CAMBRIDGESHIRE day looks a cracking card Saturday and that is where my attentions will be focused for the weekend.
There will be some more two year old clues opening up with the re-routed Royal Lodge for the second year at Newmarket and the Cheveley Park Stakes for the fillies. Along with some of the best fillies in Europe lining up for the Sun Chariot and an as ever competitive Cambridgeshire it should be an intriguing race day.
Royal Lodge Stakes
Toronado is sure to be popular but Fantastic Moon looks of some interest. Stepping up to group company last time out he was value for a lot more than the winning margin I felt and won with a fair bit in hand. It was run at just a moderate gallop where they really started to quicken from just after three out and into final two the field was tightly bunched up. Fantastic Moon sat last of all those runners and had travelled very sweetly to that point even given the steady pace. Heading into the final furlong he still had to pass the whole field and he showed a really smart turn of foot to quicken round the outside and get up close to the line. Buick never really looked urgent on him and he looked like he had enough up his sleeve all the time. He will definitely get the step up in trip and with more to come he should prove a tough opponent for anyone.
Cheveley Park Stakes
The Cheveley Park Stakes looks a competitive renewal with plenty of upgrading fillies but the one I think could emerge as the best of them is Winning Express. I was impressed by her debut at Sandown and in a competitive listed fillies race at Salisbury last time out she came forward again in taking fashion. The race was set up at a strong pace thanks to a tear away front runner and she just travelled off the pace creeping through runners very comfortably into the final two and when she started to come out of the pack and go away there was no chance of her being caught and was pushed out to the line hands and heels. This is another step forward again but she looks a classy filly and is improving all the time and until her colours are lowered I would stick with her.
Sun Chariot Stakes
For the last three years the Sun Chariot has been dominated by Saphresa and her owner Teruya Yoshida will be looking to maintain his grip on the race with Elusive Kate. Pretty straight forward for me that Elusive Kate’s form just leaps off the page. Her run last time out in the Le Marois beaten just 1 1/2 lengths by Excelebration off the back of a romp in the Rothschild looks very tough to match and when she is in front it will take a very good filly to get past her. She ran well on the July course earlier in the season on her re-appearance run in the Falmouth Stakes and she has come on a long way since then and she simply looks hard to oppose.
As ever the Cambridgeshire will prove a tough nut to crack but Chill The Kite looks the type of horse that could prove the cracker. He ran in a very decent listed race last time out beaten around two lengths by Thistle Bird and Fulbright whom I think are both group class horses on his first step up to stakes level. Held up off the pace in last place he could never quite into a challenging position but he kept on from the back finishing his race off well, Buick had pretty much accept defeat and was not hard on him inside the final furlong just running home hands and heels to keeping closing on Boom And Bust who he will meet here on slightly better terms. He has been very progressive this season and I think back into handicaps racing still on 97 rather than his revised 102 he could prove very well handicapped. He will need things to go for him no doubt and something open up for him but he has a smart of turn of foot and with his progressive profile he looks interesting.
1.55 - Fantastic Moon
2.25 - Winning Express (nb)
3.00 - Elusive Kate (nap)
3.40 - Chill The Kite