It's another Group 1 day at Newmarket with the Dewhurst taking centre stage and Robbie Wilders from the Racing Post has three fancies.
Galactic Jack @ 9/1
Holloway Boy @ 5/2
Baby Zeus @ 12/1
The Flying Zetland Stakes (1.50) provides a real test over 1m2f for juveniles and I'm drawn to the only horse with winning form over the distance; the unexposed Galactic Jack.
This Galileo colt is all about stamina - his dam was placed in the Irish Oaks a few years ago - and he has the potential to be much better than we've seen after just two runs.
Andrew Balding has an exceptional record in the autumn and should have a good line on Flying Zetland short-priced favourite Flying Honours.
The Balding-trained The Foxes dethroned Flying Honours in a muddling Royal Lodge here last time, and while the Godolphin runner should appreciate this step up to 1m2f, he looks far too short off the back off his third of four at odds of 2-7.
This race has a decent history with the winners going on to better things and Galactic Jack looks a cracking each-way bet to adver-tise his Classic credentials for next season, with doubts sur-rounding the more exposed jolly.
The Autumn Stakes (2.25) is a three-runner race according to the betting and I feel there are the fewest chinks in Holloway Boy, so he is the bet.
Admittedly Epictetus looked an outstanding prospect when win-ning well here over seven furlongs on his debut, but I'm always bang against successful newcomers turning out in Group races against more experienced horses with a bit of class. It is also a slight concern that he has been off the track for 92 days.
The 109-rated Silver Knott will need to be right at the top of his game to concede a 3lb penalty here and he disappointed at Doncaster last time.
Holloway Boy shares the same rating and on official figures he should win this receiving 3lb.
A smooth winner of the Chesham Stakes on his debut, Holloway Boy travelled powerfully at Newmarket when second to Dewhurst fancy Nostrum, but lacked the same change of gear as the high-class winner.
It was still a highly creditable effort to pull clear of Victory Dance in third and Holloway Boy can give Nostrum's form a boost ahead of the Dewhurst.
bet365 are paying six places for each-way bets in the 22-runner Cesarewitch (3.40) and it is worth playing Baby Zeus for Willie Mullins.
Baby Zeus is a brother to Mullins’ former high-class staying mare Lagostovegas, who landed the Ascot Stakes over a marathon 2m4f trip for the stable a few years back.
My selection is yet to attempt a distance further than 1m5f on the Flat, but 2m2f is well worth a try for this valuable pot and he has drawn favourably in stall 22.
Four of the last six winners have been drawn in the twenties and Mullins’ record in the Cesarewitch is also exceptional.
The trainer has saddled three winners, two seconds and a third in the past five runnings.
William Buick is an excellent jockey booking and it is only a mat-ter of time before everything clicks with Baby Zeus, who has been rated higher than this mark of 91 in the past.