Middle Park Stakes Currently 10 Strong Ahead Of Contest

Middle Park Stakes

The Middle park Stakes looks to be the feature race on Saturday a Newmarket on a card that gives us some very smart Group events throughout the day.

The six furlong events for the juvenile colt has seen some superb renewals over the year and this seasons contest looks to be up there with the best of them.

The big names that are currently entered for the event include Minzaal for Owen Burrows and the Clive Cox trained Supremacy.

Minzaal has been electric this term, having landed the Group Two Gimcrack Stakes last time out at York's Ebor meeting.

He looked to be a rising star for the Owen Burrows yard having made his debut at Ascot in a classy maiden and finishing fourth.

He came on massively for that run and cruised to victory in a Class 5 event at Salisbury, winning by just under four lengths but never coming off the bridle.

In what looked a decent field of juveniles, he again travelled strongly into the six furlong event and when Crowley went for the whip he responded in kind and pulled away from the field to take his first group contest of his career.

(Credit ATR) Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: “That (Middle Park) is the plan for Minzaal.

“Owen has been very happy with him since York. I’m sure he has another bit of work to do later in the week, but provided that goes well, hopefully we’ll see him on Saturday.”

He will step up again to see off the likes of Supremacy who looks another star in the making off the back of what he has shown so far in his short career.

Cox's two year old laid down a big gauntlet for the rest of the juvenile sprinting division by landing the Group Two Richmond Stakes by four lengths at Glorious Goodwood, following in the footsteps of his sire Mehmas.

This came on just his third run in his career, where before he had landed a nice event at Windsor but now Clive Cox is dreaming big with this pacy youngster.

Nando Parrado could also run for Clive Cox on Saturday with his Coventry Stakes winner backing his Group Two win up last time out in the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville with a strong second behind Campanelle.

Cox said: “Nando Parrado would appreciate a drop of rain. We’re very keen at some stage to step him up to seven furlongs, but we’ll be keep the option open – if the ground did ease significantly, then we’ve got that base covered.

“We’ve left him in, but he probably won’t be declared if it doesn’t rain. He’s going to stay another furlong and probably even a mile next year – he’s a very exciting prospect.

“Supremacy is a proven horse on top of the ground. He was a very impressive winner of the Richmond, he’s in good form and he would be our chosen runner on Saturday, all being well.

“We did think about the Gimcrack (at York last month), but he didn’t scope perfectly. It was a minor issue – everything is fine now. He’s a lovely horse with a lot of speed.”

Martyn Meade’s unbeaten colt Method is also among the 10 colts entered, as are Michael Bell’s Norfolk Stakes winner The Lir Jet and the Andrew Balding trained Tactical, who has landed the Listed Windsor Castle and July Stakes this term.

Aidan O’Brien is set to bring two over for the race with the pair of Lipizzaner and St Mark’s Basilica, Jessica Harrington’s Lucky Vega and John Murphy’s Charterhouse are other possible Irish raiders that could line up at the weekend.