Mark Johnston‘s unbeaten Lowther winner Threading looks capable of continuing her progress on Saturday by landing the Group 1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (14:20) at Newmarket.
The daughter of Exceed And Excel dotted up in a Goodwood maiden over six furlongs in early August and it was to prove worth noting when her shrewd handler opted to jump straight into Group 2 company just 22 days later for York’s Lowther Stakes.
There, Threading made smooth progress under James Doyle and defied her inexperience in lowering the colours of Madeline, a Listed winner with experience in Group-race company.
That was no mean feat for Threading and she’s given the chance to take another step forward at Newmarket, where she rates a 4/1 chance to win the Cheveley Park on Saturday.
Her chief threat appears to be the Aidan O’Brien-trained Clemmie, last spotted winning the Duchess of Cambridge on the July Course and 7/4 to give the Ballydoyle handler back-to-back wins in the Fillies’ Group 1.
It could prove to a big afternoon at Headquarters for Johnston with his Cardsharp (10/1) capable of having a big say in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (14:55).
Winner of the July Stakes over six furlongs at the track earlier in the season, Cardsharp has run with credit in both outings since considering he was conceding weight for that Newmarket win. In Group 1 company now he’ll compete off levels and he looks to be underestimated in the each-way market as such.
The Cambridgeshire (15:35) is the big handicap at Newmarket on Saturday and with 35 runners scheduled to go to post, it presents punters with a real headache.
Andrew Balding’s Naval Warfare (16/1) was a winner over a mile at Newmarket last month and with the stable in useful form, he looks set to give Oisin Murphy a good spin in this competitive heat off a very workable mark for a horse with the potential to improve again.
Meanwhile across in Ireland the jumps season takes a step up with the PWC Champion Chase (16:00).
Gordon Elliott’s Balko Des Flos is set to go off an odds-on favourite in his attempt to confirm Galway Plate superiority over Shaneshill.
The latter is now 7lb better off however and he might have finished a good bit closer at Ballybrit but for a jumping mistake at a crucial juncture. At the likely prices, Shaneshill is selected to give Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins back-to-back wins in the Grade 2 contest.
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