Aidan O’Brien’s Saturday Newmarket Best Chances
Aidan O’Brien’s Best Chances At This Weekend’s Cambridgeshire Festival
Aidan O’Brien has proven a force to be reckoned with when sending runners to Newmarket, and this has proven particularly significant at the track’s Cambridgeshire Festival. O’Brien sends a select team over as he bids for further success in 2021, and here at Racing Tips, we have evaluated the chances of his potential team for Saturday’s races.
BLUEGRASS – (1:50 Newmarket, Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes)
The first foal out of dual Group 1 winner Quiet Reflection, BLUEGRASS is certainly bred in the purple, although you wouldn’t have thought it when the colt finished down the field at the Curragh on debut.
He stepped forward significantly on that, however, when running out a length and a half winner back at the Curragh last time.
This represents a step up in class, but he would certainly enter calculations if bidding to provide his yard with a third Royal Lodge winner in four years.
TENEBRISM – (2:25 Newmarket, Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes)
Fourth foal out of dual Group 1 winner Immortal Verse. TENEBRISM justified favouritism when making a victorious debut in a Naas maiden back in March.
Royal Ascot was nominated as a likely target immediately after that success, but Tenebrism has clearly had her issues – having failed to make the track since.
Whilst the absence is an obvious concern, Tenebrism showed enough in that Naas maiden to suggest that she is an above-average filly, and this has proven another good race for Aidan O’Brien down the years, with the master trainer sending out three of the last five winners.
GLOUNTHAUNE – (3:00 Newmarket, Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes)
Aidan O’Brien took this prize in 2017 with U S Navy Flag, and in 2018 with Ten Sovereigns, and he has three potential runners this year, with GLOUNTHAUNE rated as the strongest of them.
This colt was picked up for 350,000 guineas as a yearling and is from the family of the likes of Santiago and Tamayuz. Sent off the joint-favourite for a maiden at the Curragh on debut in April, Glounthaune justified that market support, showing a good attitude to run out a neck winner.
The runner-up that day – Castle Star – has done plenty for the form since, being now rated 109 after finishing second in the Group 2 Railway Stakes and fourth in the Group 1 Pheonix Stakes.
Glounthaune himself has failed to race since that aforementioned Curragh win, which is obviously a slight concern, but connections think enough of him to retain his entry in Saturday’s Group 1, and that gives a strong indicator of just how highly regarded he is.