It is day two of the superb three-day July Festival at Newmarket, one of the highlights of the summer in Britain, a meeting that culminates in Group 1 Darley July Cup day on Saturday.
Fresh from giving winners at 6/1 and 5/2 on Thursday, here to preview the card day is our regular racing pundit and tipster, Alan Marron.
The feature race is the Group 1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes (4:10pm) but the card also includes the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes (2:25pm) and £60,000 handicaps at 3pm and 3:35pm.
12.10 1m 4f HANDICAP
If ye can remember the Newcastle card when racing resumed, I was quite sweet on the chances of WISE GLORY and he ran a very good race when he was a close second to Valyrian Steel. He improved off the back of that when he broke his maiden at Leicester last time out, when he made all the running, and that change of tactics might be adopted here also.
He will have to contend with a change in ground conditions but I think his handicap mark of 79 might actually underestimate the ability he has.
12.45 5f HANDICAP
The selection here, TANASOQ, is now a NON RUNNER
TANASOQ is a very interesting runner here for Paul Midgley and Adam Kirby.
At his peak this horse was rated 98 and he gets in here off eight pounds lower and back to his last winning mark of 90.
He needs to return to somewhere like the form he showed when third in the Ayr Gold Cup behind Baron Bolt back in 2018 to be competitive here, but he produced an eye-catching run last time out when he was only four-and-a-half lengths behind the progressive National Anthem.
Many of ye may say he finished second last and how can that be eye-catching? However, for me he needed the run badly and I think he will improve plenty from it. The ground should be no issue and I expect a big run here.
1.15 7f (July) bet365 British EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Colts & Geldings) (Class 4) (2yo)
I know the Charlie Appleby team think a lot of MAGICAL LAND and we could see a major improvement from first run to second here.
He was sent off favourite on his debut and finished second behind Bright Devil, who is trained by Andrew Balding. The fifth that day, Nando Parado, really franked the form when he went and won the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot at a massive 150-1.
The fourth, fifth, sixth and eleventh all won next time up so the form has plenty of substance to it.
Magical Land will be very hard to beat here and I would be surprised if he wasn’t favourite or very close to it come race-time. He’s a very interesting runner.
1.50 7F Handicap
The forecast rain that connections of PRESIDENTIAL were looking for has fallen in bucket loads and this has to really improve his chances after he ran a cracking race to finish sixth in the Silver Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.
He drops back to 7f here and, back on his favoured surface, he should prove very hard to keep out of the frame.
He is five-pounds higher than when he was successful at Doncaster on the 13th of June but he impressed me with the manner of that victory and won a little snugly in the end. All his best form has been over 7f and shorter so the mile at Royal Ascot was always going to be a big ask.
I can see him taking all the beating here with luck in running.
2.25 6f (July) DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES (Group 2) (Fillies) (Class 1) (2yo)
While many pundits are raving about Dandalla, and her rating proves that she may be one of the best two-year-old fillies we will see this season, I will take her on with HALA HALA HALA, who beat a subsequent winner when successful at Thirsk on her debut. I just love the way she travelled through that race and she won comfortably in the end.
The filly that finished second that day was She’s So Nice, who we saw win the first race at Newmarket on Thursday. This filly was green out of the stalls but knew her job and did it nicely in the end.
While the forecast favourite will be hard to beat, Hala Hala Hala will give her plenty to do as she should be open to improvement.
For me, she’s a solid each way option in a competitive race.
3.00 1m 6f HERITAGE HANDICAP
We haven’t seen SAM COOKE in 428 days but it looks quite significant that he is all the rage in the market, suggesting that we should pay close attention to him.
He was last seen at Chester last year when he won an extended-mile-and-a-half handicap with a bit to spare and looks very well handicapped here on his belated return. He hasn’t been out of the first two in his four runs and should go very close here.
Ralph Beckett is a dab hand at these long-distance handicaps and there is no doubt he will be fit and ready for this. The most important thing to take from his last run is that he raced keenly so Harry Bentley will be keen to get him switched off in midfield and let him travel and get into a rhythm.
He could be one of the gambles of the day and I would keep a close eye on the market.
3.35 1m 2f HANDICAP
It could be a quick double for the team of Ralph Beckett and Harry Bentley as LUCANDER will no doubt improve off the back of his first run of the season when he was third at Haydock (only beaten a neck in a bunched finish).
The step up in trip will suit and he should have no issue with the ground, having been successful at York on soft ground off a ten-ound lower mark.
Just like Sam Cooke in the previous race, Lucander looks like he will improve for the step up in trip and he should go very close.
In both of his victories last season he did all his best work at the finish to get up close home. He looks a solid each-way proposition here and for me he will be very hard to keep out of the frame.
4.10 1m (July) Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies & Mares) (Class 1) (3yo+)
ONE MASTER was one of the fillies that I was sweet on the chances of at Royal Ascot and she really disappointed when sixth of ten behind Hello Youmzain in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
She steps back up to a mile here and I expect her to go very close with rain in her favour.
The fact that Pierre-Charles Boudot is coming over for the ride heightens my interest in her as he gets on very well with her – he won the Prix de la Foret on her last season.
If she can return to anything like the form that saw her finish third in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot in 2019 then I think she looks the one to beat here.
She is ideally suited by softer ground so the more rain that falls the better her chance will become.