The 2020 Middle Park Stakes takes place on Saturday 26 September. This Group 1 race for 2-year-olds is run over 6-furlongs on the third and final day of the Cambridgeshire Meeting and it has attracted an intriguing field of eight runners.
18 of the last 20 winners of the Middle Park Stakes arrived at Newmarket having won their previous race. Charterhouse is one of four horses that didn’t win their last race in this year’s field, and his overall form leaves him with plenty to find with the market leaders.
Royal Ascot winners Tactical and The Lir Jet looked potentially useful at the time, but the latter has been beaten on his last two runs, while Tactical was beaten in a Group 1 last time and his earlier form has been let down by the placed horses.
Lucky Vega also got beaten last time in a Group 1 but had previously won at this level. He was also heavily hampered on his last run, so isn’t dismissed by any means.
Aidan O’Brien has won two of the last three runnings of the Middle Park Stakes and his Lippanizer won last time out. But that was just an average race and he’s already been beaten by both Lucky Vega and The Lir Jet already this season.
Clive Cox trained the Middle Park winner in 2012 and he saddles the useful Supremacy this time. His son of Mehmas beat useful yardstick Yazaman that day by 4-lengths, but he looked to benefit from being able to dictate the early pace on the rails.
Minzaal is another son of Mehmas that has made a big impression this season. He caught the eye when beaten on debut but has exuded class when travelling easily and quickening clear to win his last two races. He also beat Yazaman by further than Supremacy last time and his run-style suggests he’s not reached the ceiling of his potential yet.
Method has made the biggest impression of today’s runners, and he’s our Middle Park Stakes tip. He was backed as though defeat was out of the question on debut and duly obliged by 4½ lengths from a horse that has since won a Listed race and a Group 2. He only won a Listed race second time up, but the runner-up has since won a Group 3. The times of his wins have also earmarked him as a horse of huge potential.
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