2019 Two Year Old Trophy Tips – Two outsiders to side with in Redcar’s Saturday highlight

A view of the home straight here at Redcar.

A view of the home straight here at Redcar.

Our expert takes a look through the vast list of entries for this lucrative Listed race and highlights two horses to back at Redcar on Saturday 5th October.

While this six-furlong dash may only hold Listed status, a bountiful first prize of almost £100k will be handed out after Saturday’s renewal of the Two Year Old Trophy. The lure of this lucrative reward has seen many top juveniles showcase their talents at Redcar down the years, with the names of Pipalong, Somnus and Limato shining bright on the honour’s boards around this Yorkshire venue.

Currently, there are over 40 horses entered into Saturday’s renewal, with Richard Fahey’s Summer Sands – a surprise placer in last weekend’s Middle Park Stakes – comfortably leading the way in the betting. The favourite’s dominance with the bookmakers leaves many top contenders sitting on lengthy prices and our expert has highlighted two who could run well beyond their current odds.

2019 Two Year Old Trophy Tips

A look through the recent history of this Listed contest will tell you that highly-rated horses often come out on top. Experience in Grouped races is valuable and winning form over six furlongs is a must. Outside of Summer Sands, the one who ticks most of the boxes is DUBAI STATION (BACKED INTO 12/1) and he will be a big player on Saturday, should Karl Burke’s colt take up his entry.

Following a narrow loss to Oh Purple Reign on debut, Dubai Station was dropped back to five furlongs, winning a maiden on his second start on soft ground at Haydock before running a fantastic race at Royal Ascot, crossing the line third behind A’Ali in the Norfolk Stakes.

Burke rewarded his charge with a maiden voyage to France and Dubai Station took the step back up up to six-furlongs in his stride, staying on well for third behind the dominant Earthlight in the Prix de Cabourg. A second Group Two outing of the season followed during the Ebor Festival, but Dubai Station struggled, fading badly to finish eleventh of twelve in the Gimcrack Stakes.

Dubai Station is out of the first crop of colts by former Aussie Champion Sprinter Brazen Beau, and his progeny have already shown a clear liking for soft ground. The fast going at York that day was never going to be to Dubai Station’s liking and his runs at Ascot and Deauville show he’s a group-level performer when ground conditions are to his liking.

Dubai Station

Dubai Station (fifth right, white) staying on gamely for third in the Norfolk Stakes.

Another who will relish the soft underfoot conditions at Redcar this weekend is GLASVEGAS (BACKED INTO 14/1). Keith Dalgleish won this race 12 months ago with Summer Daydream and he will have high hopes for Glasvegas, after watching his colt bounce back to winning ways at Hamilton two weeks ago.

Like Dubai Station, Glasvegas began this season running over five furlongs. Dalgleish’s colt went into the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot on the back of a narrow victory at Hamilton and managed to run well beyond his 25/1 price tag, following Southern Hills and Platinum Star home in third.

Glasvegas was then fancied by many to win a similar race to this, the £300k 2-Y-O Stakes at Doncaster on his following start. David Egan’s mount, however, was a little outpaced at a crucial stage and his late effort was only good enough to claim eighth. Dalgleish will have been relieved to see his top juvenile carry odds of 1/6 to victory the last day and, on suitably soft ground, Glasvegas can improve on his finish at Doncaster by challenging for the victory at Redcar.