Newmarket Future Champions Day Betting Tips – 13th October 2018

Galloping Racehorse

This coming Saturday sees one of the very best single days of racing of the autumn months take place at Newmarket, as the tracks two-day Future Champions meeting brings us a glimpse of some of the stars of the next few seasons.

Always a meeting to pay close attention to, particularly in regard to next season’s Classic’s, it seems likely we will have at least one potential superstar on display once again this year.

We have seven contests on offer in all, five of which are rated at Listed level or above. Topping the pile amongst these is the Group 1 highlight of the Dewhurst Stakes, which has historically been one of the very best juvenile contests run anywhere in the world. Despite all of this high class action, handicapping fans still have plenty to sink their teeth into, with the historic Cesarewitch also featuring prominently on the card.

1:50pm – Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes (Listed), 1m2f

Norway To Win at 7/2 with BetVictor

Listed class juvenile action kicks off proceedings in a race won by St Leger hero Kew Gardens 12 months ago. We will be taking Kew Gardens trainer Aidan O’Brien to strike once again this year, with Norway fancied to be the horse to do it. This one is from an excellent family – being a full brother to both Derby winner, Ruler Of The World, and the talented Duke Of Marmalade – and has improved with every run to date. Romping right away with his maiden over 1m last time out at Naas, both his pedigree and style of running suggest that this step up in trip ought to suit him well.

2:25pm – Masar Godolphin Autumn Stakes (Group 3), 1m

Circus Maximus each way at 8/1 with bet365

Hopefully O’Brien will enjoy a fruitful afternoon on the Rowley Mile today, as it is another of his runners who will be carrying our cash in the second race. There was much to like about Magna Grecia’s debut success last time out for the Ballydoyle handler and it will be interesting to see how he gets on here. Narrow preference however is for another of the O’Brien runners in the field.

Like many O’Brien inmates, Circus Maximus looked in need of the outing when fifth on debut at the Curragh, and he duly stepped up markedly on that effort when scoring at Gowran Park on his second outing. That race certainly wasn’t without incident as this son of Galileo didn’t seem to be enjoying the heavy ground entering the final furlong when veering right across the track. The fact that he still pulled two lengths clear once straightened up for home suggests this one has a serious engine under his bonnet and he looks worth a bet here.

3:00pm – Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1), 7f

Too Darn Hot to win at Evens with BetVictor

Next up the big Group 1 contest of the day and one the most anticipated juvenile events of the entire season, as the cream of the current two year old crop do battle over 7f. In the past decade Churchill, Dawn Approach and of course Frankel have all taken this prior to landing the subsequent season’s 2000 Guineas, and no doubt connections of this year’s contenders will be hoping their representatives can tread a similar path.

Aidan O’Brien is going for a fourth consecutive win in this race, and a win for his Anthony Van Dyke would pay a handsome compliment to his National Stakes conqueror, Quorto. Sir Michael Stoute’s Sangarius is another most interesting contender with the son of Nathaniel having made quite an impression in his two starts to date.

The one they likely all have to beat though is John Gosden’s, Too Darn Hot. Having looked something a little out of the ordinary when routing the opposition on debut, he has handled the step up to first Group 3 and then Group 2 company with aplomb on his two subsequent starts. This really will be the acid test as to whether he deserves his place at the head of the 2000 Guineas market but we fancy he is up to the job.

3:40pm – Dubai £500,000 Cesarewitch Stakes (Class 2), 2m2f

Southern France to win at 9/1 with bet365

From a small field Group 1 contest to a 34 runner handicap, this Newmarket card certainly isn’t found wanting in the variety department. Stamina is the name of the game here as the runners and riders go to post for the 2018 Cesarewitch. Acting as the second leg of the famed Autumn Double, this is one of the top events of its type on the racing calendar.

The British have kept this prize on home soil in each of the past ten years, but the market would suggest that may change this year, with the top four in the current betting all hailing from Ireland. Three of those runners go for Willie Mullins, including the high class hurdler, Limini and promising Low Sun. His biggest chance -according to the betting at least – is JLT Cup winner, Stratum. A repeat of that Newbury effort would make him tough to beat, but he rarely seems to string two good runs together and we will look elsewhere.

The one we keep coming back too here is the Aidan O’Brien runner, Southern France. Unraced at two, this three year old son of Galileo is quickly making up into a smart staying performer. Even the 1m6f of the St. Leger didn’t look far enough for him last time out, in a race in which he found only Kew Gardens and Lah Ti Dar too good. Dropping down from a Classic contest and into a Class 2 handicap, there must be a chance that he will prove well handicapped off 107 now stepping up further in trip.

4:15pm – #Mydubai Nursery Handicap (Class 2), 7f

Barristan The Bold to win 

Take a chance on the top weight Barristan The Bold in the Nursery Handicap. Twice a winner over this 7f trip, he’s now eight pounds higher than when scoring in his most recent handicap, but does have the assistance of three pounds claimer Paddy Pilley to partially offset that. Looking in rude health when landing a Novice contest by three lengths last time out, he has fewer questions to answer than most of his rivals and looks worth a punt.

4:50pm – Dubai Life British EBF Boadicea Stakes (Listed), 6f

Different League to win 

High numbers have held the edge in this event in recent years, with four of the past five winners emerging from a double figure stall and only one of the last seven being drawn in stall seven or below. We will bank on that trend continuing this year with Aidan O’Brien’s, Different League, the one fancied to come home in front. Last season’s Albany winner has been plying her trade at the very top level of late, and whilst she has been beaten in each of her last 10 starts now, there have been signs of encouragement recently and this drop back down to Listed level may well work the oracle.

5:25pm – Darley Stakes (Group 3), 1m1f

Trais Fluors each way 

Take Andre Fabre to strike for France in the finale with his four year old, Trais Fluors. Previously a winner in this grade, he hasn’t managed to get his head in front this season, but has run a few solid races in defeat, including in the Summer Mile at Ascot. The hold-up tactics were way overdone that day but he was still only beaten four lengths and the manner in which he finished suggested that this additional furlong in distance may suit him well. Any improvement brought about by the application of first time cheek pieces here ought to put him firmly in the mix.