Saturday 14th October

2.40pm York – Dance Diva 1pt Each Way (11/1)

Shabaaby is deservedly a very short price for this race following his 7-length romp at Doncaster. But one who provides plenty of value is Richard Fahey’s Dance Diva. She racked up a hat-trick over six furlongs before an excellent second in the Princess Margaret behind Nyaleti. Stepped up to 7f last time was asking a bit too much of her regarding stamina and to top it off she was racing in the middle of the track on the Newmarket July Course which is not where you want to be at all. That performance can be marked up and with this return to 6f being very much a positive she has great place claims at the very least. She’s a group class filly that can give the favourite a scare.

3.00pm Newmarket – Threeandfourpence 1pt Each Way (66/1)

Expert Eye comes in to the Dewhurst with a lofty reputation and may well live up to it. But one at a huge price from a yard you can never discount in these big races is Threeandfourpence, who is one of four for Aidan O’Brien. Having that many runners in this field, I’m sure that Ballydoyle will come here with a plan. The ground is constantly quickening up at Newmarket and that will very much play to the strengths of this son of War Front. O’Brien’s two year olds aren’t usually wound up for their first racecourse appearance and he ran a very encouraging second on debut in what is working out to be a decent maiden. He dropped back to 6f last time and somehow managed to win from what was a very unpromising position (understatement). He’s a full brother to Hit It A Bomb who won a Group 1 on his third start and also last years Cheveley Park victor Brave Anna. Both of those were outstanding two year olds and Threeandfourpence can follow suit. He’s a massive price and I think he comes into this underestimated!

 

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