ITV Racing Tips: Sacred Bridge and Perfect Power can fill the two-year-old talent gap
With one of the biggest betting races of the autumn and two Group 1 prizes on the schedule, there is some compelling action to follow on TV this weekend.
Whether solving the conundrum of the 35-runner Cambridgeshire or identifying a 2022 Classic contender from the Middle Park and Cheveley Park Stakes, the racing should at least be informative. That also extends to the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes, another test for next year’s Classic hopefuls, which opens the coverage.
John Gosden, now training in partnership with son Thady, has won two of the last three runnings of the Cambridgeshire. So inevitably the stable is responsible for the favourite and the second favourite, Uncle Bryn (Rab Havlin) and Magical Morning (Frankie Dettori).
Chichester, who travels down from Scotland and will be ridden by Hollie Doyle, has been the week’s notable market mover.
As ever it will be intriguing as the four races from Newmarket are complemented by two from Haydock on ITV4 with coverage beginning at 13:30 and we have previewed the three most significant races of the day in our ITV Racing Tips.
There have been very few potential stars to emerge so far from the two-year-old division this year. Perhaps that is a reflection of the drop in the level of Aidan O’Brien’s juvenile crop.
Ballydoyle is represented but maiden winner Tenebrism is among the outsiders at 14/1. That doesn’t mean she can’t win, but there are plenty more better-looking candidates. These include the Lowther Stakes first and second, Zain Claudette and Sandrine.
They boast the established form, but look vulnerable to the unbeaten Sacred Bridge, owned by the sponsor and trained by Ger Lyons. The filly has won four out of four and recorded her latest win in a Group 3 in impressive fashion, running right away from the field to score by three and a quarter lengths.
Another juvenile Group 1 which sees the natural order turned on its head. Aidan O’Brien is set to saddle two runners but Ryan Moore’s mount HMS Endeavour is a 16/1 chance and second string New York City is the outsider of the field on 33/1. Are we seeing a changing of the guard?
Ger Lyons has another contender in Group 1-placed Dr Zempf but the outstanding candidate Perfect Power is already a Group 1 winner. Trainer Richard Fahey has made no secret of his regard for a colt who probably should be unbeaten.
After winning the Norfolk Stakes, he found all sorts of trouble in the Richmond Stakes, finishing fifth, but put that right with an authoritative win in the Prix Morny. Christophe Soumillon, who rode him in Deauville, keeps the mount and his trip should not go unrewarded.
We have become accustomed to this race unveiling a Group winner in a handicap, such as Lord North and Wissahickon. Both won for John Gosden as three-year-olds and the stable has another who fits the criteria in one-time Derby hopeful Uncle Bryn.
However, Frankie Dettori, who steered him to a winning return on his first start since gelding, prefers the year older Magical Morning who has more handicap experience.
Magical Morning was beaten a head at York, with Astro King third. He should go very close again but there is plenty of each-way value out there and Bedouin’s Story, a hold-up horse who should suit a Jamie Spencer ride, and Raise You, unlucky at the Galway Festival, are viable alternatives.
ITV Racing Schedule, Saturday 25th September
13:50 Newmarket – Royal Lodge Stakes
14:05 Haydock – 1m handicap
14:25 Newmarket – Cheveley Park Stakes
14:40 Haydock – 5f handicap
15:00 Newmarket – Middle Park Stakes
15:40 Newmarket – Cambridgeshire Handicap
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing