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Saturday Racing Preview: Haydock Park and Newmarket


There’s a busy Saturday of racing to look forward to with Group action at Haydock Park in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes and at Newmarket in the Sweet Solera Stakes. Here we preview all the big race action…

14:05 Haydock Park - Dick Hern Fillies’ Stakes

Veracious heads the market for Sir Michael Stoute and understandably so given her form is head and shoulders above the rest of the field based on her defeat of One Master in the Falmouth last year. However, there has to be a question mark over how tuned up she’ll be for this and it’s clearly a stepping stone in her trainer’s plans to better things and at odds-on, it’s tempting to take her on. 

William Haggas has won three of the last six runnings of the race and of his pair, Tomorrow’s Dream looks the more likely following her impressive win at Goodwood last time out. She’s proven over the trip, has the services of track-specialist Richard Kingscote and looks a filly on the up. 

Another who makes plenty of appeal is Roger Varian’s Farzeen, who finished a distant second in a Group 3 at Ascot last time but didn’t get the clearest of runs. 

Smarkets 1-2-3

  1. Tomorrow’s Dream
  2. Farzeen
  3. Veracious

14:40 Haydock Park - Rose of Lancaster Stakes

John Gosden last won this race in 2016 and he looks to have another fine chance this year with Global Giant who is available to back at around the even-money mark. He stayed on well to win the Steventon Stakes last time and that’s been given a boost by the third winning a Group 3 at Goodwood.

He’s failed to get his head in front in five attempts at this level but it’s possible that his trainer may have found further improvement and there’s no reason why Extra Elusive - finished second behind him at Newbury - should reverse the placings here. 

Zaaki is upped in trip but he’s failed to make much impact so far this season and preference would be for Fox Tal, who was far too headstrong last time and if settling better here can get much closer to the favourite.

Smarkets 1-2-3

  1. Global Giant
  2. Fox Tal
  3. Extra Elusive

15:20 Newmarket - Sweet Solera Stakes

A race that’s been farmed by the Richard Hannon and Mark Johnston yards in recent years - five of the last six renewals have been won by them - so it’s no surprise that they train the market principals here, Fly Miss Helen and Dubai Fountain. 

The former was wildly impressive in her only run to date, however the form has yet to really be tested with the second still to get her head in front. The third - Jacinth - has been a real talking horse and was to be sent off a short price for victory at Yarmouth earlier this week (meeting was abandoned). 

Dubai Fountain has experience on her side and lost little in defeat to Duchess of Cambridge runner-up Fev Rover last time out - Setarhe was also back in third and re-opposes here. 

At around the 8.5 mark, Spirit of Bermuda is of real interest for the Haggas yard. She was an expensive purchase from the breeze-ups but justified her price tag when winning a strong maiden at Goodwood last time. Her trainer will have a line into Fly Miss Helen’s form through Jacinth, and it would be no surprise to see her clock up another victory here. 

Smarkets 1-2-3

  1. Spirit of Bermuda
  2. Fly Miss Helen
  3. Dubai Fountain

*Odds correct at time of publication

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