It’ll be all eyes on the racecard ahead of Saturday’s hotly-anticipated Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.
This highly popular race is classed as a Group I race, run on the flat by two-year old colts. The race is run across the Rowley Mile, with a total distance of 6 furlongs, or 1,207 metres. Founded by William Blenkiron in 1866, it’s traditional for the leading contender at Juddmonte to be entered for the following season’s 2000 Guineas Stakes.
However, the last horse to achieve wins across both races was Rodrigo de Triano, during 1991 – 1992.
At the time of writing, there are 13 contenders in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes for 2019, with Siskin looking to be the horse to back, based on his current form. Trained by Ger Lyons, this is a highly-regarded contender, with some punters claiming that he has the ability and experience to excel in the race.
Mums Tipple is also worth watching, having achieved a spectacular win at the recent Ebor Festival. Trained by Richard Harrison, this horse is known to excel on the racetrack, although he hasn’t raced at Newmarket before. Still, expectations are high that he’ll do very well.
And don’t dismiss Lope Y Fernandez just yet. This young colt, trained by Aidan O’Brien, is more accustomed to races over seven furlongs so this shorter race could just work in his favour.
Aiden O’Brien has achieved great success in this race in previous years, so he’ll be looking for more of the same at this Saturday’s meeting.
Dubai Station has had a bit of a tricky season, losing out to Earthlight in a previous race. Earthlight is also competing and with four wins under his belt this season, Andre Fabre is going to be hoping to add the Juddmonte to his list of success stories.
Golden Horde had a winning run at the Richmond Stakes and stands a good chance of being a serious contender in the Juddmonte.
This young colt has previously defeated Threat, who is also scheduled to race but may yet be withdrawn.