Gifted Master out for a treble for Newmarket today
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Gifted Master, twice a winner at Newmarket in October, returns today, day two of the three-day Craven meeting, to try to complete a hat-trick for trainer Hugo Palmer.
The three-year-old gelding ended 2015 by winning both the Tattersall Millions Trophy and then the Vision Autumn Stakes at headquarters.
Today, in the 3.20pm Tattersall Millions Sprint, he attempts to defeat four rivals to land the Newmarket three-timer.
Pat Smullen rides the gelding whose main rival looks to be Waterloo Bridge under Ryan Moore for Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien. The colt was second to Gifted Master in the Two-Year-Old Trophy and since then finished midfield in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Dirt contest.
Six go to post at 3.55pm in the CSP European Free Handicap for three-year-olds over seven furlongs.
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Moore rides the favourite Raucous, from the stable of William Haggas. The colt was third in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury and third in the Gimcrack at York last season after wins at Newmarket and Sandown.
A bigger field of 11 go in the Earl of Sefton Stakes, the day’s Group 3 at 4.30pm, headed by Hills’ Dutch Connection under Jim Crowley.
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Fifth in the Breeder’s Cup Turf Mile, Dutch Connection had finished runner-up in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood and the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly after winning Royal Ascot’s Jersey Stakes.
Fran Berry and Ralph Beckett run seven-year-old Air Pilot, fifth in Ascot’s Champion Stakes while Custom Cut, for Danny Tudhope and David O’Meara, returns to action having already raced this season.
Five debutants go in a field of 11 for the Julian Wilson Memorial Maiden at 5.05pm although two with experience top the market. Satish, under Frankie Dettori for Gosden, was fourth at Ascot on debut in September while Daqeeq, Hanagan riding for Simon Crisford, was second at Wolverhampton.
There are plenty other newcomers on show. The 2.10pm Wood Ditton Stakes sees a field of 13 debutants with Muntahaa, a grey colt under Hanagan for Gosden and Shraaoh, a Sea The Stars colt under Dettori, most interesting.
Five more newcomers make their bow in the 2.45pm novice stakes headed by Sutter Country under Buick for Mark Johnston.
The closing 5.40pm handicap features 11 headed by Chris Wall’s Oh So Sassy under George Baker.