Who To Follow At Newmarket On Saturday - 02/10/21

Newmarket - October 01 2021
Newmarket 13:55
Ryan Moore

Mother Earth

Ryan Moore
A P O'Brien
Age: 3
Weight: 9-0
OR: 114
Days: 21

The feature race of the weekend at Newmarket is the Group One Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes over a mile and with the rain set to fall we are siding with the Aidan O'Brien trained Mother Earth.

Mother Earth has been one of the stars of the mile fillies division this term running superbly in two Group One events and off the back of those she is the worthy favourite for this event.

The filly was a fair juvenile landing a Group Three event on her third start, and then towards the end of last season finishing second at the Breeders' Cup meeting in a Group One and also finishing a good third in the Group One Fillies' Mile.

The yard did not know what to expect for the daughter of Zoffany but on seasonal debut this term she managed to land the 1000 Guineas in taking style.

Off the back of that she was sent to France looking to land the 1000 Guineas double, but she could only finish second, giving another good account of herself.

Next time out the filly was seen finishing a close third behind Alcohol Free and Snow Lantern at Royal Ascot, but reversed some of the form when a narrow second in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

Looking to get back to winning ways she went to France for the Group One Prix Rothschild and beat off a strong field of 13 runners to land the event.

Seen once more, last time out she found all kinds of traffic in running and in the end had to settle for third in the Group One Matron Stakes on Irish Champions weekend, with her getting no run at all.

She is a dual Group One winner over a mile that should have too much for this field, especially handling the soft ground well.


Trainer To Follow - Andrew Balding

Andrew Balding is having a superb season to date and in these last few weeks will be looking to close out the trainers championship.

On Saturday he has some live chances to get into the winners enclosure starting in the first race of the day with the once raced Wolsey who sets the form standard.

Other nice chances include the three year old Achelois in the Premier Fillies' Handicap, Tack in the Maiden Stakes and Nebulosa in the lucky last.

Balding heads into Saturday having five winners throughout the last two weeks and this card offers him a big chance to add to that.

Jockey To Follow - William Buick

The jockey to follow on Saturday is the second in the jockeys title William Buick who is looking for a big end to the season not being too far behind Oisin Murphy in the standings.

He has a fair amount of big rides across the day starting in the first with the €1.2 million purchase as a foal Al Nafir, who holds bundles of ability from his pedigree.

Other big rides for the Norwegian born rider across the day include Achelois in the Premier Fillies' Handicap, Ernie's Valentine in the Auction Stake and Saffron Beach in the Group One Sun Chariot Stakes.

Buick heads into the meeting sporting a 16% strike rate for the last two weeks with 12 winners from his last 72 rides.