s too many question marks to be confident.

Oscula has been in decent form for connections, being placed behind some nice prospects and she has ran with credibility in France, winning a Group three and narrowly missing out on a Group two. She’s proven she can win over a straight seven furlongs, plus George Boughey has been in flying form. Additionally, William Buick is in the midst of a title challenge with Oisin Murphy, so he is an eye catching jockey booking. However, this is a tough race and she didn’t run brilliantly on her last time at Newmarket. Today might not be her day.

Majestic Glory has come into her own on her last two starts, both at Newmarket. The first being over six furlongs, which she made all and won comfortably by a length. The second was over seven furlongs, were she defeated subsequent Canadian Grade one scorer, Wild Beauty, by a length. Granted these races were on the July course, but it still slightly tips the scales in her favour. Her sectionals backed that Group three success up and everything points in her favour to carry on her fine run of form for connections.



15:35 Newmarket

I’m surprised that Pogo is a large price, given that he has won over course and distance, however that was a long time ago. He’s ran and won over Good/Good-to-Firm ground many times. He’s been placed behind many top class performers, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him run well. However, he’s yet to strike in a Group race in ten attempts and he has to concede weight to some smart performers. He could have each way claims but he’ll need a career best to win.

Benbatl is a class act. He won this race two years ago and was third to Kameko last year. He was just denied in the Celebration Mile after a year off, so he’s definitely open to improvement on that run. I’d be surprised if he didn’t run well but he does have to concede weight and he’s seven years of age. For that reason, I’m going against him.

Master Of The Seas won the Craven Stakes over course and distance early this year and was narrowly denied by Poetic Flare in the Guineas. He’s not ran since and holds entries into leading contests over a Mile, which suggest connections think he has more to give. He’s the chosen mount of William Buick, who along with his governor, Charlie Appleby, is in tip-top form. Moreover, he gains weight off some of his rivals. All this adds to his chance of making a winning return from his Guineas heartbreak.


written by Kieran McHugh


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