Saturday Racing Preview: Newbury & York
The horse racing on the flat continues to come thick and fast with more high-quality action taking placing for Newbury and York live on ITV Racing. The featured race will be the Group 3 Bet365 Hackwood Stakes at 4:00, but there is still more than enough to whet the appetite before then.
Newbury 4:00- Bet365 Hackwood Stakes (Group 3)
The big race of the day on ITV will be the Group 3 race that is run over six furlongs. It has been at Group 3 status since 2006, and there are a number of horses involved in the running on Saturday that will be targeted Group 1 success later in the year. Previous winners of the race include High Standing, Deacon Blues and Music Master.
Meanwhile, there is another previous winner at the front of the betting in the form of The Tin Man. The eight-year-old won this race back in 2016 and will be looking to become the first horse to win the race more than once. He hasn’t been in the best form this season, as the best he has mustered was a second-place finish in the Betfair Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock. However, he is the one-standout contender in this race.
Judicial may have something to say about that, as the Julie Camacho-trained horse has won two of his previous three starts. However, it is a quick turnaround from his success at Newcastle on the all-weather track. Rock On Baileys and Shabaaby are both available at bigger prices and have been in progressive form this season.
Repartee could be the one for punters as he won last time out at Windsor in a listed race. The three-year-old has finished in the top three in his previous three and could be a solid chance as long as the rain keeps off.
York 1:55- John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes (Group 3)
The only other Group action on ITV on Saturday will be the first race from York. The race is open to horses aged four and older and is run over one mile and five furlongs. Previous winners include Rare Rhythm, Dylan Mouth And Red Verdon. This year’s instalment promises to be another open race.
Trueshan heads the ante-post market, with Communique and Universal Order also short prices. Universal Order has been in good form recently having won last time out at Newmarket. However, the preference for this race would be for Hereby, who is trained by Ralph Beckett. Beckett last trained the winner of this race in 2016. Hereby has won four of his previous five starts, and five of his previous six. If the four-year-old can replicate his form from before Christmas, then he will be the outstanding contender in this field.
Newbury 3:25- Bet365 Aphrodite Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race)
One of the most competitive races of the day will be the listed Bet365 Aphrodite Fillies’ Stakes. The race is run over one mile and four furlongs, and the betting is already competitive. Queen Daenerys for Roger Varian leads the betting, while Virgin Snow and La Lune are also prominent. None of the horses among the favourites won last time out, which means that Tribal Craft may be one of the horses that catch the eye for many punters.
Tribal Craft won on the all-weather last time out at Kempton, while Hyanna also enjoyed success last time out with a win at Windsor. Both could be best placed to challenge the favourites, but it could be La Lune that wins a second race in three attempts for Henry Candy.