Benbatl is the star attraction on carnival week two. His demolition job in the Joel Stakes at Newmarket confirmed that he is one of the very best turf horses in the world. He is unopposable in the G2 Singspiel Stakes but odds of 2/5 are fairly prohibitive. There is plenty of top class action on an undercard that provides some attractive betting propositions.
Blueberry was advised in this column last week and he ran a super race finishing 3rd in the 1000m handicap. His form ties in nicely with his stablemate Abrantes who went agonizingly close to winning this race 12 months ago. Guillermo Arizkoretta is an impressive trainer and doesn’t waste many bullets when travelling his horses. Christophe Soumillon takes over on Abrantes tonight he should go close off the same handicap mark as last year.
Far Sky takes on some more experienced rivals here but he is of definite each-way interest given the promise he showed on debut over this course and distance in December. Doug Watson’s colt broke well from stall 16 and travelled like a horse who was well up to competing in a higher grade. The son of Stay Thirsty went down by ¾ of a length to a race fit rival on that occasion but there could be bags of improvement to come. Pat Dobbs will ride once again and expect the pair to give this race a real rattle from the rail draw.
Satish Seemar’s big guns have been ready to roll on their seasonal debuts all season. Secret Ambition caused a shock when winning the Listed Creek Mile in December. North America is a standing dish on the Meydan dirt. The 8yo son of Dubawi turned in a breathtaking performance in this race last year continuing his excellent course and distance record. Stall 8 may cause some issues but he has been fast from the gates recently. Muntazah will throw down a big challenge, but a peak North America should get the job done from the front.
This 1600m handicap has been split into two divisions and Charlie Appleby’s Good Fortune has drawn the weaker of the two races. This 4yo son of New Approach won a conditions event at the carnival in 2019 and then had the full summer off. He re-appeared at Newmarket in August where he finished second to a race fit rival. One suspects that Good Fortune has been kept fresh with this race in mind and his handicap mark of 96 could underestimate him.