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2019 Somerville Tattersalls Stakes tips - O'Brien's 9/4 chance can land Group Three success at Newmarket

Aidan O'Brien can win Thursday's Group Three feature race at Newmarket, the Somerville Tattersalls Stakes.

Brian Healy takes a runner-by-runner look ahead to Thursday's Group  Three feature at Newmarket and gives his big race selection for the classy Group Three prize.

The Somerville Tattersall Stakes is the feature race on the opening day of the 2019 Newmarket Cambridgeshire Festival meeting, and the seven furlongs fixture gets underway at 3.3pm as the fourth race of the afternoon on a quality racecard.

Boasting a first prize of almost £30,000 to the winner, this race can often provide a future clue to the Dewhurst or Vertem Futurity Trophy, and recent past winners of this classy contest include Elarqam, Sanus Per Aquam, Havana Gold and Larchmont Lad.

A select field of just seven runners go to post for this seven furlong contest, and Brian Healy takes a runner-by-runner look at the big race field for the Thursday feature.

Lord Of The Lodge (9/4, Bet365) heads up the racecard order, and Karl Burke’s charge is hard to avoid on the back of an excellent runner-up effort behind Threat in the recent Gimcrack Stakes where the Dandy Man colt was beaten just over one length.

That winner has since gone on to land further Group Two glory in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, while the third has also done the form no harm with a subsequent near-miss in a valuable contest at the same Doncaster meeting.

Also a two-time winner, scoring at Ayr and Haydock, he looks sure to go well dropping back in grade and he is likely to make his presence felt in this contest where he rates a big player on his form thus far assuming he sees out this stiffer test upped in trip and with a stiff finish to contend with.

Mark Johnston has won this race for the past two years, and the Middleham trainer sends Monoski (10/1, Ladbrokes) into battle as he bids for a hat-trick in this contest.

The Street Boss colt hasn’t been at his best however since winning at Pontefract earlier in the campaign where he beat Show Me Show Me by six lengths. However, he only beat one rival home next time and having finished last of three at Pontefract he has work to do with the reopposing Oh Purple Reign from their clash at Chester last month.

He can’t be judged too harshly on his most recent run behind Pinatubo in the National Stakes, but his earlier form leaves him with plenty on his plate and he looks against it here.

Richard Hannon meanwhile saddles both Oh Purple Reign (5/1, Ladbrokes) and Manigordo in this contest, and the former has proven to be a very useful sort who has won three times this term.

No match for Pinatubo at Epsom in May following a debut success at Nottingham, he has only one finished out of the first three in seven subsequent outings which includes wins at York and Chester, and he has performed with credit in Listed company prior to finding only Streamline too good in the Group Three Sirenia Stakes.

The Sir Prancealot colt ought to continue to give a good account, and he is capable on his best form of taking a hand; however, he’s certainly more exposed than most of these, and there is a slight suspicion that he perhaps has hit his ceiling.

Manigordo (8/1, William Hill) meanwhile has improved with every start, latterly finishing fourth behind King’s Lynn at Doncaster earlier in the month, unable to match the winner.

That was a creditable effort however, and there could be more to come from the Kitten’s Joy colt who ought to appreciate this step up in trip.

The form of that Doncaster race has been boosted with a subsequent winner coming out of those horses who finished behind him, and open to further improvement he rates a player who could have more to come.

Aidan O’Brien sent Aussie Rules out to win this race, and the Ballydoyle maestro is represented in this year’s renewal by the promising WICHITA (9/4, Bet365) who made a good impression when scoring over Fiscal Rules at the Curragh on debut in August before chasing hom Molatham at Doncaster earlier in the month in Listed company.

Her debut success saw her win only by a head, but she only needed pushed along under hands and heels for a cosy success and the No Nay Never colt hinted at plenty more to come.

He wasn’t disgraced on Town Moor subsequently where he helped to force the pace throughout and may just have set the race up for the winner who came through with a winning run entering the last furlong. 

Despite being headed he kept on well without quite being able to match the winner, and he remains open to considerable improvement with an increased emphasis on stamina at this venue likely to suit. He can find another jolt of improvement to get back on the scoresheet here, and he looks the main danger to Karl Burke’s charge who is trying this trip for the first time.

Persuasion (11/2, Paddy Power) meanwhile failed to back up her debut win at Goodwood in August when finsihing sixth subsequently in the Group Three Acomb Stakes where she finished around seven lengths in arrears of winner Valdermoro.

Charlie Hills’ charge had beaten Celtic Art by a half-length on debut, but she struggled to get competitive on the Knavesmire and finished well-beaten in the end behind a good winner.

The fifth from that race has won since, and she could bounce back having had more of a break between runs this time around having possibly just found the Acomb Stakes coming too soon. 

The Acclamation colt isn’t one to write off just yet on the back of that effort, and every chance she could bounce back.

Completing the field, Ropey Guest (25/1, Bet365) remains a maiden after seven starts, but he has shown some fair form including finishing ahead of Persuasion in the Acomb Stakes.

George Margarson’s Cable Bay colt subsequently ran with some credit without threatening to win when finishing fifth to Cherokee Trail at Ascot earlier in the month and while he can give a good account he is likely to prove vulnerable to one with more potential to improve.


WICHITA (9/4, Bet365) bumped into the useful Mothalam when finding only that rival too strong in Listen company at Doncaster three weeks ago, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge is taken to get back on track here.

The No Nay Never colt had won on his debut at the Curragh last month, beating Fiscal Rules by a head despite only needing pushing out under hands and heels under a confident ride. 

That form perhaps isn’t the strongest, but the impression he had left on that occasion was duly confirmed next time when he was just unable to overhaul the winner, and he likely has better still to come after just two starts.

Still unexposed in comparison to a few of his rivals here, he holds a Group One entry in the upcoming Vertem Futurity Trophy so is clearly a well-regarded sort; and open to further improvement he is chanced to get back to winning ways in this contest.


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2019 Somerville Tattersalls Stakes tips - O'Brien's 9/4 chance can land Group Three success at Newmarket

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