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13:55 Newmarket A competitive looking renewal of the listed Rosemary Stakes over a mile. Said Bin Suroor is going through some what of a renaissance period form wise at the minute and comes in here with a really strong chance of enhancing that golden run here. Last year’s Rockfel hero triumphed on this card 12 months ago, but has failed to build on that since then. Took advantage of a good opportunity to land a Group 3 in Turkey last time out though, and despite carrying a penalty for that, probably has the strongest form in the field on its best days so a bold bid is expected. An interesting foe comes from the William Haggas yard in the form of Muffri’Ha. The four-year-old drops back to the mile after not quite getting the 1m2f trip last time out, but was fourth in this race last year in a stronger renewal and the assistance of Ryan Moore combined with the yard’s current form would give him an each way chance, but big worry that he has yet to place at this level in three previous attempts at this level. The answer to this one may lie with Ralph Beckett’s Desert Haze, who gets a healthy weight allowance from the main protagonists and is still very lightly raced. The talented three-year-old has progressed with every run and produced a solid fourth in a listed contest at Chantilly last time out. The application of first time blinkers may just eek out the necessary progression to make the frame here and it gets the each way nod in the opener at a massive double figure price. Desert Haze (E/W)

14:30 Newmarket The 1m4f Nayef Stakes is another competitive looking Listed contest where all eyes will be on the two market principals. The likely favourite will be the John Gosden trained Journey who romped to an eight-length success in this race twelve months ago, but this is a stronger renewal. Frankie Dettori gets the leg up on the horse who has the clear highest rating in the field based on Group 1 second at Ascot and the fact she comes alive at this time of year. This race has been dominated by three year old winners in recent times, but despite going down to her rival earlier in the season, is weighted to turn things around this time over her preferred trip and so Journey gets the confident nod. That main rival in question, is Godolphin’s Beautiful Romance. The aforementioned win over the selection came when winning a Group 2 at York in May, but now has to concede weight all round including to Journey if she is to prevail here and that looks a big ask given her out of sorts runs the last twice. Another interesting contender has to be the Luca Cumani trained Beautiful Morning who looked a useful sort when improving to record a decent second for the step up to 1m2f at Newbury last time out and this lightly raced filly could find yet more improvement for the further step up in trip. The only worry is how fragile she is, and absence since that promising run has to be a major worry. Journey (WIN)

15:05 Newmarket All eyes in this one will be on the progressive daughter of the mighty Frankel, as Fair Eva takes her chance to get back to winning ways after her stunning first ever loss in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes last time out. Roger Charlton’s horse has smashed two re-opposing rivals in her previous outings and even her third last time out sets a clear standard that makes her hard to beat here. This is a solid opportunity for the talented filly to recoup her losses and so with more to come from her in the hands of the capable Pat Smullen, she gets the confident nod to prevail here. Glitter Girl did it nicely last time out as she completed the hat trick with a ready win in a nursery, so she deserves this step up in levels, but it is perhaps telling that Ryan Moore deserts her in favour of Sir Michael Stoute’s unexposed and unbeaten Yarmouth maiden winner Exmouth. The former champion jockey’s mount is completely unexposed after getting on top close home over 6f last time out, but the form of that race has not worked out the best, so the step up to 7f would have to unlock substantial improvement to trouble the red-hot favourite. Fair Eva (WIN)

15:40 Newmarket David O’Meara’s Custom Cut has been first and second in the last two runnings of this race and is well fancied for this year’s renewal, but this time around looks much tougher. The horse was only just touched off by classic winner Awtaad last time out at Leopardstown, which is probably some of the best recent form on offer. Stablemate Amazing Maria, however, may be the better option for the yard as she is a dual Group 1 winner and despite being off the boil this season, has previously run well on this track in Group 2 company before. The John Gosden trained Nasra could be a danger to all if reproducing the form that saw her finish second in the French 1000 Guineas. The filly was also runner up over course and distance last season in the Fillies Mile, but main concern for her is her absence since a disappointing run at Ascot last time out. It may pay to take a chance on the Hugo Palmer trained Gifted Master in this one. The horse has only ever ran over today’s trip once before, but luckily that equated to a victory over course and distance. It is entirely possible that shorter is ideal for this speedster, but he had no problem staying the trip in a decent Group 3 contest previously and can set the tempo from the front in this one with chance to give his rivals the slip here, so he gets the Each way nod. Gifted Master (E/W)

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