Expect Emotionless And Low Key Victories At Newmarket

Punters to expect Emotionless and Low Key victories in the feature races at Newmarket this afternoon

The Group One Dewhurst and the second leg of the autumn double the Betfred Cesarewitch make for a mouthwatering card for punters at Newmarket.

The Dewhurst (3.10) is certain to set the 2016 Classics markets alight when the highly regarded Air Force Blue and brilliant Emotionless clash to settle who is to be crowned champion two-year-old. O’Brien’s horse has done nothing wrong and has already picked Group One prizes. However, there seems to be something very special about the bloodless victories of Emotionless. Talk is that he is one of the best if not the best Godolphin have had in recent years. The colt’s victory over the classy Ibn Malik would suggest that is true.

The Cesarewitch (3.50) looks to be a vintage renewal with many of the great handicap plotters represented. The favourite Low Key was an impressive winner of the Trial a few weeks ago and punters should not overlook the confidence behind the horse from the stable. A low weight and talented Marquand onboard will see him go very close. There are dangers a many in the form of the Irish challengers (Quick Jack and Bayan to name a couple) and form the battalions of Sir Mark Prescott. Another to consider is the classy performer Oriental Fox for Mark Johnston who has done everything to suggest a bold show.

Chepstow’s inaugural Jumps Festival is a much welcomed innovation that will see the National Hunt season 2015/6 start with a bang this afternoon. With the big outfits sending out their teams expect the well respected Lanzarote winner Tea For Two to take the feature Silver Trophy in what is a competitive contest.


Emotionless was such a facile and impressive winner of the Champagne Stakes on St Leger Day that he had to enter everyone’s notebook. The colt is probably the best that Godolphin have had for sometime especially if he continues to improve and deliver on his work on the gallops. Expect a win and him to be favourite for the Guineas by 3.30.


Trainer David Pipe told ATR viewers this week that the horse was his best chance of a winner this weekend and with that confidence behind him he should not be overlooked. Good winner of the Trial and plenty more to come.


Archer would not have missed that the talented Joseph O’Brien stays in Ireland for this ride. On his debut he was heavily backed but failed to deliver. However, the booking suggests more to come.


This Lucky Chancer contested many of the big prizes in his division last season without being disgraced. A winner at the course he is worth a punt at big prices.

Crockford’s Betfred Cesarewitch Day Gambles:

Newmarket – Make Fast e/w (2.00), Beacon Rock (2.35), Emotionless (Dewhurst 3.10), Low Key e/w, Bayan e/w and Oriental Fox e/w (Cesarewitch 3.50) and Landofhopeandglory (4.25)

Chepstow – Altior (2.10), Regal Encore e/w (3.20), Karezak e/w (3.55),  The Liquidator e/w and Tea For Two e/w (4.30) and Sausalito Sunrise (5.05)

York – Persun e/w (1.45), Memorial Day (2.15), George Bowen e/w (3.25), Tadaawol (4.00), Navajo Chief e/w and Camagueyana e/w (5.10)

Hexham – Far From Defeat (1.50), Present Flight (2.25) and Miss MacNamara (4.10)

Limerick – A Year To Remember (2.40) and Tadaany e/w (3.45)

Fairyhouse – King Of The Picts (3.30)

(Featured photograph – Newmarket Rowley Mile by Stuart Rice)

Betfred Cesarewitch As Tough As Teak

Crockford believes that this year’s renewal  of the valuable Betfred Cesarewitch is as tough as Teak

The money may be coming for the Irish fancy Quick Jack, but Crockford believes that there is better value with the tough stayer Teak. In what is always an open contest, Teak stands out as having an excellent Betfred Cesarewitch profile. The winner of the Goodwood Stakes at the Glorious meeting and a recent winner over hurdles his stamina and ability cannot be in question.  If Teak and Tony Martin’s hot pot Quick Jack are going to be beaten, the overlooked Saddler’s Rock looks the most likely candidate. Once one of the best stayers around the Ex-Oxx trained horse is a massive 33/1 with some firms. Any return to form would see Saddler’s Rock well within the mix.

In the other big handicap on the Newmarket card (3.10), trainer Mark Johnston appears to have all the aces with the consistent Fire Fighting and progressive Stetchworth. At York the valuable sprint (3.30) may just go the way of Supplicant who now has a workable weight to win from.

A good national hunt card at Chepstow will see the useful Southfield Theatre, Dawalan and Monbeg Dude stake their claims for the season ahead.


Chesil Beach is improving with every run this season, having just won three races on the trot this prize appears to be at the three-year-old’s mercy. The Balding horse was an easier winner than suggested by the margin of his last victory.


As a tough a stayer as you will find. Teak beat many of his principle rivals for today’s race when taking the Goodwood Stakes back in the summer. With a recent hurdle victory under his belt he is going to be tough to crack.


Archer would have known how highly regarded this hurdler is by connections. The jockey would have been up on this former favourite for the Fred Winter.

Crockford’s Betfred Cesarewitch Day Gambles:

Newmarket – Future Empire (2.05), Blue Waltz (2.40), Stetchworth e/w (3.10), Teak e/w, Quick Jack e/w and Saddler’s Rock e/w (Betfred Cesarewitch 3.50)

York – Master of Finance e/w (1.50), Gabrial e/w (2.20), Supplicant e/w, Arnold Lane e/w and Rex Imperator e/w (3.30)

Chepstow – Karezak (2.00), Sivron (2.35), Southfield Theatre (3.40), Dawalan (4.20) and Monbeg Dude (5.30)

Musselburgh – Borderlescott e/w (4.15) and Chesil Beach (4.50)

Hexham – Carlanstown (2.10), Jenny’s Melody (2.45), Clondaw Knight (3.20) and Bourne (3.55)


(Featured Photograph – Teak winning the 2014 Goodwood Stakes by Stuart Rice)


Betfred Cesarewitch Ante Post: Saddlers Rock 33/1

2012 Goodwood Cup winner Saddlers Rock looks great Betfred Cesarewitch Ante Post value at 33/1

The Group Two Cup winning stayer Saddlers Rock may be carrying top weight in the Betfred Cesarewitch on Saturday but looks a cut above the rest in the valuable handicap.

Now with national hunt trainer Jonjo O’Neill the former Irish trained six-year-old jumps of the page amongst handicapers. With Betfred Cesarewitch Ante Post prices of 33/1 available with William Hill punters would be foolish to overlook this classy stayer.

Another solid each way chance is the Glorious Goodwood winner Teak who is quoted at 22/1 with Skybet. A hurdle winner late last month Teak will be fit for this long distance challenge.


(Featured photograph – Saddlers Rock at Ascot by Stuart Rice)