Newbury’s superb JLT Lockinge Stakes Day will provide racing fans with some real competitive action on Saturday, with the JLT Lockinge Stakes and the London Gold Cup scheduled.
Declaration Of War has looked an extremely hot prospect for trainer Aiden O’Brien, winning on his last three starts, most previously in a listed contest at Leopardstown in April.
But the big question on the mind of all punters is to whether the exciting colt has the potential to see off a field including some quality one milers, Cityscape, Farhh and Beauty Parlour. The former makes huge appeal on the back of a respected second to Excelebration in October, whilst Farhh, who has finished second to the mighty Frankel on more than one occasion, also represents great value at 5/1 with Ladbrokes. William Hill are offering a special 5/2 price on the favourite O’Brien representative.
The Renewal of the Betfred Mobile Sports London Gold Cup looks very competitive, although Hillstar is a clear favourite having finished a length second to the in-form Soviet Rock at Newmarket last time out.
Stan James are currently going 7/1 for Luca Cumani’s Kitten On The Run. He is unbeaten in four races in Italy and the step up in trip is likely to suit this potential star, who may be worth an each-way bet. Spillway won well in a Sandown Handicap to complete his seasonal hat-trick at the end of April and he is another that adds depth to this tricky heat.
Betfred are offering the best price of 3/1 for the much respected Galileo filly, Gallipot in the JLT Aston Park Stakes in the 2.05. She improved massively from August last year and went on to close the season with a classy 1m4f listed win. Another success here is well within reach and she is one to follow in the coming months.
Champion jockey Richard Hughes is aboard the John Porter winner Harris Tweed, however he prefers softer ground which could cause him problems here.
Signor Sassi represents good value in the 2.40 after changing yards. He needs to improve, but is a proven winner over 6f and has a chance on his seasonal reappearance.
The final day of The Spring Weekend at Newmarket is another option for those wanting to have a flutter on top quality racing. The Rowley Mile will be used for the last time before changing to the July Course for summer.
The King Charles II Stakes is often used as a pathway to the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot and Roger Charlton’s Dundonnell is likely to lead the betting. He was no match for Toronado in the Craven Stakes on his reappearance, but his win in the Acomb over this trip can see him defy a penalty to come out on top.
Baltic Knight is the main threat, having beaten Here Comes When at Newbury on his reappearance, whilst Well Acquainted can make an impact if at his best.
Tha’ir is set to make his seasonal debut in the Fairway Stakes, a race often won by a horse on the up. He is stepping up from 7f for the first time, which is no certainty to suit, giving Chester Vase runner-up Mister Impatience a decent chance.
Secretinthepark has improved with every victory so far, which gives him the vote again in what is expected to be a thrilling renewal of the Sprint Trophy. He beat Brazen and Purcell then, both of whom may secure a place again.
Bangor-on-Dee, Thirsk and Wexford are the other afternoon meetings available, before Doncaster and Uttoxeter get underway to provide the evening action.
Coral are offering price boosts on selected channel four races every 15 minutes from 10am, as well as a free bet refund of up to £25 on win singles if your horse finishes second in the Newmarket 2.20, 2.55 or 3.30.