Newmarket 14:25 Kevin Ryan has won this race four times in the last six years, with Brando winning in 2017 & 2018. He is clear on official ratings and won on first run of the season from 2015 to 2018, however could only manage 3rd in this race on re-appearance last year (less than a length away from the winner) and I fear he may need a run or two to hit top gear this season. Kevin Ryan also runs Emaraaty Ana who won the Group 2 Gimcrack at York in 2018 before contesting both the 2000 Guineas and Irish 2000 Guineas last summer. He signed off last season back over 6f with victory at Salisbury and although looks to have a bit to find on ratings I think he may surprise a few people and could give his trainer another victory in this race. Breathtaking Look spent last season racing over 7f, winning twice here at Newmarket and once in the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster in September, so it's a little surprising to see her return to 6f. That said, she was two from two over this trip as a three-year-old so cannot be completely dismissed. Oxtead won first time up last season, was a solid second to Dazzling Dan over course and distance in August and signed off for the season with a hard-fought victory in the Portland Handicap in September. He will need to improve again to gain victory here, but that cannot be ruled out especially if the ground remains good-to-firm. A final comment must go to Keystroke who has won three times when returning from a break of over 100 days and won this race last season, although was a shade disappointing in a number of subsequent runs as the season progressed and for me has a bit of a point to prove on return. Emaraaty Ana (WIN) Newmarket 15:35 Defoe beat a high class field when just edging out Kew Gardens in this race last year and ran a solid second at Meydan in March so should arrive here ready to roll, while multiple Group 1 winner Stradivarius lost little in defeat when second to Kew Gardens in the Long Distance Cup in October, losing by just a nose. Both look likely to put on a bold show, yet both may have to fight it out for minor honours as Ghaiyyath was a superb fourteen length winner of a Group 1 race in Germany in September and was nothing short of breathtaking when returning an eight length winner of the Dubai Millennium Stakes at Meydan in February. He is proven over the trip, has an excellent record when returning from a break, will love the forecast fast ground and both his trainer and jockey have an excellent record at the course so all looks set for a Ghaiyyath victory here.
written by Dean Kilbryde
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14:40 Lingfield - Lake Lucerne (E/W)
15:00 Newmarket - Sangarius (WIN)
15:15 Lingfield - Kings Caper (E/W)
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