3 things to look out for during the Craven meeting at Newmarket

By on April 18, 2017

The turf season really kicks off today with the three day Craven Meeting at Newmarket.

Here are 3 highlights to keep an eye on…


1. The Craven Stakes On Thursday.

Will Rivet nail down the Frankel trio?

William Haggas unleashes the Racing Post Trophy winner Rivet in the Bet365 Craven Stakes on Thursday.

Rivet has not raced since he beat Aidan O’Brien’s Youcatan in the Doncaster Group One in October.

The son of Australian sire Fastnet Rock is as big as 20-1 for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, having not handled the Dip when trounced by Aidan O’Brien’s Churchill last season.

With that performance still in the memory, Rivet could well be vulnerable and faces another crack runner from Ballydoyle in War Decree.

The Vintage Stakes winner beat Godolphin duo Thunder Snow and Boynton at Goodwood in July.

Thunder Snow has subsequently become a star in Dubai this winter by winning the UAE Derby, while Boynton beat War Decree in the Superlative Stakes on the July Course last summer.

Rivet’s sternest challenge may come from the three Frankel runners.

The highest-rated horse to grace the turf has three representatives in the three-day meeting’s feature race when Godolphin’s Dream Castle, Martyn Meade’s well-regarded Eminent and the grey Frankuus take their chance in the Group Three showpiece.


2. The Earl Of Sefton Stakes on Wednesday.

This race has a rich history of producing top-class winners down the years.

International Stakes and Eclipse Stakes winners Notnowcato (2006) and Ezzoud (1993) both took the Newmarket Group Three event en route to bigger and greater things, while Ela-Mana-Mou (1980) and Manduro (2007) used the 1m1f contest as a springboard to subsequent Royal Ascot success in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

There might not be a horse with that sort of class runningon Wednesday, but the £60,000 still looks a cracker, with the Lincoln and Cambridgeshire winners set to clash.

Bravery received an inspired ride from Danny Tudhope to win the Doncaster spring showpiece earlier this month, while the consistent Spark Plug won on his first start on the Rowley Mile when defeating 30 others in September.

Viren’s Army and Autocratic both won last time out and with Folkswood edged out of the Group One Jebel Hatta at Meydan last time it looks a solid renewal.


3. The Nell Gwyn Stakes on Wednesday.

A re-match in this race between Brave Anna and Roly Poly, after they both beat Lady Aurelia in the Cheveley Park Stakes in September, would be worth a significant portion of the entry fee alone.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained fillies are unlikely to have the race to themselves again, however.

French maestro Andre Fabre has saddled six winners from just 15 runners on the Rowley Mile in the past five seasons and brings over Pamplemousse.

The once-raced daughter of Group One winner Siyouni now vies for favouritism with Roly Poly at 7-2.

Sea Of Grace, who has transferred from John Oxx to William Haggas, is as short as 12-1 for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, while Andrew Balding’s Poet’s Vanity is between 16-1 and 20-1 for the fillies’ Classic.


It’s sure to be a cracking meeting.

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Have a great week,
Kris Jackman | Founder Tipster Supermarket

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