THREE superb but tricky days kick off at Newmarket and PRINCE EIJI (3.35) is fancied to land the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes.
Roger Varian’s Dubawi colt cost 2,600,000 gns as a yearling and this half-brother to speedy Dreamfield made a winning debut at Ascot three weeks ago. The stable is in top form.
TROUBLE AND STRIFE (6.05) was well on top at the finish over 1m 6f at Catterick last week and a drop in trip shouldn’t prevent her following-up under a fixed penalty at Pontefract.
The first-time cheek-pieces helped Sir Mark Prescott’s filly snap a frustrating run of placed efforts and stable apprentice Gavin Ashton takes off 4lb.
The value of Refrain’s second to Swordbill at Chelmsford City has been well advertised by the winner’s subsequent efforts but this is her first run on turf after six failed attempts on the all-weather.
Front-running EESHA’S SMILE (3.15) hasn’t seen a rival in winning both her starts and Mark Johnston’s filly can defy top weight in the nursery. Franny Norton is sure to adopt similar catch-me-if you-can tactics.
At Kempton, ELECTOR (8.45) should have benefited from a wind operation and returns to action following an 89-day absence. The Queen’s colt had Spanish Archer back in fourth when chasing home Raa Atoll at Nottingham in May and is 8lb better off.
TIFFIN TOP (8.15) needs to defy a horrible wide draw in the 1m 3f handicap but John Gosden’s gelding ran a fine race here 10 days ago when splitting Klassique and Mapped. Blinkers replace cheek-pieces this evening.
- Newmarket 3.35 – Prince Eiji (5-2, McBookie, bet365)
- Pontefract 6.05 – Trouble And Strife (11-8, Paddy Power, Betfred)
- Pontefract 3.15 – Eesha’s Smile (13-8, bet365)
- Kempton 8.15 – Tiffin Top (100-30, bet365)
- Kempton 8.45 – Elector (3-1, Paddy Power)
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