De Sousa can strike with Kassiano in Newbury Arc Trial
The Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes is the highlight of Newbury’s card on Saturday with Frankie Dettori hoping to bag another prize for Sheikh Bin Hamad Al Thani. He partners the unbeaten Shamshon for Richard Hannon, an impressive winner at Sandown and Deauville.
The colt has an extra furlong to travel here but has finished his races strongly and will be tough to beat. The consistent Supplicant looks sure to run a big race for Richard Fahey after putting up an impressive performance in the Ripon Champion two-year-old trophy.
Whilst the Newbury Arc Trial is unlikely to have any bearing on the big race in France, it still brings together some useful middle-distance performers. Dettori rides Paul Cole’s Gifted Girl who was second to the vastly-improved Dank in the Beverly D Stakes at Arlington.
John Gosden’s Camborne won comfortably at Doncaster but drops back in distance whilst Main Sequence is yet to recapture the form that saw him finish second in the 2012 Derby. The one to be on could be Godolphin’s Kassiano who won a decent prize at Newmarket without coming off the bridle.
The Dubai Duty Free Handicap at 2.55 looks very competitive but Lady Cecil’s Disclaimer could return to winning ways after failing to stay the trip in the Queen’s Vase at Ascot in June. He pulled his way to the front with three furlongs to travel but could not sustain his effort.
There are some consistent handicappers up against him here including Trader Jack and Viewpoint. Irish raider Saxo Jack just held the late challenge of Steps To Freedom at Dundalk last time and won’t be making the trip over just for the good of his health.
The Dubai International Airport World Trophy at 3.30 completes the group race action for the day with Wokingham Stakes winner York Glory aiming to atone for a narrow defeat in the Beverley Bullet. James Doyle steps in for the ride here and the grey could reverse placings with Stepper Point.
Selections: 1.20 Dutch Romance, 1.50 Kassiano (NAP), 2.20 Shamshon, 2.55 Disclaimer, 3.30 York Glory, 4.05 Meteoroid, 4.40 Exchequer, 5.10 Evident