ITV Racing Saturday Newmarket, Goodwood & Thirsk Preview

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Newmarket - May 05 2023
Newmarket 13:15
Connor Beasley

Gale Force Maya

J: Connor Beasley
T: Michael Dods
Age: 7
Weight: 9-11
OR: 106
Days: 210

The first race of the afternoon on ITV is the Listed Ellen Chaloner Stakes over 6f and we have gone with the proven Gale Force Maya for trainer Michael Dods.

A winner on seasonal debut last season in a Class 2 Handicap off a mark of 98, she then ran no race when upped to Listed level at Newmarket and Haydock but got back to form next time in a Handicap off a mark of 99.

Sent into a Group Three at York she was a good third behind smart sprinter Flotus and then over the same course and distance landed the Sky Bet Dash Handicap off a mark of 104.

Seen next at Pontefract she was a good second in the Listed Flying Fillies' Stakes, but back at York in September got back to winning ways in a good Listed event, bolting up on this occasion.

In a rich vein of form she made it two wins on the bounce at Ayr in the Scottish Sprint Stakes off a mark of 107.

Finishing out the season at Ascot when running no race in the Group Three Bengough Stakes and then fourth in a Listed event at Newmarket behind some of her rivals on Saturday.

Having a decent record fresh, a fair record at this track and highly proven sprinter at this trip, she looked one of the more likely types to run her race.

Newmarket - May 05 2023
Newmarket 13:50
Oisin Murphy


J: Oisin Murphy
T: Roger Teal
Age: 5
Weight: 9-2
OR: 97
Days: 26

Staying at Newmarket for the next event and it is another tricky sprinting event with the Howden Handicap over 6f seeing a very competitive field go to post and we have dutched two against the field.

The first is the Roger Teal trained Blackrod who landed this event last year off a mark of 95, beating 16 other rivals with a bit in hand.

A smart sprinter at the back end of the 2021 season set him up perfectly for that event winning twice and finishing a good third in the 24 runner Ayr Silver Cup, however after his Newmarket win he fell off the wagon slightly.

Seventh of 26 at Royal Ascot in the Wokingham Stakes, he then ran two poor races to end the season in the Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon and Listed Garrowby Stakes at York.

Back this season when obviously needing the run at Kempton in a decent Class 2 Handicap over 6f, he should strip much fitter for that run and back at a track off only 2lb higher than his last winning mark he could go close.

Oisin Murphy takes the ride.

Newmarket - May 05 2023
Newmarket 13:50
Frederick Larson

Juan Les Pins

J: Frederick Larson
T: Michael Appleby
Age: 6
Weight: 8-12
OR: 93
Days: 18

The second at slightly bigger odds is the Mick Appleby trained Juan Les Pins who now back at 6f can run his true race.

A winner of four straight races from June 2022 to August 2022, seeing his handicap mark go from 70 to a mark of 85, then went into a better race at Doncaster in September on soft ground finished seventh of 13 only finishing 3 1/2 lengths behind the winner.

Sent to Ayr for his final run of the season on better ground he got back to form when running a cracker behind Summerghand and Commanche Falls to finish third of 24 in the Ayr Gold Cup.

Tried at 7f on his seasonal debut this term at Newmarket, it did not work out probably not staying the trip but back at his preferred trip of 6f on Saturday off only 1lb higher than his third at Ayr, he should go better than last time.

At 20/1 he looks a big each way player, especially with jockey Frederick Larson taking off a valuable 3lb.

Goodwood - May 05 2023
Goodwood 14:05
Robert Havlin


J: Robert Havlin
T: John & Thady Gosden
Age: 4
Weight: 9-6
OR: 93
Days: 322

The only race of the afternoon on ITV from Goodwood is the William Hill Epic Value Handicap over 1m2f and the horse that catches the eye is Honiton for John & Thady Gosden.

A horse that threatened on a few occasions to get off the mark at the start of his career but just bumping into some nice types, he was third on his second start at Newbury behind My Prospero and Thesis, second at Chester behind Secret State and third behind Eldar Eldarov.

His form stacked up with many of those horses going on to win much better races, he then himself got off the mark next time out at Sandown when bolting up by nine lengths in a Maiden Stakes over 1m2f.

However, at Royal Ascot he undid all that good work by running no race in the Golden Gate Stakes won by the smart Missed The Cut.

Dropped 1lb for that run to a mark of 93, this is a much easier event and been given plenty of time to mature he could have much more class to show.

