Greenham provides further Classic clues

 Apr 21 2017

It's been a fascinating week of Classic trials at Newmarket and with Newbury's two-day Greenham meeting completing on Saturday night live on Sky Racing 1. However it's not just this year's crop on show as some of the leading players of last season's Classic generation return to action.

Saturday night sees the Classic trials traditionally named the Fred Darling and the Greenham featuring some of last season's exciting fillies and colts while a potential Melbourne Cup hope could well make his mark in the John Porter Stakes.

Race 2 is the Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Fred Darling) for the filles over the straight 1400 metres. There's always a mixture of Classic hopefuls and horses who probably will not stay the mile trying to pick up black type in an early season Group 3.

Frankel filly Queen Kindly showed pace to burn as a juvenile and while the Guineas may be a step too far the 1400 metres should be ideal first up. Reportedly wintering and strengthening up well she boasts top Group 2 sprinting form with her Lowther win at York.

Likely favourite Dabyah was only beaten a length in a French Group 1 but was flattered with an easy lead. She could be a big improver this season but will be short in the betting market.

Race 3 is the turn of the three-year-old colts in the Group 3 JLT Greenham Stakes and another sired by Frankel will be looking to follow in the footsteps of the great horse who won this very race back in 2011. Saeed Bin Suroor's Frankel colt Dream Castle made a smart debut at Doncaster, however keep a look out for Sir Michael Stoute's Zainhom who despite immaturity progressed well last season and always looked the type to develop into a far better three-year-old.

Earlier the card kicks off with the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (John Porter Stakes). William Haggas has considered Dal Harraild as a potential Melbourne horse come November and his charge was very progressive through handicaps and Listed company last season. In the shape of the classy Midterm, Dal Harraild faces his stiffest test to date but he could well be up to the task on his favoured quick ground.

A one time Derby favourite Midterm had an interrupted campain but showed his class when runner-up in the Group 2 Prix Niel and this is easier than when finishing down the field in the Group 1 Champion Stakes.

The Spring Cup adds a highly competitive handicap adds to a great Newbury card in what should be an informative night of International racing.

Richard Wade - Sky Racing



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