ITV Saturday Preview - 04/05/19

13.50 Newmarket - The Spring Lodge Stakes (Handicap) (Formerly The Suffolk Stakes)

The first race of the day at Newmarket sees the Class 2 Handicap over 1 mile 1 furlong and we have gone for the Marcus Tregoning trained Power Of Darkness.

This four year gelding is very lightly raced for his age but has ran to a decent standard in the majority of his races having a record of 3112 in his last four contests.

This gelding has been stepped up to Class 2 company on his last few runs and has dealt with it really well, winning nicely at Salisbury over a mile and then finishing second at Newmarket last time out to give him leading claims.



14.05 Goodwood - The British Stallion Studs Ebf Daisy Warwick Fillies' Stakes (Listed Race)

The Listed Daisy Warwick Fillies Stakes over 1 mile 4 furlongs gets the card properly started and we have gone for the William Haggas trained Klassique.

This consistent four year old filly was superb last season landing a hat-trick and also two good seconds in strong races, she has not been outside of the top two in her last five outings.

Her latest run saw her a narrow runner up in a french Group 3 which sets the form standard in this race and if coming back from the winter break fresh she will be tough to beat.

14.20 Newmarket - The Zoustar Palace House Stakes

The next race on the card brings the first Group race of the day with the Palace House Stakes over five furlongs and we have gone for the consistent El Astronaute.

This John Quinn trained runner is a very experienced six year old who relishes races like this with a big field and over this distance very rarely finishing outside of the top three.

He has already had his first run of the season when a good second at Musselburgh so he should be fresh coming into this contest and has a definite frame shout.

14.40 Goodwood - The Goodwood May Food Festival Handicap Stakes

Another of the better races on the card at Goodwood is the Class 2 Handicap over seven furlongs and we have gone with the favourite Qaroun for trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

This four year old colt has very low mileage but has some strong form coming into this race from the back end of last season and also his seasonal debut this year.

He won on this card 12 months ago and has since been on the all weather running to a high standard. He finished second in a Class 3 on his first run back at Chelmsford and if improving for that run has every chance back on turf.

14.55 Newmarket - The Roaring Lion Jockey Club Stakes

The credibly named Group 2 Roaring Lion Jockey Club Stakes over 1 mile 4 furlongs is up next and with a strong field of runners trying to win the first renewal of this renamed contest we have gone for Communique.

The Mark Johnston trained four year old had a really busy season last year but putting in some really smart performances gaining his last win at Newmarket over course and distance.

That came in a Listed event and although stepping up to Group 2 company he has already had a prep run that he should be sharper for and has every chance in this contest.

15.35 Newmarket - The Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

The feature race of the day and first Group 1 in Britain on the flat is the 2,000 Guineas over a mile and with 19 runners we have a win and each way selection for this contest.

We fancy the Aidan O'Brien trained Ten Sovereigns to land the contest and the current favourite has a great chance having Group1 winning form at the back end of last season.

O'Brien has a few in the contest and his number one rider Ryan Moore has chose this horse which tells you a lot. He is stepping up in trip but has a great chance on Saturday.Our outsider to follow is the John Godsen trained Kick On.

This course and distance winner made a great start to the season when staying on nicely to land the Listed Feilden Stakes and that is a nice prep run leading into this Group 1 contest.

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