Friday’s Newmarket race card will be headlined by the Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup, which has been moved over from Epsom due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The race is run over the same distance as the Oaks and the Derby (1m 4f) and often features horses which competed in those events in the preceding seasons. This Group One race for older horses boasts an impressive roll of honour, featuring greats such as Petite Etoile, Mill Reef, Rainbow Quest, Yeats and St Nicholas Abbey.
Irish trainer, Aidan O’Brien regularly targets the race, recording a remarkable eight wins in the last 14 renewals, including a 2005 victory with Yeats – the four time Ascot Gold Cup winner. He is well represented again this year.
Stradivarius (4/1 Unibet) will be taking a significant drop in trip should he compete in the 1m4f feature at Newmarket on Friday 5th June.
Beaten just once in his last 11 starts, this thorough stayer would be tackling a race run over a shorter trip than 1m6f for the first time since he was turned over at Chester in a 1m4f handicap in 2017.
With this race probably being a prep for the Ascot Gold Cup, the Frankie Dettori-ridden six-year-old is far from being a concrete betting proposition.
The Charlie Appleby-trained Ghaiyyath (6/4 Coral) is the favourite and was considered a live contender for last season’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe but trailed in towards the rear of the field behind Waldgeist.
That run was too bad to be true and the flop could possibly be afforded to the soft conditions underfoot that day. He was previously a 14-length victor of a German Group One last year and had a similarly easy romp in a Group Three at Meydan in February.