Newmarket Racecourse Predictions & Betting Tips 14/10/2023
It is Future Champions Day at Newmarket on Saturday. Classic hopefuls for 2024 will be on show as they attempt to stamp their claims for the Guineas in May and beyond. Our team have looked through the Juvenile races, as well as the Cesarewitch to find their best bets on the final TV Saturday on the Rowley Mile this season.
Newmarket Racecourse Predictions & Betting Tips 14/10/2023:
This is a very difficult race to try to read. Several of the maiden winners fit into the “could be anything” bracket, whilst Chief Little Rock brings better form without looking like a winner in waiting. At the early prices, Per Contra appeals most. Ollie Sangster has had a fantastic season and his son of Footstepsinthesand has delivered the goods on both occasions, winning with something in hand at Chepstow and Ffos Las. There are some holes to pick in the form of his most recent win, which came on Soft ground at Ffos Las and this will certainly be a much more difficult task for him. However, he won with any amount in hand and asserted to win by 4-lengths despite hanging and running green in the closing stages. It is interesting to see that he has been purchased by Wathnan Racing over the summer and this looks to be more than a fanciful swing at a Group race. Whether he is capable of taking his form up to Pattern level remains to be seen, but he is an attractive price to try and find out.
This race revolves around City of Troy. He was incredibly impressive when winning the Superlative Stakes on the July course in the summer and if he arrives in the same form on Saturday, he may well be impossible to beat. However, he hasn’t been seen for 3-months and has missed engagements at the Curragh in recent weeks to raise a few doubts, especially at what is likely to be a very short SP. For that reason, we will take an each-way approach to this race and hope that the 8 runners stand their ground. Indian Run makes the most appeal. He won the Acomb at York with a lot in hand and his strong travelling nature should be suited to the undulations of the Rowley Mile. Whilst he may find City of Troy out of his league, he is not that far behind the remainder of the opposition and represents some fair each-way value to hit the frame.
It’s not hard to see the claims of Pied Piper. He is a top class hurdler who finished 2nd in the County hurdle at the Cheltenham festival in March. This looks to have been the plan ever since and the booking of Ryan Moore is eye-catching, but he does not represent any real value at his current price in a field of this size. Instead we will take a chance on Wordsworth. He was classy enough to hit the frame in the Grand Prix de Paris in 2021 and although he failed to hold his form after that, the switch to David Pipe seemed to have perked him up when he won with any amount in hand on his hurdles debut at Bangor last time. Based on his flat form he was entitled to win that race, but it confirmed his fitness and was a shrewd way of returning him to form without affecting his Flat mark. If he can return to anywhere near the level of form that he showed in 2021, he could be thrown in on his current mark, especially with his riders useful 5lb claim. Stall 34 could have been better, but over such a marathon trip he will have time to find his place and he makes a lot of each-way appeal.
We will get a good insight into the form of Arabian Crown when Arabic Legend runs in the Autumn Stakes earlier on the card, but at this stage he looks clear on the figures. Despite drifting to his right, he stayed on strongly to assert his dominance over Arabic Legend in the Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury. On that evidence, he has already confirmed his ability to perform at this level and that looks to leave him with quite a lot in hand over the 3 maiden winners in this contest. The yard has been under a cloud for most of the season, which is a slight concern, but he has been winning his races despite that and this looks to be too good an opportunity to pass up.