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Newmarket - Horse Racing: Spring Meeting Preview

Action returns to Flat racing's HQ this week for the Newmarket Spring Meeting, a three-day fixture that includes the Festival of Suffolk Raceday on Saturday.

There are a total of 21 races on the Rowley Mile across the three days, with one of the feature contests being the Fairway Stakes, a Listed race over 1m2f for three-year-olds.

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Here's our look ahead to the Newmarket Spring Meeting, which you can follow on our Sports Live Streaming platform.

Evening card to get things started

The opening fixture at the Newmarket Spring Meeting is an evening card. In the very first race at 16:50, there are some well-bred juveniles who will be making the opening starts of their careers.

One of those is Indian Dream, a son of Sioux Nation. He is trained by Michael Ball and connections will be hoping for a big run on his debut.

One Morning is the standout runner at 18:00, as she bids to get off the mark at the second time of asking.

The filly finished second behind First Nightingale on her opening appearance at Newbury (7f) last month. She is a daughter of Gleneagles and she will carry the silks of Lady Bamford.

Seven runners have been declared to run in a maiden contest at 19:10. Special Envoy, a Frankel colt, is set to make his debut on the track. Like his sire did, he will race in the Juddmonte silks.

The leading challenge to the son of Frankel is likely to come from Aimeric, a horse who finished second on his debut at Nottingham (1m2f) and who should build upon on that run on his second start.

Summer's Knight among day two entries

Sir Mark Prescott will saddle Summer's Knight in the 14:50 on day two of the Newmarket Spring Festival. This horse was successful five times in 2021, including on his final start of the campaign at Haydock (1m6f).

He prevailed in that race by over five lengths, which suggests there could be much more to come from this horse.

The son of Camelot will need to carry top weight in this class two handicap contest - he is now off a career high mark of 97. Victory here may mean this horse will need to step up to Group company later in the season.

At 13:40, Dutch Decoy and Count Otto are both bidding to defy penalties, as they look for their second straight success on the track.

Dutch Decoy scored at Lingfield last Saturday over this 7f distance. Count Otto was also victorious at Lingfield earlier this month, but over the shorter trip of 6f.

Pydwen goes into the 14:15 looking to complete a hat-trick of wins after victories at Lingfield (1m2f) and Wolverhampton (1m1½f) respectively.

If he is to record his third straight success, he may have to overcome the Godolphin trio of Last Look, Brilliant Light and First View. Last Look is back in the UK after an appearance at Meydan during the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

The 15:25 features some unexposed three-year-olds who could be quite smart. Monaadah prevailed on his debut for Shadwell Racing when he scored at Meydan (7f) earlier this year.

He is one to keep an eye on here on his first run in the UK, while Dubawi colt First Ruler is also an interesting newcomer for Appleby.

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Festival of Suffolk Raceday

The Fairyway Stakes is the highlight on Festival of Suffolk Raceday. It takes place 13:50 and will be live on ITV.

Magisterial has an entry in the race and this contest could be used as his final prep run before the Derby at Epsom next month.

John and Thady Gosden's runner is 20/1 for the British Classic next month. He has been successful on two of his three racecourse appearances so far, including at Leicester on his latest appearance, where he looked to improve for the step up to 1m2f.

White Wolf is another Derby entrant who is down to run in the Fairyway Stakes. Saeed bin Suroor's runner scored on his sole appearance at Southwell (1m).

He is a 50/1 outsider for the Derby, but those odds would change if he was an impressive winner of this race.

At 14:25, there is a competitive handicap contest over 6f. Many of these runners are in good form, including C & D winner I'm A Gambler, who prevailed at Hamilton on Sunday, with Charlie and Mark Johnston looking for their horse to record a quickfire double.

Another handicap which will be televised on the ITV coverage on Saturday is the 15:00. Quintillus was a smart winner at Newmarket (7f) last season for Appleby.

He has already had an appearance at Meydan earlier this year, so he should be fit for his return to racing in the UK. Challengers to the Godolphin runner include recent C & D winner Shine So Bright.

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