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Written by Owen Golding
Aidan O’Brien will rely on Prix winner Morny Blackbeard and The Antarctic to cement his impressive record in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes on Saturday (3.00) in Newmarket.
Blackbeard defeated fellow second-set stablemate Robert Papin at Chantilly in July and continued his crowded campaign with a daring success over the Persian force at Morney last time out.
They will attempt to give O’Brien a seventh race win, following recent victories by the US Navy Flag (2017) and Ten Sovereigns (2018).
Persian Force will reopen Blackbird and it will be back in the hands of Rosa Ryan, who is linked with Amu Racing after their public split three weeks ago. Ryan also rides to the Amo in Newmarket on Friday, where Olivia Maralda takes part in the Rockfel Stakes.
Persian power was no match for Little Big Bear at the Phoenix Stakes at Curragh but would only need to overturn a half-length deficit with Blackbeard from their last encounter.
Marshmmann lost his unbeaten record when he finished second to Noble Style at Gymcrack last month and leads the market to coach Karl Burke, who is looking for his first group 1 success since 2019.
Charlie Appleby and William Buick will be looking to continue their dominant campaign with Mischief Magic, Group 3 winner at Kempton this month, while Yarmouth’s junior winner Zoology was quickly turned around by James Ferguson to take his chance.
The field was completed by husband Ismail Mohamed of Never Just A Dream and Once More For Luck.
Runners and jockeys in Middle Park
black bird Ryan Moore
marshman Clifford Lee
mischief magic William Buick
Not just a dream Cameron Noble
again for luck Benoît de la Sayette
Persian force Rosa Ryan
Southern Antarctica Tom Marquand
Zoology Siren Fallon
Coral: 9-4 Marshman, 11-4 Blackbeard, 3 Mischev Magic, 11-2 Persian Force, 9 Antarctic, Zoology, 66 bar
Five of the best for O’Brien in Cheveley Park?
Four of the last six Cheveley Park Stakes (2.25) has gone the O’Brien route and will hand out 1,000 Guinness fictional Midyat to give him a record fifth win in a Group 1 competition.
The Meditate, who took the title of the year 7-1 for next year’s Classic, lost her undefeated record when she was defeated by Guinea favorites New Tahra at Moyglare this month.
Prior to that, it was a great spot winner in Group 2 with little, but perhaps decisive, experience over its main competitors in the market.
Molecomb winner Trillium was forced to dig deeper to win the Flying Childers race in Doncaster this month, but the shape of that win, which saw her cut into The Platinum Queen, looks solid in the context of this race.
William Buick will step in to partner with Lezoo, who would be without her regular partner Frankie Dettori, while Lowther Stakes winner Swingalong hopes to turn the tables on Trillium won by Newbury.
There were five and three-quarter lengths between them in that first competition, but the skilled Karl Burke trained came in leaps and bounds on two consecutive starts.
A resplendent Ralph Beckett leans on third-set winner Juliette Sierra while double course and distance winner Mogg seeks to bounce back from a three-time defeat to Swingalong in Luther.
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Runners and jockeys at Cheveley Park
Juliette Sierra rob Hornby
Zoo William Buick
have Abad luck Andrea Atzini
Mawj Ray Dawson
Mylandsea Tom Marquand
meditate Ryan Moore
Swingalong Clifford Lee
treasure buried Billy Lee
trillium Pat Dobbs
wave machine Daniel Maskut
Coral: 2 Trillium, 5-2 Meditate, 6 Swingalong, 13-2 Lezoo, 7 Juliet Sierra, 11 Treasure Trove, 12 Mawj, 33 Bar
Haggas at the fore as announced 29 for Cambridgeshire
William Haggas will look for every advantage he can get in a Coaches Championship fight and the market suggests he has aces in Cambridgeshire (3.40), a heritage handicap that drew 29 runners, six of whom are below max field.
Mojtaba is back from a 124-day break with a comfortable win over Doncaster in a first tongue tie and leads the market under a potentially lenient 4lb penalty.
Haggas also has his second favorite, the protagonist, whose recent victories at Doncaster and Sandon, preceding the re-opening landslide, later scored at Goodwood.
This contender is gaining the services of Ryan Moore and is in a good position at a 2-pound under penalty kick alongside First View coached by Saeed Bin Suroor, a first-time Kempton winner in tricks.
Jon Gosden has won this race five times and is hoping to add his son Taddy to the honor roll with Magical Morning, who is dropping in class after a heavy defeat at the listed company.
bet365: 9-2 Mojtaba, 7 Champion, 9 Smart Victory, 12 Totally Witch, Double Identity, 14 Jimi Hendrix, Kitson Power, First Sight, 16 Electric Storm, My Achievements, Bill Rock, 20 Bar
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First published at 11:36am on Sep 22, 2022