Godolphin in pole position going into final Adnams Music Night meeting at Newmarket



Godolphin looks set to land the feature at the final Adnams Music Night meeting of the season at the July course tonight.

Spandau Ballet perform after racing during which Godolphin hopes to strike gold in the 8.05pm feature in which they have two fancied runners.

The fillies’ handicap over seven furlongs includes two three-year-olds trained by Charlie Appleby in Mistrusting and Wordcraft.

Wordcraft won at Newmarket and Kempton earlier this season and was last seen a week ago when runner-up. James Doyle takes the ride.

Mistrusting goes under Adam Kirby and returns for only the second time this season, having been runner-up at Leicester in May. Last season Mistrusting was beaten by Malabar at Ascot before winning at Haydock.

Biggest threat to the Godolphin pair looks to be the Chris Dwyer trained Bint Dandy under Silvestre de Sousa. The filly has won five times on the all weather but is still waiting to break her duck on turf.

De Sousa has chances earlier. He partners Eastern Racer for Brian Ellison in the 6pm handicap, the gelding bidding for a hat-trick after Redcar and Chester wins.

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Main rival looks to be stable-mate Mon Brav, under seven-pound claimer Georoid Brouder. The eight-year-old was a York winner three weeks ago.

De Sousa takes the mount on favourite Spirited Acclaim in the 7pm mile handicap for David Elsworth. The filly was runner-up last time to Conjuring and the Michael Murphy filly re-opposes under Royston Ffrench, but is two pounds worse off.

Charlie McBride’s Virtual Reality is De Sousa’s mount in the 7.35pm 10-furlong handicap in which the main threat is Ocean Applause.

Kirby rides for John Ryan on the five-year-old burdened by a six-pound penalty for winning at the track last week.

There are two interesting maidens for two-year-olds, including the opener at 5.30pm over seven furlongs.

Tidal Wave, third on debut behind the impressive Emotionless on Friday, goes for Sean Levey and Richard Hannon while Taurean Star, Jamie Spencer for Michael Bell, was fourth on debut on Saturday in a good race at Doncaster.

Likely favourite is Bernie’s Boy, Rob Hornby for Andrew Balding, the colt runner-up at both Goodwood and Ascot.

There are five debutants in the mile maiden at 6.30pm for which Culturati is market leader for Doyle and Appleby. Culturati was second on debut at the course when beating Ventura Storm into third. That potentially progressive colt re-opposes under Levey for Hannon.