The horse I am most looking forward to seeing at Newmarket on Saturday is Ten Sovereigns, who looked a bit special when routing 24 rivals on his debut at the Curragh last month and then easily followed up just a week later in Group Three company at the same track.
It’s unusual for a potential top-notcher to run twice in the space of seven days but Aidan O’Brien has his own methods and even his stars are not wrapped in cotton wool. After all, he ran Saxon Warrior, his 2,000 Guineas winner, in the Coral-Eclipse just a week after he had contested the Irish Derby.
Ten Sovereigns is not a betting proposition at a general 8-11 but if there is a star of the future on the card, then it is probably him.
Here is my cash will be going.
Arthur Kitt should be favourite in my book because he showed an excellent attitude to land the Chesham at Royal Ascot (Duke Of Hazzard among those behind) and then beat all bar the exciting Too Darn Hot in a strong renewal of the Solario Stakes at Sandown.
The Camelot colt has more to offer, especially stepping up to a mile for the first time, and the general 4-1 looks more than fair.
The unbeaten Beatbox heads the market but he has achieved less than several in the field and John Gosden insists he remains a long way from being the finished product.
Aidan O’Brien has won the past two renewals of the Cheveley Park and you can make a case for each of his three contenders.
Jockey booking suggest Gossamer Wings is his “third string” but I would not worry too much about that and, in any case, it is factored into her chunky price.
She looked unlucky not to win the Queen Mary, when almost getting up after tanking along, and there have been excuses since - five furlongs looking too short on her past two starts. The application of first-time blinkers indicates O’Brien believes she has more in her locker.
Pretty Pollyanna deserves to be favourite but she had little to spare in the Prix Morny and 6-4 looks a bit skinny.
It has been 14 months and 17 races since Final Venture last got his head in front, so he will not be everybody’s cup of tea, but there have been plenty of near-misses during that time and he is worth supporting at a double-figure price.
Paul Midgley’s speedster is only 3lb higher than when touched off by El Astronaute in a 19-runner contest at York’s Ebor meeting and he has since run creditably in two Listed contests, despite circumstances contriving against him.
Hopefully, he will ping the gates and Joe Fanning will let him fly because that is when he seems at his most effective.
The track definitely suits because his last win came in a Listed event, on softish ground, last summer.
As usual, you can make a case for plenty in the Cambridgeshire but my eye is drawn to the Roger Varian pair, who will both carry the colours of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum and are berthed near Kenya, the one habitual front-runner in the field.
Andrea Atzeni is aboard UAE Prince, and that is something of a tip in itself for the lightly-raced five-year-old. He has hinted more than once he has a decent prize in him and his five-month absence is a positive because his form after a break of 149 days or more reads 112.
It should really be 111 because he threw away victory over 1m4f on his return at the Guineas meeting. First-time cheekpieces should help keep his mind on the job and an end-to-end gallop over 9f will play to his strengths.
Sharja Bridge also has few miles on the clock and looked an unlucky loser at York last time. With Atzeni preferring UAE Prince, Silvestre de Sousa has been summoned.
In the build-up to this year’s Cheltenham Festival, Nicky Henderson said Verdana Blue was one of the best workers in his yard and that she would have no trouble winning on the Flat.
Now, he tests that theory with the six-year-old belatedly having her first run on the level.
She boasts a rating of 145 over hurdles and, if able to translate that, should be able to make an impact.
No doubt, this is intended to tune her up for another jumps campaign but Henderson has his team in good order and he will not be sending her to the Essex track just for the night air.
How To Bet £20 on Saturday:
1.50 Newmarket: Arthur Kitt £4 win at a general 4-1
2.25 Newmarket: Gossamer Wings £1.50 each-way at 33-1
3.15 Haydock: Final Venture £2.50 win at a general 11-1
3.40 Newmarket: UAE Prince £2 win and £2 each-way at 16-1
3.40 Newmarket: Sharja Bridge £1 win and £1 each-way at 18-1
7.45 Chelmsford: Verdana Blue £1.50 win
£2.40 Win Patent plus £1.60 each-way treble
1.50 Newmarket: Arthur Kitt (4-1)
3.15 Haydock: Final Venture (11-1)
3.40 Newmarket: UAE Prince (16-1)