Newmarket - May 05 2023
Newmarket 14:25
George Bass


J: George Bass
T: Jack Channon
Age: 5
Weight: 8-12
OR: 93
Days: 35

Another big fielded handicap comes from Newmarket with the Suffolk Stakes always a tricky punting race but it does offer some nice value and this year we think that comes from the Jack Channon trained Majestic.

A horse that ran extremely well at the back end of last season with some nice placed efforts over a mile then turned that into a winning performance on his final run of the season when taking the 28 runner Cambridgeshire Handicap over course and distance off a mark of 86.

Sent to Doncaster for his first of the 2023 season he ran a cracker to finish fourth of 22 runners in the Lincoln Handicap over a mile.

Preferring better ground than that of the heavy at Doncaster, he gets that on Saturday and off the same mark of 93 he can go well at a track he has performed well at.

Thirsk - May 05 2023
Thirsk 14:40
Graham Lee


J: Graham Lee
T: Julie Camacho
Age: 6
Weight: 9-12
OR: 97
Days: 14

Thirsk's only race on the ITV show is the very competitive Thirsk Hunt Cup Handicap over a mile and Symbolize for new trainer Julie Camacho could go well.

A horse who lost his way in 2022 for Andrew Balding and off the back of that was sold and moved trainers to Julie Camacho.

However, back in 2021 he had some solid back form finishing second at Ascot in the October in a good 7f Handicap and backed that up at the same track over a mile when second behind Aldaary in the Balmoral Handicap off the same mark of 102.

Symbolize does pose a good record at Thirsk having ran at the track three times, winning on his first start at the track over 7f in a Conditions Stakes and then when last seen there on seasonal debut last term finishing second behind the talented Mutasaabeq.

Starting this season off a mark of 99 at Thirsk on his third run at the track he was a fair fourth of seven in a decent event and now dropped 2lb for that run he looks a player going back up to a mile.

Newmarket - May 05 2023
Newmarket 15:00
Ryan Moore

Twilight Calls

J: Ryan Moore
T: Henry Candy
Age: 5
Weight: 9-9
OR: 108
Days: 326

The first Group race of the afternoon at flat racing HQ sees the Group Three Palace House Stakes and Twilight Calls for trainer Henry Candy holds some exceptional form.

A course and distance winner on his first run of last term in a Handicap at Newmarket off a mark of 94, he was then sent into better races and ran to a credible level.

Over the same course and distance in this race last year he finished a good fifth behind winner Khaadem, finishing less than two lengths behind the winner.

Sent into the Group Two Temple Stakes at Haydock he ran another superb race to only go down by a head back in second behind smart sprinter King's Lynn.

Upping his game on his final start of last term when stepped up to the Group One King's Stands Stakes at Royal Ascot, he only found one too good and that was the superb Australian sprinter Nature Strip.

He has been off the track for almost a year but having a decent record fresh and a winner over this course and distance already in his career, he should go close.

Newmarket - May 05 2023
Newmarket 15:40
Ryan Moore

Auguste Rodin

J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 118
Days: 196

The feature event of the Newmarket card on Saturday is the first Classic of the season with the 2000 Guineas seeing 14 runners going to post.

We have picked out a win and each way selection and the first is the favourite Auguste Rodin who looks to be a serious animal for Aidan O'Brien.

A horse with a superb pedigree related to the multiple Group One winner Magical, he started his career off when second over 7f at the Curragh behind Crypto Force.

Seen three more times since that run he has gone unbeaten landing a Maiden at Naas in July and off the back of that went to Leopardstown and took the Group Two Champions Juvenile Stakes.

Last seen on heavy ground at Doncaster in the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes over a mile he made a mockery of the field to land the event by close to four lengths.

A horse who is versatile when it comes to ground could have a huge season and although maybe wanting further later on this season, he has shown enough to date to suggest he is the class act in this field.

Newmarket - May 05 2023
Newmarket 15:40
David Egan


J: David Egan
T: Roger Varian
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 114
Days: 231

At a bigger price is the Roger Varian trained Sakheer who is a more riskier selection with it unsure whether he does stay the mile, but if doing so could have a big part to play.

Second at Windsor on his career debut behind a nice type in Magical Sunset, he then went unbeaten on his two final runs both over 6f.

Getting off the mark at Haydock in a Novice Stakes when bolting up by six lengths, he then stepped up in class to the Group Two Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury and again showed bundles of pace to win easily.

Horses that have never ran over 7f or above and heading into the Guineas don't have a great record but from his pedigree it suggests he will get the mile and if doing so he could have enough pace to see off the field.