The late start to this year’s Flat racing season means the sport is playing catch-up. Thus, there’s a Sunday racing bonus on ITV4, with nine races from Windsor, Newmarket and the Curragh.
Newmarket has two Listed events, the Empress Fillies’ Stakes at 2.45 and the Fred Archer Stakes at 4.30. Both have seven runners but look awkward betting contests.
The 6f Empress, for two-year-olds, sees the quick return of Albany Stakes fourth Undertake. On a strict form line, she has the beating of Yarmouth winner Kadupul. Ralph Beckett’s filly Time Scale romped home by six lengths at Chepstow, while Concession is another to consider. The latter won her sole start, a three-runner affair at Chelmsford, having looked the least likely turning for home. But when Ryan Moore switched her to the right, she ran on well. She can go close here.
There are now three non-runners in the Fred Archer Stakes. First In Line, Alignak and Grace And Danger are all out, reducing the field to four. That spoils the race from a betting point of view. John Gosden’s El Misk gets a tentative vote but it’s not a race to bet on.
Windsor’s Sunday card
Windsor is better known for its Monday night cards. However, this one has two Listed races.
The 6f Carnarvon Stakes for three-year-olds at 2.25 looks between Salisbury Group 3 winner Dark Lady and Gimcrack third Repartee. However, both are having their first run of the year. Fleeting Prince fly jumped leaving the stalls in the Group 3 Pavilion Stakes at Haydock last time but finished fourth, beaten just over two lengths. He has fitness on his side.
The one-mile Midsummer Stakes is at 3.00. Stormy Antarctic should strip fitter for his fourth place in a Newbury Group 3 on June 13. Accidental Agent finished fifth (at 100/1) in Queen Anne Stakes but hasn’t won since landing that race two years ago. He’s hit and miss. The choice here is Royal Hunt Cup third Pogo at around 5/1.
Curragh’s Sunday card
The Curragh’s Group 2 Greenland Stakes at 4.15 reunites Buffer Zone, Chessman, Gustavus Weston and Forever In Dreams. They finished third, fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in a Naas Listed contest with little more than a length covering them. Dennis Hogan’s recent Naas winner Make A Challenge is the likely favourite. However, Speak In Colours, runner-up in this race last year, finished a good fifth in Royal Ascot’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes last time and has a good chance here. Prior to that he’d finished second in the Group 3 Gladness Stakes, a race in which Smash Williams finished third. At around 16/1, ‘Smash’ is the place value.
Magical will be odds-on for the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at 4.45 and should win. However, she hasn’t run since winning Ascot’s Champion Stakes in October. Stablemate Fleeting, second in a Curragh Group 2 last time, will have fitness on her side.