The Dubai Future Champions Day over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket on Saturday will feature some of flat racing's best up-and-coming talents, with the age limit for many of the races just two years.
With going set to be good to firm and six Class 1 races to look forward to—as well as the two-mile, two-furlong Cesarewitch—it promises to be a fine day of racing at the Suffolk racecourse as the end of the flat season approaches.
7f Class 1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes
The Dewhurst Stakes is the most prestigious race of the flat season for two-year-old colts and fillies, with many runners set to compete in next year's Classics.
Past winners include Frankel and Rock of Gibraltar, both of whom went on to be renowned as two of the best flat racehorses of recent years. Indeed, according to Timeform ratings, Frankel is regarded as the best flat racehorse of all time.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained War Command will begin the race as favourite with most bookmakers, per Oddschecker, with Bet365 offering odds of 6-5 on a success for the US-owned horse.
With J.P. O'Brien in the saddle, the colt was a convincing winner in the Coventry Stakes at Ascot and also in the Futurity Stakes at Curragh.
His major competition for the win is expected to come from Godolphin-trained Outstriped, who is the only entry from Sheikh Mohammed's stables.
Outstriped was a 13-8 winner in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last month and, per Bet365, is currently priced at 7-4 for the Dewhurst Stakes.
Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Anjaal is third favourite, according to the bookies—currently priced at 6-1 per Bet365—but has not been seen since winning the Newmarket July Stakes more than three months ago per Racingbetter.co.uk.
2m 2f Class 2 Betfred Cesarewitch
The giant Cesarewitch Handicap takes place each October, finishing over the Rowley Mile, and is the longest race of Future Champions Day.
Only open to thoroughbreds aged three and over, it is one of just two races on the card not to be restricted to two-year-olds.
Per Oddschecker, the early pre-race favourite is Pallasator, who holds early odds of 7-1 according to Bet365.
Per Sky Sports, the Sir Mark Prescott-trained four-year-old has won three of five recent outings but was defeated last time out at Haydock last month.
The main competition, per the bookmakers, is expected to come from French raider Smokey Hill and Irish horse Domination, who won convincingly over three miles in Cork per RacingBetter.co.uk.
Much attention, though, will be on the Nicky Henderson-trained duo of Lieutenant Miller and Earth Amber, as Henderson attempts a third win in the race.
Henderson told the Racing Post on Wednesday:
Lieutenant Miller has had a very good summer and this looks a good race for him. This has been the plan for some time. After his runs at Royal Ascot and Goodwood, it seemed the natural thing to do.
If it stays as it is, he will be suited by the ground. But there is some rain forecast, which Earth Amber will appreciate.
Bet365 has Lieutenant Miller at 12-1 in the early odds, while Earth Amber is currently further out at 16-1 despite the forecast showers.
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