Dewhurst Stakes Preview – Saturday 13th October
Last updated: October 11, 2018 by Leon Marshal
Saturday’s £500,000 Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket looks like a top class renewal of the important Classic trial. The race has a rich history of producing Classic winners dating back to 1875.
Nijinsky (1969), Mill Reef (1970), Grundy (1974), Wollow (1975) and The Minstrel (1976) all won here before going on to Classic success. In more recent times the high standard has been maintained by the likes of Generous (1990), Rock of Gibraltar (2001), New Approach (2007), Frankel (2010) and Churchill (2016).
Churchill was one of six winners for Aidan O’Brien including four in the last five seasons. US Navy Flag won the race in 2018, defeating stable companions Mendelssohn and Seahenge in a clean sweep for the Ballydoyle yard.
Anthony Van Dyck leads O’Brien team
Ten Sovereigns was a late withdrawal following his win in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes last month. O’Brien also has high hopes for Anthony Van Duck, a colt by Galileo out of a mare by Exceed And Excel. He won the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh before chasing home Quarto in the Group 1 National Stakes. He came under pressure a long way out that day but stuck to his task well against a useful colt.
O’Brien is also represented by Christmas and Mohawk. Christmas set a decent pace before being overhauled by Anthony Van Dyck in the Futurity Stakes. He was only beaten half a length there but finished nearly six lengths adrift in the National Stakes. Mohawk was behind both colts in fourth last time but has since won the Royal Lodge Stakes over a mile at Newmarket.
The favourite is John Gosden’s Too Darn Hot, the winner of all three starts under Frankie Dettori. He confirmed the promise of his seven lengths debut success when winning a Group 3 at Sandown in September. The son of Dubawi was long odds-on favourite to complete the hat-trick and did so in good style in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes. He quickened up impressively from well off the pace at Doncaster and looks a worthy favourite.
Sangarius steps up in class at Newmarket
The dark horse of the race is Sir Michael Stoute’s Sangarius, a colt by Kingman out of a mare by Empire Maker. He won a Newmarket maiden by a neck on his debut before powering to victory in a Listed race at Doncaster. The second, third and fourth have been well beaten since so there is a slight question mark over the form.
Martyn Meade saddles Advertise, a colt by Showcasing and the winner of three of his four starts. His only defeat came against Calyx in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. He won a Group 2 at Newmarket in July before beating So Perfect in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. The runner-up ran well in the Cheveley Park Stakes recently but this looks a much tougher Group 1.
Kuwait Currency finished last on his debut for Richard Hannon but bounced back to win by six lengths at Lingfield. He then stepped up to a mile to win a Listed race at Salisbury but has a lot more to do here.
Too Darn Hot @Evens William Hill.
The Dewhurst Stakes is due off at 3.00 at Newmarket on Saturday 13th October and will be televised live on ITV.