Saturday’s Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket is shaping up to be one of the best juvenile races of the season after the 10 entries included the Gimcrack winner Minzaal, the Richmond Stakes winner Supremacy, three Royal Ascot winners in The Lir Jet, Tactical and Nando Parrado and Lucky Vega who was an unlucky fifth in the National Stakes recently.
Minzaal, who is owned by Sheikh Hamdan, will bid to give Owen Burrows a first Group One winner. “Owen’s been very pleased with him since York,” said Angus Gold, the sheikh’s racing manager. “I’m sure he’ll have another bit of work later in the week an if that goes well, hopefully we’ll see him on Saturday.”
Clive Cox, who has Supremacy in the race, also has Nando Parrado, the 150-1 winner of the Coventry Stakes who franked the form when runner-up in the Prix Morny. He would prefer the Dewhurst or a drop of rain for Nando Parrado.
“Supremacy is proven on the ground,” said Cox. “He would be our chosen runner on Saturday. We thought about the gimcrack with him but he didn’t scope perfectly and everything’s fine now. He’s a lovely horse with a lot of speed.”
The fillies Miss Amulet, winner of the Lowther Stakes at York, and Dandalla, the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes winner, are set to clash in the fillies’ equivalent, the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes.
Ryan Moore will ride the Ken Condon trained Miss Amulet who has been bought and will run in the colours of Doreen Tabor.
Newmarket and the British Horseracing Authority will be listening carefully to what the Prime Minister says today about new measures to combat the spread of a second wave of coronavirus.
After Warwick hosted a small crowd of 472 successfully on Monday, Newmarket is due to host racing’s next crowd pilot at the Cambridgeshire meeting which starts the day after tomorrow. I am not sure anyone will be holding their breath.