There are eight live ITV4 races on Saturday and Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders provides his three best bets in a bid to follow Thursday night’s 6/1 winner.
Ascot's Blue Eagle Rous Stakes is an excellent opportunity for EMARAATY ANA on the fast ground he relishes and he is strongly fancied to get the job done under Neil Callan.
Emaraaty Ana has plenty of top form at 6f, but his best performance last season came over a sharp 5½f at Keeneland when second on firm ground in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, and this stiff 5f will suit him just fine.
This is the time of year Emaraaty Ana excels providing conditions are suitable. He has form figures of 224115 on quick going from the months of September to November (five of those in Group 1s) and he could blow this Listed race apart as he presumably builds up towards another run at the Breeders’ Cup.
Of his chief threats, Nymphadora prefers a slower surface, while I can’t have second favourite Korker. The conditions race he landed at Beverley last time fell apart with the short-priced favourite clearly not running her race four days on after placing at Ayr, and he has never been the easiest to win with. The rest are handicappers, so Emaraaty Ana should be taking this.
Inspiral is a shade of odds-on for the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket after she silenced her doubters in the Jacques le Marois 55 days ago. She cannot be said to be improving, though, and is never one to trust at a short price, having lost at odds of 1/7 on fast ground here in the 2022 Falmouth and 11/10 last autumn when well beaten on Champions Day.
Andre Fabre has intriguingly entered his dual top-level scorer Mqse De Sevigne and she is next in the betting, but this filly won’t be getting her ideal ground as conditions will be quick on the Rowley Mile.
The each-way bet with eight runners standing their ground has to be HEREDIA, who is improving quickly.
Her recent Atalanta Stakes strike at Sandown, when she was poorly positioned in a race that was slowly run, was given a nice boost last week. The three she comfortably beat filled three of the first four places in the Rosemary Stakes and her connections have forked out a £20,000 supplementary fee for her to run here.
Having begun her season at a sprinting distance, Heredia is looking a true miler nowadays, and is well equipped to expose any chinks in the armour of the big two if they fail to run their race.
The big betting race on Saturday is the Howden Challenge Cup that headlines Ascot’s card and three rapidly improving sorts are prominent in the betting.
Baradar is up to a mark of 105 after adding a Doncaster victory to his International Stakes strike over course and distance in July, Popmaster is slapped with a 6lb penalty after gunning down Aldaary at Listed level last time and Quinault, the horse who beat him in a similar contest here two starts back, just keeps going from strength to strength (risen 43lb in the weights after a remarkable campaign).
I wonder if the handicapper might have finally caught up with this trio now, though, and Ascot specialist FRESH is the each-way play among the market leaders.
This six-year-old has an impressive record in 6f/7f handicaps at the Berkshire track in 16+ runner fields (form figures of 05001194321) despite being drawn on the wrong side in some of those, and seems to prefer 6f when the ground is slower and 7f when conditions are quicker.
Despite edging down the weights Fresh has been in decent form this summer, and trainer James Fanshawe has seen fit to leave him in the Champions Sprint here in two weeks’ time, so he is going to need to be going close off a mark of 99 (his lowest since landing the 2022 International here) if taking up that engagement.