PADDOCKS PATENT (FRIDAY)
The penultimate meeting at Newmarket this season provides our three selections this afternoon, the first of which runs in the 13:00. A two year old Maiden race ran over 7 furlongs.
Richard Hannon saddles Tawdeea a well bred colt for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum. In his maiden season as trainer he has a healthy 9 winners from just 29 runners when sending out the owner’s juveniles and this son of Intikhab could well put him in to double figures and market support would be noteworthy.
Crown Command looked a willing partner for jockey Martin Dwyer on debut, possibly hitting the front too early before being headed close home a repeat of that performance on similarly forecast ground would make him hard to beat.
Crack Shot For trainer Clive Brittan is the selection here, running well second time up to defy big odds when finishing a close enough second to a William Haggas filly who has been holding her own at a higher level than this. The third that day has franked the form going on to win its subsequent maiden very easily and earning an official rating of 90. Repetition of his second start should put Crack Shot in the shake up here.
Crack Shot (WIN)
Our second selection can be found in the 13:30. A Class 4 handicap ran over 1 mile 2 furlongs.
Lungarno Palace is at the front end of the market in what looks a very open race. The John Gallagher trained gelding comes here off the back of a two length defeat in a similar contest at York. Ben Curtis is an eye-catching booking for the stable, winning 2 of his 4 starts for the yard this year. Lungarno Palace is a winner over the trip but likely will once again get going all too late.
The pick here will be the Richard Fahey trained Ventura Quest who takes a fair drop in Class here. The booking of Paul Hanangan is always a positive for the stable and this year has been especially profitable yielding a profit of £52.80 to £1 stakes. Finishing well beaten over further last time on this course the return to ten furlongs should see him in a better light, and with forecast ground unlikely to be a hindrance he is taken to get his head in front here.
Excellent Puck wears blinkers for the first time and this could be the key to Shaun Lycett’s charge resuming the progress he showed over the winter last year and he could well be involved in the finish here under Luke Morris.
Ventura Quest (WIN)
The last time Stuart Kittow sent a 3 year old to the Rowley Mile was as far back as 2011. That year he saddled May Be Some Time who provided him with a win and a 1 ¼ length third at the track. Today he saddles our final selection Duelling Dragon bought from Qatar Racing just 5 days ago he looks to be hoping to capitalise on what could be a lenient mark. Rated just 73 when winning his maiden last time at Redcar he has gone up just 2lbs and the second that day has won since and is now running of a mark of 82 on official ratings.
Lightly raced and in receipt of a 3lb weight allowance it could be argued that he is effectively 10lb well in here , and he should have no problem finishing in the first three in a race that lacks much depth.
Sweet Martoni should be the main danger here, finishing behind his lesser fancied stable mate In heavy ground at Windsor. Prior to that run she had shown a good level of form and the slight drop back to a mile will help but it could just be that the handicapper has her about right.
World Record could go well at a decent price, returned to a mile should see a better effort than the last twice and Cam Hardie claims a valuable 3lb allowance.
Duelling Dragon (E/W)