By News Team
24th September 2021
As if the Ryder Cup, Man City v Chelsea and Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk weren’t enough, there’s the small matter of a cracking card at Newmarket, featuring the Cambridgeshire!
We’ve also got good action at Haydock to look forward to and here are Nick Luck’s thoughts.
COROEBUS (5/2) can take the Royal Lodge, which opens Newmarket’s Saturday TV card (1.50pm). Although Masakela is a rightful favourite after the subsequent exploits of Bayside Boy and Native Trail, the selection could hardly have made more of an impression with his display of controlled aggression on his debut. That form has worked out very nicely itself, and he should get a lovely tow into the race from Royal Patronage in the adjacent stall.
DESERT DREAMER makes a bit of appeal each-way at 12/1 in quite a tricky Cheveley Park (2.25pm). Although she now looks thoroughly exposed, she is also a proven stakes filly, tough enough for a test like this and with a very good record on fast ground and at this track. She ought to have finished a fair bit closer to Zain Claudette at York, and is probably better judged on their Ascot running, where they were almost inseparable. If the application of a tongue tie has any positive effect, she should be respected.
CASTLE STAR gets a tentative vote in the Middle Park (3.00pm). I like Jamie Spencer on this horse, as he might just be able to smuggle him into the race travelling strongly. He looked just as talented as Dr Zempf and Go Bears Go in the Phoenix Stakes, but saw a bit too much daylight and was forced to challenge deepest of all away from the action. Unless you really believe the form of the Prix Morny, which I’m not sure I do, Perfect Power is a bit short and the selection offers the value at 7/1.
MAGICAL MORNING (13/2) is well and truly out of the bag now that Frankie Dettori has chosen to ride him, but he will have the perfect set-up in the Cambridgeshire (3.40pm), is dead straightforward and just looks bound to run well, with the extra furlong squeezing out another pound or two of improvement.
I won’t be able to resist a few quid each-way with Hills’ seven places on my old friend TRAIS FLUORS at 80/1. He is able to race off seven lower than when knocked over and still running really well in the Hunt Cup, he is drawn around all the pace and will absolutely love the ground and trip. He’s a whopping price, but really doesn’t have too much to find to get involved.
UNITED FRONT can win the mile handicap at Haydock (2.05pm) at 7/1. He’s a nice price as the front two in the market have a less exposed look, but the selection ran a blinder on his return from a break and a gelding operation and can prove a threat to all if moving forward for that. The general trajectory of horses from this yard is to keep progressing and his pedigree and old form in Ireland suggests that he won’t mind this quicker ground.
ROYAL CRUSADE (9/1) can prove the answer to the five-furlong handicap (2.40pm). He ran some sound races early in the season having looked pretty smart last year. Now gelded, he looked to empty slightly behind Summerghand on his recent return and the drop to five may well suit, particularly in a much less competitive race and with Adam Farragher’s claim looking very handy indeed.