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2019 Future Champions Festival meeting day two tips - Race-by-race selections for Saturday's second day racecard

It is Cesarewitch Day at Newmarket on Saturday

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Saturday's second day racecard at Newmarket featuring the Dewhurst Stakes and the Cesarewitch Handicap.

A second top-class day of horse racing action on the flat goes to post at Newmarket on Saturday where the famous Cesarewitch Handicap spearheads a quality racecard which also features the Group One Dewhurst Stakes.

Saturday’s seven-race card gets underway from 1.45pm and the final meeting of the season at Flat HQ will feature as part of the day’s ITV Racing broadcast where the pick of the day’s races will be shown live.

1:45 - Dubai Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 7f

2:20 - Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 1m2f

2:55 - Dubai Autumn Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 1m

3:30 - Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 7f

4:10 - Emirates Cesarewitch Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m2f

4:45 - Dubai British EBF Boadicea Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f

5:20 - Darley Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m1f

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look through Saturday’s racecard at Newmarket where he gives his race-by-race selections for the day’s top-class action.

1:45 - Dubai Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 7f

A competitive handicap opener in which BRAVO FAISAL (13/2, William Hill) can follow up his recent success at Doncaster where he denied the useful Hariboux by a half-length, and a repeat of that effort ought to put him firmly in the mix again.

Richard Fahey’s Kodiac colt had earlier won on the all-weather at Newcastle, beating St Ives by a nose, and he lost no caste in defeat when beaten behind Gallaside at Newcastle where the one-mile trip on that occasion might just have stretched him. 

Back at seven furlongs latest, he looked more suited by that distance and he travelled well into the race from a decent pace and looked well on top at the finish. The runner-up had earlier beaten one of today’s rivals, and while the subsequent form has taken a couple of knocks since he could be worth chancing still to find some further improvement to defy this 6lbs higher mark.

Softer ground is an unknown quantity, but assuming he can handle these conditions and continue to show progress then it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see him firmly in the mix once more.

2:20 - Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 1m2f

TRITONIC (6/1, Paddy Power) may want further than this ten furlongs in time, but Alan King’s charge has looked a progressive sort in his three starts to date and may still have more to come as he bids to land a hat-trick of wins.

The Sea The Stars colt shaped with promise when denied by less than one length into fourth behind Fred at Haydock on his debut, and he has since stepped up on that experience to post back-to-back wins over one mile at Ffos Las and Newbury respectively.

The latest of those saw him beat Man Of The Night by almost two lengths, scoring readily but hinting that he might prefer an even stiffer test so it is no surprise that Alan King steps him up further in distance for this latest outing.

He may have further improvement to come, and a Group One entry in the upcoming Vertem Futurity Stakes shows he is a well-regarded sort by his handler. He’ll need to post a big effort in order to justify that ambition, but he could well do so here, and he can go close in his hat-trick bid.

2:55 - Dubai Autumn Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 1m

The progressive MOLATHAM (9/4, Coral) can take another step up the ladder and enhance his exciting reputation by winning this Group Three prize and landing a hat-trick of wins in the process.

Roger Varian’s Night Of Thunder colt was denied only by Mum’s Tipple on debut at York back in July, and that form has been franked; he duly stepped up on his near miss to beat Celtic Art at York, and that form also has been boosted since.

The Varian runner then made it two wins from three starts with a defeat of the smart Wichita at Doncaster last month to take the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes. That runner-up won a Group Three next time out, and there ought to be more to come from him as he steps up to one mile.

Entries in the Vertem Futurity Trophy and next season’s Irish 2000 Guineas mark him out as a smart prospect, and he has done nothing to dissuade that impression his runs to date. With the potential for better still, he can land his three-timer here.

3:30 - Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 7f

Can anything beat PINATUBO (4/11, Ladbrokes)? That is the question posed in this Group One contest, and given the way in which Charlie Appleby’s rising star has swept aside all opposition to date it would appear that this Group One outing is ripe for the picking by the unbeaten Shamardal colt.

He has progressed in leaps and bounds this campaign, winning a Group Two at Goodwood in July before routing a field which included Armory by nine lengths to run away with the National Stakes at the Curragh last month.

