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Newcastle Friday Apr 14 2yo race review

Newcastle 2yo Friday Apr 14 1.50
Fillies' Conditions Stakes
5f, Class 2, 1m2.36s
(slow by 4.36s)

Cheeseandpickle, Feb 11. £26k yearling. Becomes the eighth winner of 11 foals from a ten-start maiden mare. One of the oldest in this field. Smart Scottish stable with strong 2yo record, started favourite. Parked behind the leader under a nice hold. Worked around her when that horse didn't accelerate, took control 1f out and hung on to win without full exertion. Scope for more but RPR figure third-weakest of juvenile races so far.

Thrifty, Feb 22. Passed in for 2800gns as a foal. Dam won her only race in her final start (20th) despite earning a cheque in eight of first nine races. Top rating of 76, but won off 45. Fourth foal to date, only winner has won three of 40 starts. Settled midfield about a length and a half behind Cheeseandpickle, went right when winner went left to find the gap, outpaced and then worked home to be beaten similar margin. Trainer has only three placegetters from 38 2yo AW runners in past five seasons. May not mean a lot as this race was more valuable than the usual AW race.

Marsh Storm, Mar 13. €38k foal, €30k buyback by vendor as yearling. Trainer has had 90 runners in 2017, and remarkably all his winners have been 3yo on AW. All his 2yo starters have been placed. Settled behind the lead nearest the outside rail, with plenty of space. Under riding at halfway, took a while for the penny to drop. Stayed on last furlong to claim third.

Fas Le Fios, Feb 19. Had the benefit of a previous start in France where he finished six lengths behind the unplaced Quick Skips Lad who also has British form. Up on the speed, outpaced at the furlong, plugged on OK. Unwanted in the betting, so performed better than expected.

Controversial Lady, Feb 26. Second run in five days. Urged along early to sit very handy to the pace. Under pressure before halfway, last at the 2f. Stayed on OK through the field to claim fifth.

Peace Prevails, Mar 5. Vendor buyback for £20k as yearling, second foal of mare who won once from 10 starts (over a mile on Polytrack), peaking at OR74. Sat near the pace, closest to inside rail. Every chance, run lasted about five strides when asked for more at the 2f. Started 4/1, showed little to justify that.

Kheleyf's Girl, Feb 9. Eight day backup after running close second in that weak Southwell race. Stepped to the front, then asked to go at the 2f. Found nothing, disappointing for punters who expected to cash in on her experience.

Nsnas Alward, Feb 15. Vendor buyback for 10k gns as yearling, dam won over 1m4f in France so likely to be better with distance. Went forward to lead, looked comfortable but then found zero when pressured 1.5f out. May be better learning to settle and run home late.

Time for Treacle, Mar 13. From terrible mare who had eleven starts, couldn't win off OR45 and earned less than a grand. SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BREED. Under pressure to keep up after a furlong and was gone by the 2f pole. Useless.

Winner might be decent but figures ordinary.


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Villiers Stakes preview

The highlight of summer racing in Sydney is the Villiers Stakes. Tasked with the preview is Mitch Fenton.


Villiers StakesRandwick, G2, 1600m
1615 local time, 0515 GMT

Form link

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The most reliable guide to the Gr2 Villiers has always been the Festival Stakes.

I’m going to stick with that form line; here’s the horses who ran in the Festival, running today.

1 I'm Imposing (55.5) 20-1
2 [0.1] Estonian Princess (54) 7-1
3 [0.3] Strawberry Boy (57.5) 6-1
5 [1.7] Sir Moments (56) 11-2
6 [2.5] Multilateral (54) 60-1
7 [3.8] Scream Machine (56) 20-1
8 [4.3] Aomen (58.5) 30-1
11 [6.8] Monton (60) 16-1
12 [8.0] Keep Cool (54) 80-1

Out of all those runs in the Festival, Strawberry Boy was a clear top pick for mine.

He worked very hard out in front with his 1500m to 600m times and was 3L quicker than the average. He was entitled to drop out of the race but instead he fought on dogged…