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14:30 Newmarket

Pennine Hills represents Joseph O’Brien’s strong stable and was last seen placing second in a Group Two, at Leopardstown, to the respectable Glounthaune. As well as other pieces of good form, another positive is that she’s ran well on good ground before. Oisin Murphy is an interesting booking and she’s open to improvement again. However, this is a harder race and there’s questions about whether she will take to the Newmarket course, especially over a fast six furlongs.

Benefit ran on well to ensure that she made it two wins out of two, last time out at Leicester. Both her two races were over six furlongs so there’s no questions asked there. Moreover, Ryan Moore now takes the ride. She seems a promising filly and is open to vast amounts of improvement but she will have to overcome a tough rival to do so.

Desert Dreamer has the best form in this race, hands down. She’s won at Newmarket twice this season, the second being over six furlongs, and she has no problem with the good ground. Since then, she’s been placed in three Group Two races, a Group Three and came fifth in a hot Group One, at Newmarket. In the group races, she’s only been beaten by distances varying from a nose to a length and a half, by top class performers like Sandrine and Zain Claudette. She kept that form behind them in the Group One, Cheveley Park Stakes. Moreover, she had no clear run throughout the race. I’d be very surprised if she was defeated today.


written by Kieran McHugh

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