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13:15 Newmarket

Like A Tiger is a half brother to numerous winners and is shares the same owners as James Ferguson’s El Bodegon, so he knows connections well. The latter is in good form and had a very impressive debutant in Zoology at Yarmouth last week. He has to prove himself on the track and to the punters but he’s entered into the Derby next year. Possibly one to watch.

A Dublin Lad is owned by Saeed Suhail and is a half brother to Sacred, who won the other day. He’s intriguingly bred, by Ulysses and his Dam is by Blame. He’s well supported and given he’s the Gosden’s representative, it’s not surprising. However, he might well need further in time but he does also hold a Derby entry.

Garden Route is a very interesting newcomer, owned by a whole host of compelling people. He’s been placed with William Haggas and Ryan Moore has been booked to ride. He’s by Galileo and his dam’s side is South African star Captain Al. He’s entered into the Derby as well and has been well supported. He does seem like he could be smart.


15:00 Newmarket

A small but competitive field for this Group Three, won by a Godolphin representative for the last two years. The latter are represented by Victory Dance for this years renewal. He’s ran three times and won twice, on his debut and last time out when winning the Denford by a length and a half. His only defeat was a narrow one in the Group Two Superlative Stakes at Newmarket, at the hands of the smart Isaac Shelby. He has a chance to enhance his Dewhurst and Futurity credentials.

Nostrum has only raced once but started off with a victory. He stormed to victory by three lengths at Sandown with the form from that race working out decently well. He’s well bred, being a Kingman half brother to many winners including Imaging. However, this is a steep increase in class and he would have to be quiet smart to land the spoils today.

Holloway Boy won the Chesham Stakes on his debut at Royal Ascot, at large odds, which really was a debut and a half! He franked that form when finishing a close second in the Group Two Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. The winner, Marbaan, would’ve preferred firmer ground when challenging for Group One honours at the Curragh and the third, Mysterious Night, won a Group Three in Deauville and put in a monstrous performance in a Grade One at Woodbine. That form is incredibly good and if Holloway Boy can overcome a lengthy layoff, he should have enough in hand today.

HOLLOWAY BOY (WIN) written by Kieran McHugh


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