Newmarket November 2013
Friday 1st November: The closing of the M25 did nothing to help my journey and I missed the first two maidens. The going was very soft. The consensus of the cognoscenti was that Authenticity and Born To Reign were worth noting in the first. In the second, Pantolini, Ragged Robin, Stetchworth and Warbrook could take a race.
Before the Listed Bosra Sham Stakes, despite very mild weather they all wore the poxy full/light blanket and a full viewing was cursory. There was little to report on what I saw with the inform Cape Factor taking the spoils.
In the 6f Conditions heat the 2yo’s were once again favoured by the weights. The 3yo filly Mar Mar looked in good nick but could not concede the advantage.
The Warrens of Warwick Fillies Handicap was a strong heat and won well by the Sakhee filly Tweed. The form of the race might be useful.
Saturday 2nd November: The Fillies Maiden known historically as the Balaton Lodge Stakes, again divided this time but failed to highlight anything special at this stage. Angelic Air stayed on despite the ground and will improve on better going. Excellent View was plenty fit but pulled in the race and blew hard afterwards.
In the second division Eastern Belle was fancied and made favourite but she too blew hard after.
If they made the Zetland Stakes a Listed event then they might get runners. Why they downgraded the race is a mystery. Hartnell had a facile win. He looks the part and will make a 3yo.
Majeyda is a good sort and followed up her second in the May Hill with a fine win here. She should train on and improve again. Surcingle drifted badly in the betting and the BHB really should investigate exactly who is laying these horses on the Exchanges and report back to the Betting Public. Without the Exchanges we would know what Bookmaker was doing the Laying on the racecourse. Despite moving well to post Surcingle was never going. She has a deal of scope and well bred could be a real contender next term. Hopefully nothing was amiss. With the racing delayed I drew stumps.