Newmarket racing preview: Watch Law and Order on day one of Craven meeting
- Credit: James Bass
Newmarket’s 2017 racing season gets under way tomorrow afternoon with day one of the three-day bet365 Craven meeting on the Rowley Mile course.
Feature race of the opening day is the 4.05pm bet365 Feilden Stakes, a listed contest over nine furlongs.
Ryan Moore partners the Sylvester Kirk trained Salouen, the likely favourite. The colt, out of Canford Cliffs, was third at Doncaster in October’s Racing Post Trophy, behind Rivett.
Frankie Dettori rides the John Gosden trained colt Khalidi, third at Doncaster a fortnight ago, while another hopeful in the seven-runner field is Law and Order. Under Martin Harley for trainer James Tate, Law and Order won Lingfield’s 32Red International Trial on the all-weather 10 days ago.
The three-year-olds kick off the show at 1.50pm with 14 debutants going in the bet365 Wood Ditton Stakes for which Frankel colt Elyaasaat under champion jockey Jim Crowley for trainer William Haggas is favourite. Godolphin looks to have excellent hopes too, with Mark of Approval under James Doyle for Gosden and Night Circus under William Buick for Charlie Appleby.
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Top filly in the contest could be Richard Hannon’s Canford Cliffs daughter Jalela under Dettori.
Eight two-year-olds make their racecourse debuts in the 10-runner 2.20pm Montaz Restaurant five-furlong sprint with Godolphin represented again by Buick and Appleby with Exceed and Excel filly Sound and Silence.
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Areen Faisal for Paul Hanagan and Richard Fahey and Doyle on Hugo Palmer’s Never Back Down are also ones to watch.
Salsabeel for Buick and Appleby could continue a great day for the boys in blue in the 2.55pm bet365 Conditions Stakes, the colt second at Doncaster in September after winning a Great Yarmouth maiden last August.
Via Egnatia, Dettori and Gosden, and Beat the Bank for in-form Oisin Murphy and Andrew Balding, are key rivals, the latter having his first run for Balding having been trained in Ireland where he won at Dundalk in February.
Seven-year-old Sacred Act could go well for Martin Dwyer and Bill Knight in the 3.30pm Plusvital Racing Genepak Handicap while the closing handicap at 5.05pm offers a chance for Vibrant Chords, Harry Bentley riding for Henry Candy, to go one better than his second spot at Thirsk last September.
Earlier, at 4.35pm, nine three-year-olds contest the Alex Scott Maiden Stakes with Moore on Jeremy Noseda’s Firefright, runner-up at Newbury in October.