Newmarket Tips: Embesto to shine on Day 2

 | 16th April | 

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Newmarket Racecourse

Day two of Newmarket's season-opening Craven Meeting comes along on Wednesday afternoon and it is laced with quality.

The highlights at Headquarters include the Feilden Stakes, the Earl of Sefton Stakes and the Nell Gwyn Stakes on a promising afternoon as they race from 13:50-17:20.

We've got a trio to follow at Newmarket on Wednesday afternoon, including leading 1000 Guineas contender Dance Sequence for Charlie Appleby.

Newmarket Tips - April 17

  • 14:25 – El Cordobes @ 5/1
  • 15:00 – Embesto @ 10/3
  • 15:35 – Dance Sequence @ 4/6

14:25 – El Cordobes @ 5/1

The Listed Feilden Stakes over 1m1f is the first of the key races on day two and French raider Narkez heads the betting for Andre Fabre.

The Siyouni colt was impressive last time at Saint-Cloud over a mile on heavy going and should have more to offer. There are, though, plenty of dangers.

Richard Fahey's Native American is interesting, while Aidan O'Brien's Gasper De Lemos has crucial track experience and is likely to progress again this season.

Appleby is routinely a major force at this meeting and goes for a second win in this contest, having plundered the prize with Highland Avenue in 2021.

He is represented by 2,000,000 gns Frankel colt EL CORDOBES in the Godolphin blue. He was beaten on debut at Kempton in December but soon left that behind to win back there in January, impressing in how he went about his work. He's got a Dante entry for York next month and promises more upped in trip.

15:00 – Embesto @ 10/3

After an excellent debut season at three, EMBESTO should have more to come for Roger Varian and looks a lively contender for glory in the Group 3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes.

The Roaring Lion colt didn't see the track as a juvenile but made a winning bow at Yarmouth over a mile last May. He won a Doncaster novice next time and was then second to Nostrum in the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes on the July Course here.

He showed a pleasing attitude when dead-heating with Mighty Ulysses in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury in August, with Regal Reality behind in third, and signed off with a fine fourth in the Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Longchamp in September.

Rated 110, he has scope for better and, with few miles on the clock, should make more progress this season. James Doyle and Varian have both won this race in the last four renewals and they can team up for more Earl Of Sefton success now.

15:35 – Dance Sequence @ 4/6

It promises to be a good day for the ever-reliable Appleby and William Buick alliance and they should be tough to topple with DANCE SEQUENCE in the feature Nell Gwyn Stakes.

The Dubawi filly was 2-2 last season, jumping up in grade from a July Course maiden here to win the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes (7f, soft) over course and distance in October.

She really impressed in how she did that, coming from last-to-first and moving stylishly amongst rivals before hitting the line strongly to deny Ralph Beckett's Skellet in second.

That earned her a prominent spot in the ante-post 1000 Guineas betting and she can book her ticket back here to next month's Fillies' Classic by staying unbeaten on her three-year-old return.

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