Wednesday, 03rd Jun 2020
Powerful global owners Godolphin have won two of the last four renewals of the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket, and Terebellum appeals in this year’s renewal of the 1m 2f Group 2 contest this weekend (14:25).
Part of the changes to the Guineas Festival Saturday card is this race for older and fillies and mares has an extra furlong of distance. Terebellum is one of two in the race for her owners.
Trained by John Gosden, this four-year-old daughter of Sea The Stars is two from four at the trip. In Terrebellum, he has a previous winner in this grade over in France.
After winning her maiden readily at Goodwood, she was far from disgraced when going straight into Listed company and third to Antonia De Vega at Newbury.
Terebellum took a step forward for that, however, when landing the Prix de la Nonette at Deauville comfortably. She then found very soft ground against her when a creditable fifth in the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera.
That is one of the top French races for fillies and mares held on Arc weekend at Longchamp. As Terebellum was only beaten by 1 1/4 lengths.
A return to a sounder surface in this renewal of the Dahlia Stakes looks a plus. Gosden has also started the resumption of British horse racing with winners and Frankie Dettori is now back on board.
The beloved Italian jockey used to be Godolphin’s retained rider. As Terebellum gets 3lb from the owners’ other entry, Magic Lily, and shares top rating of 110, she should win this.
Local trainer Gosden and Dettori have claims of a Guineas Festival Saturday double with Waldkonig in the Listed 1m 2f Newmarket Stakes (15:00).
This Classic trial for the Epsom Derby is for three-year-old colts and geldings only. In Waldkonig, connections have an impressive nine-length winner on his sole career start.
That came in December over a mile on the all-weather at Wolverhampton. Waldkonig was value for more than the winning margin as he was eased down close home.
What the Kingman colt beat can be called into question, but the way he dispensed with his rivals was taking. A race like the Newmarket Stakes demands plenty more, but he’s open to all the progress in the world.
Waldkonig could be anything. Although Gosden has three in the race including Saudi Derby runner-up Mishriff, the market sides with Dettori’s mount.
A Guineas Festival Saturday double with Terebellum and Waldkonig is well worth looking at.
Fillies and mares have a fine recent record in the 5f Group 3 Palace House Stakes sprint earlier on the card (13:50), so Shades Of Blue is of interest.
Trained by Clive Cox, this four-year-old daughter of Kodiac has only finished out of the frame once in nine starts. That came on very soft ground in the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp at the end of last season.
Either the going didn’t suit Shades Of Blue or it was a case of one race too many. Prior to that, she was a narrow second twice in this grade.
Shades Of Blue is a consistent filly who has only been beaten by more than a length on good ground once. Against some old favourites and getting weight from all but two of her 12 rivals, she looks worth chancing each-way.
Off these terms, Shades Of Blue only has 1lb to find with ratings topper Judicial – the oldest horse in the Palace House Stakes aged eight.
It doesn’t make sense that she is twice the price of Julie Camacho’s veteran. Punters should look out for bookies offering extra places on this race.