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Dubai Dynamo tipped for Thirsk prize on 2000 Guineas day
It Is 2000 Guineas day at Newmarket tomorrow, which means it’s also Thirsk Hunt Cup day, and the North Yorkshire prize is fancied to remain in the locality courtesy of Dubai Dynamo.
Trained at Stillington, near Easingwold, by Ruth Carr, Dubai Dynamo, like many of the stable’s horses, looks to be coming to hand. He finished a good third to Tariq Too on this course over seven furlongs two starts back and would surely have finished closer than fifth behind Memory Cloth at Ripon last Saturday had he not suffered interference two furlongs out.
Dubai Dynamo has course winning form at Thirsk and has every chance of clinching this Totepool-sponsored feature in the hands of James Sullivan.
Paul Mulrennan can make an impression on his local track. The North Yorkshire jockey has good prospects on James Given’s Sky Crossing (2.40) and Rocktherunway (5.05). The latter, trained by Michael Dods, has turned in two sound efforts in recent weeks.
Blues Jazz (3.20), a big improver last season for Ian Semple, ran well enough on his re-appearance at Redcar to suggest he can go close this time, while Mel Brittain’s Trade Secret (6.05), tuned up by a recent good comeback run, should take some catching in the sprint handicap, which brings the curtain down on Thirsk’s bumper eight-race card.
At Newmarket, the Qipco 2000 Guineas sees the eagerly-awaited re-appearance of Camelot, hugely impressive winner of the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last autumn and long-time favourite for this first of the season’s Classics.
Aidan O’Brien’s colt may well be a world-beater, but the chances are he’s going to prove better at distances in excess of tomorrow’s mile, in which case he is worth opposing at a price little better than even money.
Abtaal, who makes the journey from France, appeals as a tempting alternative. A Group 3 winner at Saint-Cloud last autumn, he may have needed the race when narrowly beaten under a tender ride in the Prix Djebel Maisons-Laffitte on his return to action.
He should be a lot sharper now and at around 7-1 (after being a double-figure price earlier in the week), he promises to be a key player.
North Yorkshire eyes will rest on Red Duke, who does not have a lot to find on the best of his juvenile form to have each-way claims.
But his Norton trainer John Quinn had been praying for fast ground, and the rain-sodden going is unlikely to suit Red Duke, which is a shame given that his preparation has gone like clockwork since he finished fifth in the UAE Derby in Dubai last month.
The underfoot conditions will not bother Richard Fahey’s Mayson, who contests the Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes with Paul Hanagan in the saddle.
An impressive winner of the Abernant Stakes on this course a couple of weeks ago, Mayson has the pace to cope with this step back to five furlongs and should run a big race.
Brian Ellison is another North Yorkshire trainer with good prospects of a winner at Newmarket. He saddles Memory Cloth, a French recruit, who won handsomely at Ripon last Saturday. He can step up again in the hands of Barry McHugh.
Meandre, a 122-rated colt, will be hard to beat in the Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes, while Mince is expected to go well in the Al Rayan Handicap.
2.10 Brazilian Clown, 2.40 Sky Crossing, 3.20 Blues Jazz, 3.55 Keyaadi, 4.30 Dubai Dynamo (NAP), 5.05 Rocktherunway, 5.35 Yazdi, 6.05 Trade Secret.
2.00 Memory Cloth, 2.30 Meandre, 3.10 Abtaal, 3.45 Mayson, 4.20 Mince, 4.55 Mariner’s Cross, 5.30 Frog Hollow.
Tomorrow’s other meetings
Goodwood, Hexham, Thirsk and Uttoxeter.
Bangor, Chepstow, Fontwell, Musselburgh and Wolverhampton.