Newmarket betting tips: Prince Eiji and Sevenna Star feature among Thursday punts

Horsebetting.com experts give their three best bets for the opening day of Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting on Thursday, 27 September. Prince Eiji rates the NAP on the eight-race card in the feature contest, the Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes for two-year-old colts run over 7f. Trainer John Gosden has a terrific record in the Listed 2m Jockey Club Rose Bowl, so Sevenna Star rates our next best bet to further enhance it with victory in this year’s renewal. Dream Today, meanwhile, has become well-treated and makes plenty of each-way appeal in the 1m handicap. For full details on these horses, read our in-depth preview and Newmarket betting tips for September 27.

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Prince Eiji the Somerville Tattersall punt

Prince Eiji looks a smart prospect when scoring on debut, so is strongly fancied to take the step up into Group 3 company in his stride and land the feature contest at Newmarket on Thursday, the 7f Somverille Tattersall Stakes for juvenile colts (15:35). This well bred son of Dubawi out of Izzi Top hails from the in-form yard of Roger Varian and is 33/1 for next year’s 2000 Guineas.

He earned that quote when readily landing an 11-runner maiden at Ascot by half-a-length from Red Armada earlier in the month. After tracking the leaders travelling strongly, Prince Eiji was produced to take up the running a furlong from home by jockey Andrea Atzeni. He then lengthened well when asked and only had to be ridden out to get the job done.

It was a tender introduction and Prince Eiji was well on top at the line, so value for more than the winning margin. There was simply nothing not to like about the way in which he got the job done – and the form also doesn’t look too shabby on a line through the fourth home Bangkok, who was sent off odds-on.

That one had previously gone down by just a neck to Sangarius on debut in a decent 13-runner maiden on the July course here. Sir Michael Stoute’s charge is a hugely exciting prospect held in the highest regard and bound for the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes, having since gone on to land a Listed contest at Doncaster in good style.

Given that Prince Eiji finished three lengths in front of Bangkok, and beat him with real authority, there are firm reasons to believe he has the potential to make up into a Classic contender. If that is the case, then he ought to be winning this – especially as it doesn’t look the strongest of renewals.

So, with Atzeni once gain in the saddle, and the prospect of stacks more improvement looking assured, Prince Eiji is taken to land the spoils en route to better things and thus rates our best bet on this card among Newmarket tips for September 27.

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Sevenna Star can bloom for Gosden in Rose Bowl

The main supporting race is the Listed 2m Jockey Club Rose Bowl (16:10) and Sevenna Star is taken to cash-in on a drop in class to further enhance trainer John Gosden’s superb record in the race. The Newmarket handler has won four of the last six runnings courtesy of Caucus (2012 and 2013), Flying Officer (2015) and Face The Facts (2017).

In Sevenna Star, he has a lightly raced three-year-old colt who has won two of his six starts and finished in the frame on two occasions. After opening his account with a runaway 14 length success on seasonal reappearance at Windsor, the son of Redoute’s Choice showed a good attitude to follow up in a Group 3 over 1m 2f at Sandown when responding well to pressure to beat Ispolini by a short-head.

The runner-up is a decent sort and the third home Hunting Horn has gone on to land a Group 3 before finishing an excellent short-head second last time out in the Group 2 Prix Niel at Longchamp. That gives the form a solid look in the context of this lower grade contest.

Although Sevenna Star has been well-beaten in two subsequent starts, they have been in The Derby at Epsom and the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York. This is far less demanding and his official rating of 107 is just 3lb lower than than the top rated Sheikhzayedroad.

Given that rival is a fully exposed nine-year-old and has to give 5lb to the selection, it means that Sevenna Star comes out on top on adjusted ratings when taking weight-for-age into account. He also appeals as the type that may have more to offer and is one from two under jockey Frankie Dettori.

Sevenna Star is his chosen mount over stable companion Ben Vrackie, whom Dettori partnered last time out. So, taking everything into account, Sevenna Star looks to have plenty going for him and thus features as the next bet bet in our Newmarket tips for September 27.

Well-weighted Dream Today worth an each-way wager

Dream Today has fallen to a tempting mark and makes plenty of each-way appeal in the 1m Molson Coors Handicap (17:20). This Mark Johnston trained three-year-old has some smart form as a juvenile, winning in good style on debut at York before going on to finish a fine 2 3/4 lengths runner-up in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes over course and distance to get an official rating of 107.

The son of Dream Ahead is yet to score in seven starts this season, but has posted some solid efforts in defeat. They include when a head second in the novice stakes contest at Ayr off 105 and when a solid fourth of 17 to Urban Aspect in a competitive class 2 handicap at York off a mark of 98.

Dream Today also ran well last time out at Carlisle 15 days ago when a staying on 2 1/2 lengths fourth of 11 to the enterprisingly ridden London Protocol. He is now able to race in this class 3 contest off 1lb lower and his revised rating of 96 is a career-low.

It is 11lb lower than the start of this campaign when he competed in a Listed contest at Sandown won by subsequent Group 1 winner Without Parole – so gives him a huge shout at the weights on the pick of his form.

Other pluses are that Dream Today is versatile as regards ground and has the services of the in-form Richard Kingscote in the saddle. Everything looks in place for a huge run and it will therefore be disappointing if Dream Ahead, who has every chance of landing the spoils, does not make the frame at least.

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