Horris Hill Stakes Preview – Saturday 27th October
Last updated: October 26, 2018 by Leon Marshal
Newbury stages a very competitive flat racing card on Saturday, featuring the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes over seven furlongs. This race was formerly a Group 2 and notable previous winners include Kris (1978), Kalaglow (1980) and Tirol (1989). It is no longer regarded as a Classic trial but continues to attract good quality horses. Charles Hills and Frankie Dettori teamed up 12 months’ ago to score with Nebo, defeating Tangled and Mythical Magic.
Chairmanoftheboard favourite for Horris Hill
The ante-post favourite this season is the Mick Channon trained colt Chairmanoftheboard, a son of Slade Power. He was heavily backed to make a winning debut at Goodwood recently and the result was never in doubt. He stormed clear to beat Sir Busker by eight lengths in soft ground and now takes a step up in class.
John Gosden bids to continue his storming finish to the season with Azano, an equally impressive winner at Yarmouth last time. He had finished one from last on his debut at the same course on his debut but left that form well behind when beating Frederickbarbarosa by five lengths. That was over seven furlongs on good to soft ground, the same conditions that he will race on at Newbury.
Richard Hannon Junior won this race in 2014 with Smaih and he is represented this year by Dirty Rascal. The colt looks fully exposed after seven starts, most recently winning a Nursery Handicap over course and distance in September. He had previously posted a career-best effort to finish second to The Great Heir in a valuable sales race at Doncaster.
Gosden doubly represented at Doncaster
Jim Crowley partners Fanaar for William Haggas, a beaten favourite in a Doncaster nursery last time when rated 85. The son of Dark Angel was blocked in his run that day and ran on strongly once in the clear behind Arctic Sound. He could be a couple of lengths better than he showed that day.
Jason Watson partners Almufti for Hugo Palmer and Al Shaqab Racing. The son of Toronado returned from a 71-day absence to win comfortably at Kempton last month. Brian Meehan’s Athmad won well over course and distance on his debut, beating Cap Francais by two and a half lengths. He came up against a smart colt in Sangarius at Doncaster next time but could finish only sixth.
Clive Cox and Adam Kirby team up with House Of Kings, a colt by Camelot out of a Raven’s Pass mare. He got off the mark at the third attempt when beating Global Hero at Leicester. Victory Command has been almost as busy for Mark Johnston, winning four of his nine starts. He won a Listed race at Ascot in July and since finished fourth in Group races at Sandown and Newmarket.
Futurity Stakes Betting Tips
Fanaar @6-1 William Hill Azano @5-1 Each-way 1/5 odds, 1,2,3
The Horris Hill Stakes is due off at 2.50 at Newbury on Saturday 27th October and will be televised live on ITV4.