By News Team
Last Updated: 8th October 2021
As we begin to wind down the Flat season and welcome the Jumps back to action, there’s still racing to be had at HQ and day one of the Dubai Future Champions Festival doesn’t look short on quality.
Nick Luck has run his eye over five races from Newmarket.
GUILDED can take the Cornwallis Stakes, which opens up Newmarket’s Future Champions Weekend (1.50) at 17/2. She appeared to run way above herself when fourth in the Cheveley Park, but that wasn’t unexpected and was in line with her general improvement over her last three runs (had been most unlucky not to beat Corazon in a French Group 3). We know the drop to five will be no issue, and she will benefit from a very sound pace here.
GOOD AMERICAN looks a likely one for the Oh So Sharp (2.25) at 4/1. She lacks the experience of a few of these, but hardly looked a greenhorn when thumping a pretty decent field from the front on her debut. With Frankie booked, she might just lead these a merry dance from a stable that has a strong group of late developing juveniles.
GARRUS has distinct possibilities of going well at a big price of 9/1 in the Challenge Stakes (3.00). It is a big ask on his first try out of sprints, but he shapes as though seven furlongs is worth a try and his two siblings have both won over in excess of a mile. His recent form is pretty solid at this level – he’s certainly not out of this on ratings – and just a little give underfoot won’t go amiss.
CONCERT HALL looks just the type to spring a minor surprise in the Fillies’ Mile (3.35) at 9/1. I’ve not got much negative to say about Inspiral, nor Mise en Scene for that matter, but both are quite flashy fillies whose turns of speed might be neutralised by conditions and the way the race is run. By contrast, Concert Hall is out of an Oaks winner and will surely improve masses for the step up in trip and a good, honest test. She has taken a big step forward the last twice and is just the type that Aidan O’Brien keeps improving.
SISKANY can take the Old Rowley (4.10) for Charlie Appleby at 3/1. This yard seems to have a very good knack of knowing when to geld a horse, and this one just raced a little on and off the bridle when a very creditable second to Nagano at Glorious Goodwood. This looks a slightly easier race and, although he races off 5lbs higher, he has conditions in his favour and it is pretty hard not to see him as a big player.