Three Horses To Take Out Of Newmarket's Guineas Meeting 2023

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Midnight Affair

One of the biggest eye-catchers from the three day meeting was Midnight Affair for trainer Richard Fahey, who made a superb debut on Friday over 5f when second to the talented Soprano.

Owned by Clipper Logistics having been bought for 180,000gns, she is bred to have an abundance of speed and showed that when coming from the rear to fly home and grab second, only being beat by less than two lengths.

She looks a horse that will improve massively for that first experience and being with this trainer she could have a huge career in sprinting events.

Striking Star

Another horse who made a taking impression at Newmarket was Striking Star for trainer Charlie Appleby, with the Godolphin owned three year old sure to win races this season in handicap company.

A winner on debut for the yard at Sandown in September on soft ground over 7f, he then went into the Group Three Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury and ran no race with the heavy ground going against him.

Making his seasonal debut this term in a Novice Stakes at Doncaster again on soft ground he ran a cracker under a penalty to finish second behind the impressive Theoryofeverything.

Sent handicapping on Saturday he cruised into the race being the last off the bridle but just found one to good and if staying around his mark of 83 he should be winning races again soon.


The final horse to follow this season in handicaps is the Jack Channon trained Rathgar who ran well over 1m2f at Newmarket on Sunday behind Royal Rhyme and going forward off his handicap mark he will be winning more races.

Sent to Goodwood last August for his debut he learnt a lot that day to finish sixth only three lengths behind the winner and then next time out upped in trip at the same track he took to the 1m2f really well to finish two lengths back in third.

Racing at Goodwood for a third straight run this time over 9f, he got off the mark in impressive style beating Ramensky by over two lengths.

His run on Sunday came on the softest ground he has tackled to date and although well behind the winner, he beat the third very easily.