RacingUK's Tom Stanley gives us his verdict on Friday at Newmarket.
A rare play in a 2 year old contest today in the form of Somebody To Love. She clearly has a bit to find on paper to reverse course and distance form with stable companion Nations Alexander but she was sent off far shorter than the winner that day and it’s not hard to make excuses for the run. Thunder and lightening meant the ground went heavy very quickly and Somebody To Love looked far from happy in the conditions. She was quite brilliant on debut, at least at the business end, and it’s too soon to write her off just yet.
I’m a very big Usherette fan and she deservedly heads the betting for the Falmouth. It won’t be easy giving 9lb to Alice Springs, however, and Aidan O’Brien’s 3 year old filly has some serious form in the book. Beaten 4 and a bit lengths in the Guineas, France probably came a little too soon but she got back on track last time when a somewhat unlucky 3rd at Ascot. The big plus here is the ground. Connections were concerned it was on the easy side for her last time and this should suit a fair bit better. Amazing Maria isn’t to be discounted either, another who will improve for the return to quicker ground.
Cartago was sent off 2nd in the betting for a hot Epsom handicap last time but the result didn’t bare any resemblance to the market. He was poor, in truth, but it’s not tricky to forgive a horse a poor spin around Epsom and he has a real chance based upon his reappearance run behind Imperial Aviator. He didn’t get the clearest of runs that day and shaped a little as though it was needed. 3lb higher here, he looks a touch forgotten and the return to quicker ground is another potential plus.
Libriza Breeze will be a tough nut to crack in the Silver Bunbury Cup but he’s short enough in the betting. Again, it’s forgiveness time in the form of Can’t Change It who was a disappointing 4/1jf at Newcastle last time having just missed out on the Royal Hunt Cup. For what it’s worth I fancy the step up to a mile would have suited but he has the toe for this 7 furlongs and it’s too soon to write him off after he was never involved from the rear at Newcastle. He had gone well on tapeta before so the surface couldn’t be blamed but he still rates a progressive horse now returned to turf. An 8lb rise for his Goodwood win didn’t look too severe and I’m surprised there’s double figures floating around.