Tattersalls Stakes – Our 1-2-3 Verdict For Thursday’s Group 3 At Newmarket

Just four runners go to post for Thursday’s feature race – the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket.

Charlie Appleby and William Buick have teamed up to win the last two renewals, can they land the hat-trick here with Victory Dance?

Find out who we’re siding with in our 1-2-3 prediction for the race ↓

1st – Victory Dance (7/4)

Charlie Appleby and William Buick have teamed up to win the last two renewals – with La Barrosa in 2020 and Modern Games last year. They look to have a fantastic chance of landing the hat-trick with VICTORY DANCE

After making a winning debut at Newmarket, he stepped up to Group 2 company for the Superlative Stakes, only narrowly missing out by a head to Isaac Shelby. He then dropped back to Listed company last month in the Denford Stakes, where he ran out a comfortable winner over Ferrari Queen. That runner has since finished fifth in the Group 2 May Hill Stakes, and Victory Dance beat him with minimal fuss, so he should be able to handle the step back into Group company here. 

Godolphin had the option of running Desert Order in this, but opted to side with Victory Dance, and that could prove a wise move as he bids to land a third win from just four starts. Both Charlie Appleby and William Buick are in red-hot form of late, so it should pay to side with their runner in a race they’ve dominated in recent years.

2nd – Holloway Boy (7/4)

Karl Burke has done incredibly well with his 2YO’s this season, and HOLLOWAY BOY has been one of his star performers in that department. 

He was a 40/1 outsider when lining up in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, but ran out a cosy winner that day and followed up with a ½ length defeat by Marbaan in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. That was a solid effort, and the form of that race had a welcome boost, with third-placed Mysterious Night going out and winning twice since, including the Grade 1 Summer Stakes over in Canada. 

Trainer Karl Burke hasn’t had the best record in this race however, with his last two runners finishing down the field – Natural Order finished 6th in 2014 and Myboyhenry was 8th in 2017. With the proven record of Charlie Appleby in the race, preference is for his runner over Holloway Boy.

3rd – Nostrum (15/8)

NOSTRUM could be absolutely anything here after a comfortable success on debut, but he doesn’t appear to have beaten much that day and with both Victory Dance and Holloway Boy already proving themselves in Group company, Sir Michael Stoute’s colt may have to settle for third place. 

It was a taking debut though, where he finished three lengths clear of the Appleby/Buick runner Golden Speech. He also beat Arrest (3rd) and Batemans Boy (5th), who both went out to win in class 4 company next time. 

The fact just two horses have come out and won since doesn’t bode all that well for Nostrum’s chances here, but he did win that race in impressive fashion. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares in pattern company, but we can’t see him finishing ahead of Victory Dance or Holloway Boy.


1st – Victory Dance

2nd – Holloway Boy

3rd – Nostrum

*Odds Correct At Time Of Posting – 9:35am Wednesday 20th September*