THERE are only four weeks to go until this year’s Investec Derby and it’s not just ante-post favourite Saxon Warrior that puts his Epsom credentials on the line at Newmarket tomorrow.
A field of eight have been declared for the Havana Gold Newmarket Stakes (4.45pm) and I’m interested in the only runner that holds an entry for the big one in a month’s time.
STEPHENSONS ROCKET raced just twice as a two-year-old, only narrowly failing on his debut at Sandown in September before going on to bolt up at Redcar the following month.
He caught my eye at Sandown travelling like a really good horse before inexperience cost him when he was nailed late on by Crossed Baton.
That colt franked the form by going on to win last week’s Investec Derby Trial at Epsom and is now one of the more interesting outsiders for next month’s Classic.
My selection is bound to improve for tomorrow’s run and may just be a bit of value as he isn’t trained by one of Newmarket’s big guns.
Speaking of which, John Gosden saddles Graffiti Master, who hasn’t been seen since finishing third in the Zetland Stakes here last October, while Godolphin are represented by Old Persian, a winner at the Craven meeting, and the unbeaten Key Victory.
They will provide stiff opposition to Stephensons Rocket, but hopefully their presence will ensure we get a decent price.
As ITV will have gone off air, you can watch this race live on Racing UK, whose parent company Racecourse Media Group (RMG) announced impressive results this week.
The 37 British racecourses affiliated to RMG will receive £93.1 million in revenue generated from their media rights in 2017, which represents a 9% increase on 2016.
Stephensons Rocket e/w 4.45pm Newmarket