Notebooks out: Six who caught the eye in defeat at Newmarket’s July Meeting
Monday 17 July 2017
There was plenty of intriguing action at Newmarket's July meeting. Harry Allwood kept a close eye on the three days and suggests six losers who should soon be winning
The daughter of Dubawi made a promising return to action in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes on Friday, finding only the Aidan O’Brien-trained Roly Poly too good.
Before the race William Buick, her jockey, said she was likely to need the run having been off the track since winning the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly in October last year. She had been absent due to suffering a stress fracture to her right hind leg in April.
She could potentially step up in trip now and the Nassau Stakes over 10 furlongs at Goodwood in August is an option. If she remains over a mile, the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown in September is a possibility.
She looks suited by fast ground and there is more to come from her.
The son of Excelebration looked an unlucky loser when third in the bet365 Handicap over six furlongs on Thursday. Held up off the pace, he was denied a clear run before finishing strongly to be beaten less than a length behind Ekhtiyaar.
He had previously run two disappointing races after winning a maiden over seven furlongs at Newbury in August last year, the form of which has worked out well.
The valuable Ayr Gold Cup over six furlongs in September looks an ideal target for the three-year-old and he seems suited by fast ground.
Having had only five runs, there should be more to come and he looks capable of landing a big handicap this season.
Seven-year-old Foxy Forever again looked a winner in waiting when finishing fifth behind Shamshon in the five-furlong handicap on Thursday off a mark of 81. He did not get the clearest run at a crucial stage and was still in last place a furlong out.
On his previous start, he was slowly into stride and looked slightly unlucky when finishing third over the same trip at Sandown.
The son of Kodiac has won off a mark of 89 in the past so is potentially well handicapped and seems versatile ground-wise. He’s worth following and should be able to gain a sixth career victory before the end of the season.
Makzeem ran a career best to finish second behind the well-handicapped Parfait in the Silver Bunbury Cup over seven furlongs on Friday.
The four-year-old, who is a three-parts brother to four-time Group One winner Al Kazeem, was a winner over course and distance the time before on his first start over seven furlongs. His breeding suggests he would be suited over further, but this looks his optimum trip in my opinion.
He has won and twice finished second at Newmarket now so I would not be surprised to see him run at the track again next time out. He should remain competitive in similar handicaps this season on decent ground.
Doswell, who was making his racecourse debut, kept on nicely in the seven-furlong maiden on Friday to finish a head behind the pricey Godolphin-owned Being There.
The son of Giant's Causeway was friendless in the betting and showed his greenness in the preliminaries beforehand. The mount of Robert Tart was caught out wide and did well to finish as close as he did to the winner, who had the benefit of a recent run.
He should be able to win a similar maiden before the end of the season and is likely to stay further being by his versatile sire.
Roulette, who was sent off a 33-1 chance, ran an eye-catching race in the seven-furlong maiden on Saturday. She was seemingly unfancied beforehand against rivals who had some impressive pedigrees in what could turn out to be a strong event.
The daughter of Group One-winning miler Poet’s Voice was slowly into stride and was badly hampered a furlong out before staying on strongly.
The way in which she ran, and her pedigree, suggests she will be better suited over a mile and the two-year-old should have learnt plenty from this run. I would be surprised if she has not won a maiden by the end of the season.