Today’s horse racing preview selections come from Newmarket with three selections from the meeting and the first day of the Breeder’s Cup from Del Mar in California, with two selections from the meeting, taking place this evening.
13.45 Newmarket – Irish Stallion Farms ‘EBF’ Bosra Sham Fillies Stakes (Listed) (6f)
ONE MINUTE (98)
Aurora Eclipse (90)
Willie Haggas’s One Minute comes here with a wealth of experience already, she is still unknown quality around the six furlong index after her fourth in the Group 3 Dick Poole Fillies Stakes at Salisbury back in September. Her last visit here did not end well when finishing last over seven furlongs in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes, she was in touch up to the point she hit the rising ground which by then the distance had beaten her, back over a quick six she should build on this.
Irish raider Abamanova has bagged a reasonable draw in stall eight, she lookerd a nice prospect when taking her maiden at Bellewstown, but has failed to impress since when finishing last of ten in the Listed Legacy Stakes, the third rated here Aurora Eclipse was seen finishing twelve lengths in front of her, a tough ask to hold that line of form.
This looks an easier task, despite what her opposition have run up to they do not hold her ability. One that could catch the eye at a price is Michael Bells Revived who ran close to Threading on debut to go on and win her novice run at Redcar back in August. Has been coached through nicely and is not out of this by any means.
ONE MINUTE : 2pt Win @ SP (BOG)
14.20 Newmarket – Quy Mill Hotel & Spa Conditions Stakes (6f)
SPIRITUAL LADY (95)
This looks a match up from the top two in the market with the narrow vote going to last years Bosra Sham winner, Spiritual Lady. She was last seen finishing midfield in the Listed Boadicea Listed Stakes over course and distance.
However, she rates a few pounds ahead of her nearest rival Rajar who is a double course and distance winner last summer, but has failed to shine since slapped with a 10lb penalty, will find things tough against the selection here.
SPIRITUAL LADY : 3pt Win @ SP (BOG)
14.55 Newmarket – EBFStallions.com Quy Mill Hotel & Spa Fillies Handicap (12f)
Star Story (82)
Not the greatest of races with Hugo Palmer’s Fleabiscuit expected to her current mark of 88 on what she has achieved so far. Despite her twenty two lengths defeat to Rhododendron in the Group 1 Fillies Mile, she steps up into unknown territory on index, however this is a significant drop in class and should be winning this.
Best of the rest could be Ralph Becketts lightly raced daughter of Sea The Stars, Star Story, who is stepping also up in trip to an index that her sire was impressive over when landing the Arc. I just cannot entertain the rest on what ability and level they have been competing.
FLEABISCUIT : 3pt Win @ SP (BOG)
20.10 Del Mar – Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes (Dirt) (7f)
I am a big fan of jockey Kent Desormeaux who rides Jeff Bonde’s Ismelucky, she made light work after a four month break when landing a valuable stakes race at Los Alamitos, she will have to fend off the likes of Spiced Perfection and One More Board and the selection in Show it N Moe it.
Even though she finished behind Spiced Perfection over course and distance she gets the 4lb back this afternoon and should reverse that form for Gary Sherlock and permanent jockey Evin Roman.
SHOW IT ‘N’ MOE IT : 2pt Win @ SP (BOG)
23.35 Del Mar – Longines Breeders Cup Distaff (Grade 1) (9f)
Very hard to see past John Sadler’s Stellar Wind here, the daughter of the mighty Curlin was very impressive when putting comfortable daylight between her and Bob Baffert’s Vale Dori, the third Faithfully also trained by BB has run creditably twice since finishing runner up to the very smart Paradise Woods at Santa Anita.
It’s hard to see who can over come the likely favourite here, as we well and truly know Mike Smith is no stranger to Breeders Cup glory, he rides here Bob Baffert’s Abel Tasman who was last seen beating Elate by two lengths at Saratoga, they meet once more here and I could see tht form being reversed this time around.
STELLAR WIND : 3pt Win @ 7/4 (BOG)