Delizia to delight at York while future champs are on show at HQ

Future Champions Weekend at Newmarket is complimented beautifully this Saturday by a great card at York.

The 35-runner Cesarewitch looks a fiendishly difficult race to unravel, but we’ve had a crack at it here.

For now though, we are looking at the races this weekend is named for as we chew the fat over a trio of black type races for the two-year-olds.

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Put your faith in the Master at HQ

He may have had more runs than all of his rivals, and unlikely to be open to as much improvement, but Hugo Palmer’s Gifted Master can give a good account of himself in the Autumn Stakes (14:35).

This first try at a mile could be the thing that sees him in an even better light than we have already.

A step up to 7f last time out worked wonders as he took the Tattersalls Millions 2-year-old trophy at Newmarket from Group 2 winner Waterloo Bridge.

Back at the same venue there are suggestions that that four length victory is a sign he will appreciate the extra furlong he will face here.

He’s got some classy form in the book, having got within a length of Buratino over 6f, staying on strongly at the end.

There’s only been one winning favourite of this race in six years, and while Ibn Malik has some solid looking form, it’s worth taking a chance on one at a slightly bigger price.


Delizia can deliver in the Rockingham Stakes

The unbeaten Dhamaan is an intriguing runner in the Rockingham (14:50). He had subsequent Gimcrack winner Ajaya behind him when obliging in his maiden despite showing signs of greenness.

However, nothing else has come out of his two wins so far, leaving the level of his form open to some questions.

A chance is taken on Mark Johnston’s Delizia to make the most of her fillies’ allowance to bag a second win at Listed level at York.

She was fourth over course and distance in a valuable sales race at the Ebor meeting, just a length behind Tasleet.

With that one going on to be beaten a nose in a Group 3 since, that looks solid form.

Her trainer’s two-year-olds have been going well this year, operating at a 20 per cent strike rate this term, a six per cent rise on 2014’s figure.

A third place finish behind the talented Log Out Island last time out suggests that her time will come for another success soon enough.


Duelling Dewhurst provides flip-flopping market rivals

The antepost market for the Dewhurst Stakes (15:10) was all about one horse, Emotionless, as the Godolphin-owned colt was backed in from 5/4 to Evens.

However in the past 24 hours a late, and fairly heavy surge of cash has come for his market rival.

That support has seen Air Force Blue regain favouritism at 11/10 while Charlie Appleby’s colt is pushed back out to 5/4, and it is easy to see why.

Aidan O’Brien’s juvenile put in an excellent performance to land the National Stakes on his first attempt at 7f.

The form of that race looks rock solid with all four horses behind him having previously won Group races.

In fact of the 10 horses behind Air Force Blue in his past two starts, eight had won either a Listed race or a Group race.

That form puts him ahead of Emotionless, and while his foe may be open to more improvement, it could be worth following the late money for the Ballydoyle colt.


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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.