That in itself is decent form, with the runner-up going close in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere last weekend, while the fourth and fifth horses home both placed subsequently in Group races here during the Cambridgeshire Festival.

Still with the potential for significant improvement to come, he looks impossible to oppose on his form and performances to date, and he should have little trouble despatching this field of rivals to extend his unbeaten record to six.

4:10 - Emirates Cesarewitch Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m2f

Three-year olds have a really poor record in this contest, but it could be worth chancing on lightly-raced RANCH HAND (12/1, Coral) who comes into this race on the back of a solid win at Haydock in soft ground last month, beating Trueshan by two lengths, and Andrew Balding’s charge can find another jolt of improvement to post a big effort with the step up in trip unlikely to present a problem for the son of Dunaden who very much looked to be a stayer on the up with that performance.

A winner of his first two starts on the all-weather back in the spring, which included a twelve lengths’ demolition of Say The Word, he was subsequently tried in Listed company when taking in the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial where he crossed the line in fifth and beaten around eight lengths behind Anthony Van Dyck.

That was a decent effort in the circumstances where he was given too much to do; but he finished off the race well enough and hinted that he’s appreciate a stiffer test. 

Stepped up in distance for his next outing at this venue on the July Course where he contested the Bahrain Trophy, he was beaten around ten lengths into fifth behind Spanish Mission where he was hampered before running on late although he was never going to get seriously involved and the ground that day may have been too quick for him in any case.

However, he looked well at home on the conditions at Haydock, keeping on stoutly when faced with an even stiffer test and a 4lbs penalty for that success might not present enough of a burden to prevent him from another bold effort with this even more extreme yardage likely to suit.

Soft ground is clearly not an issue for the Balding representative, and he handled the deep conditions with aplomb last time out so drying ground is a slight negative on that evidence; but he remains a low-mileage sort who could easily have more to offer, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him going well here.

4:45 - Dubai British EBF Boadicea Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f

LAST EMPIRE () could be worth chancing to get back on the winning trail having possibly found five furlongs too sharp at Ayr last time out, and the Pivotal filly can quickly resume earlier progress.

Kevin Ryan’s charge had reeled off a hat-trick of wins earlier in the season, scoring at Hamilton in soft ground before returning to the Scottish track in July to win again on better ground with a defeat of Delachance.

However, she bettered that performance at Haydock when routing Fantasy Keeper and others in heavy ground prior to her run at Ayr latest where she was beaten less than two lengths but wasn’t quite able to muster the speed to challenge.

But a return to six furlongs and the prospect of softer ground are both positive points for the chances of the Pivotal filly and she can bounce back from her defeat last time out to quickly regain the winning thread here.

5:20 - Darley Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m1f

PINCHECK () was only denied late in a Listed contest at Cork back at the beginning of the month, but Jessica Harrington’s charge can make a successful raid on this Group Three prize and get back to winning ways in the process.

The smart Invincible Spirit gelding hasn’t won since beating Massaarr in the Group Three Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown last August; but he has performed with credit since returning to the yard following a stint in the United States, and a repeat of his latest outing could be good enough to see him get back on the scoresheet.

He was only beaten a neck behind Up Helly Aa on that occasion, and he was a close third to Space Traveller the time before in the Boomerang Stakes. He may arguably be better at one mile, but he does stay this longer trip and has made the frame over ten furlongs in the past. 

Assuming his run last time hasn’t left a mark turning out just eleven days later, he can give another good account of himself here and he can remain competitive.


1:45 - BRAVO FAISAL (13/2, William Hill)

2:20 - TRITONIC (6/1, Paddy Power)

2:55 - MOLATHAM (9/4, Coral

3:30 - PINATUBO (4/11, Ladbrokes)

4:10 - RANCH HAND (12/1, Coral)

4:45 - LAST EMPIRE () 

5:20 - PINCHECK ()

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2019 Future Champions Festival meeting day two tips - Race-by-race selections for Saturday's second day racecard

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Saturday's second day racecard at Newmarket featuring the Dewhurst Stakes and the Cesarewitch Handicap.

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