Adam Kirby has a good chance of success on the Newmarket July Course this evening
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Adam Kirby, who this week chalked up his 100th winner of the calendar year, could add to that impressive tally thanks to an outstanding book of rides on Newmarket’s July course this evening.
The locally-based rider has two rides for Luca Cumani and also has fancied mounts for trainers Mark Johnston, Paul D’Arcy and William Knight on a seven-race card that starts at 5.20pm, ending at 8.40pm before a sell-out crowd then turns its attentions to the music of the Kaiser Chiefs.
The feature race at 7pm is the 10-furlong handicap in which Kirby rides the Johnston-trained Salieris Mass, a three-year-old colt that won on debut at Ripon in April.
Memorial Day, James Doyle riding for Saeed bin Suroor and Laurence, William Buick riding for Cumani, look the main threats, the former having won at Haydock a fortnight ago for Godolphin while Laurnce will be looking to improve on his fifth at Newmarket earlier this month, having won at the course in May.
Kirby’s two rides for Cumani are on Al and Stars and Stripes. Al, a three-year-old colt, takes on nine rivals in the 5.50pm 12-furlong handicap having finished runner-up at Windsor in June.
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Goldslinger, Royston Ffrench for Dean Ivory, carrying a six-pound penalty for a Chepstow win last week, and bidding for a hat-trick after an earlier win at Bath, and Deep Blue Diamonds are the threats. The latter was a Thirsk runner-up after earlier winning at Beverley.
Stars and Stripes goes in the mile maiden at 8.05pm, the gelding having been third at Windsor and second at Leicester.
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John Gosden sends out Alkawn under Dane O’Neill, the gelding second at Doncaster in May while Pat Cosgrave rides Headquarters for South African trainer Mike de Kock, that colt also a Doncaster runner-up last time out.
Rockley Point for D’Arcy is Kirby’s partner in the 6.25pm two-year-old maiden in which half of the eight runners make their debut.
Rockley Point, a Canford Cliffs colt, was third at both Ascot and Newmarket on his previous runs.
Confident Kid makes his debut for Doyle and bin Suroor while O’Neill rides Nottingham and Epsom runner-up Daleelak for Johnston.
Top weight Beach Bar from Knight’s stable could give Kirby another winnign chance in the 7.35pm handicap, the four-year-old a Ffos Las winner a week ago but now facing 14 rivals that include Trucanini and Zeshov.
Five-year-old mare Trucanini won at Newbury for George Baker and Chris Wall three weeks ago while Zeshov was second at Newmarket a fortnight ago and tries to go one better for Buick and Jeremy Noseda.
Eight go in the 5.20pm opener in which Fujiano, Ed Greatrex for Michael Murphy, Quite Smart, O’Neill for Robert Cowell, and Lackaday, a grey gelding under Neil Callan, all holds good chances.
The same can be said for at least three of the eight runners in the 8.40pm finale, the mile handicap. Talyani, Cosgrave for William Haggas, Dagher, Buick for Peter Chapple-Hyam and Estikhraaj, O’Neill for Roger Varian, all have good form in the book.