The Mandarin’s Newbury Racecard for Saturday 18th September

Sir David Sieff EBF Novice Stakes 1.10
Dubai Poet
Roger Varian’s Lope De Vega colt finished a creditable fourth here on debut, over this course and distance, and can be expected to improve for that run. He was getting into his stride in the final furlong in that race, and may well benefit from a more prominent ride this time around

Heatherworld Stud Handicap 1.40
Il Bandito
He’s been rather frustrating to follow this term, having now hit the bar on four successive runs after his sole win on turf at Haydock back in May. However, he’s shown that he can run on a variety of going and there’s hope that he can add to the tally at some point, so is given the nod here with the in-form William Buick along for the ride

Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes (Group 3) 2.15
Tis Marvellous (nb)
Clive Cox’s gelding is entering the veteran stage of his career now, but showed there’s still plenty of spark in him when winning in impressive style at Beverley last time out, forging well clear in the closing stages. He arrives here on a hat-trick after that Beverley success and at Ascot in the Shergar Cup Dash, and may well have one more big run in him this season. Runner-up in this race last year behind the smart Lazuli, he’ll look to go one better with his current form

Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes (Group 3) 2.50
Al Aasy (nap)
William Haggas’s Sea The Stars gelding has to be the one to follow for this Group 3 prize. After winning both starts here at Newbury in April and May, he started favourite for the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom, just losing by a neck, before again filling the runner-up spot at Newmarket, in the Princess Of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes. He’s back from a break now, and down in grade, so looks hard to oppose with Jim Crowley back in the saddle to see him home

Dubai Duty Free Handicap 3.25
Given here for a Class 3 handicap at York, he took the pot in cosy style, and that backed up a previous win at Musselburgh to give him a chance of a hat-trick here. He’s up in grade, but going the right way for the in-form team of William Haggas and Tom Marquand

Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2) 4.00
Gis A Sub
Kevin Ryan’s speedster won in commanding style at Pontefract back in June, and confirmed the promise when second to Lusail in the Gimcrack at York, with the re-opposing Fearby back in fourth. That sets a decent standard for this competitive Group 2 for juveniles, and he’s sure to be on the premises

Sir David Sieff EBF Novice Stakes 4.35
Koy Koy
Andrew Balding’s Acclamation colt created a good impression when chasing home a Gosden hotpot at Ascot two weeks ago, and dropped back to Class 4 company should go one better. Champion Jockey elect, Oisin Murphy takes over the reins and a big run is expected in this moderate handicap

Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Handicap 5.05
Bague D’Or
It is probably best to side with Chris Wall’s Bague D’Or for the closing race on the card. He’s firmly on the up after landing the spoils at Newmarket three weeks back with the step up to a mile and a half seemingly well within range. More on his plate here graduating to Class 3 company but has James Doyle booked for the trip and should be thereabouts

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