Andrew Balding: My thoughts on our 16 runners this weekend
The Betway ambassador previews his weekend runners, including six at Newmarket and one at Chester.
Saturday at Newmarket
The form of Masekela has worked out well this season and we think the extra furlong should suit him, too. The only question mark is if he will get unbalanced as he did on the July course, but he’s got the best form in the race and we wouldn’t swap him (13:50).
Sandrine must also have a big chance in the Cheveley Park Stakes (14:25). Her form is as good as anything else in the race. York was just too quick a test for her, so I’m inclined to put a line through that defeat. This is a more suitable test.
Good Birthday has run well in the Cambridgeshire before and has been in good form this season. On his best form, he could run into a place (15:40).
Bell Rock has a tough task in the same race off top weight. Will Carver claims 3lb off his back but he has paid the penalty for being consistent in good races. He’s got plenty of ability on his day, though.
Dubai Jewel ran well in a Group 3 at Salisbury last time. It will be interesting to see if this extra furlong suits her. She’ll be ridden with more restraint to get this extra distance and will have a chance (16:50).
Mystery Smiles has worked well in blinkers. He’s missed the start on his last two outings, but we’ve worked hard on that at home. If he jumps at the same time as the others, he’ll have a chance (17:24). His third in the Craven is very good form.
Other Saturday runners
Auriferous has been a bridesmaid all year. The ground was a touch too quick for him last time out, but these conditions will suit him and, as ever, he should go well (Chester, 17:25).
Sea Fern ran OK last time over 6f. She can win a race of this nature on a going day (Chelmsford, 17:30).
Swilcan Bridge is having his first start, but he is a big, raw baby. He’ll be alright in time, but he’ll need to overcome greenness first time out (Chelmsford 18:30).
Sunday at Epsom
Berkshire Rebel won first time up. Although this is a much stronger race (14:20), he stays well and is in good form at home. I like his attitude as he really tries hard.
Rival has been consistent all year. He tends to not help himself as he races very freely, but this track should suit his running style. He has a chance if he runs to his best (14:50).
Calcutta Cup wouldn’t want the ground too fast. He’s been working very well – almost back to his best – and, providing it isn’t too quick for him, he’s got a proper chance (15:55).
Sunday at Ffos Las
Aldbourne was unlucky at Goodwood last time when things didn’t pan out for him in a strong nursery. This is easier and he should have every chance (14:10).
Upton Park is a horse we like. He’s been a real slow learner and wasn’t the easiest to break in, but he does have ability. He’ll come on for anything that he does (14:40).
Damned Elusive has also been very consistent while just missing out. These are ideal conditions for her and she should go well (15:45).
Sprit Level has been unlucky not to have won. He’s run very well on his last two starts and, if he runs to the same level, should be there or thereabouts (16:50).
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