The 2020 Rose Bowl Stakes takes place at Newmarket Racecourse on Thursday 24 September, which is the first day of the 3-day Cambridgeshire meeting. It is a Listed Race run over 2-miles and it has attracted a field of six runners.
Who What When makes a surprise appearance, and she will be the big outsider. She has won two bumpers, but she was well-beaten in good races in that sphere and hasn’t made much of an impact in hurdle races.
Sleeping Lion is a fair performer at up to 2-miles and he won a handicap off a mark of 91 at the end of last season. But he hasn’t got his head in front so far this year and he’s rated 18lb lower than the highest-rated horse in the field.
Ranch Hand has been disappointing since beating Trueshan at Haydock off a mark of 94 last season, struggling to make an impact in decent handicaps off marks around his current one of 100. His best form also came on soft ground and the forecast is for it to be good-to-firm.
Ghostwatch won three times in 2018, including a Listed race. But he was then forced to have a season off. His best run off the season came when second in a handicap off a mark of 103, while he’s also finished third in a Listed Race. But he was disappointing in the Ebor Handicap last time and needs this first-time step-up to 2-miles to bring about improvement in the region of 12lb if the market leader performs up to his best.
Withhold looks the main challenger to our Rose Bowl Stakes tip, as last year’s win in this race was one of two wins from two appearances at Newmarket. The other was the Cesarewitch, so he must be respected returned to his favourite hunting ground. But he must concede 3lb to a rival rated 4lb superior, which may prove beyond him.
Mildenburger is our Rose Bowl Stakes tip. Mark Johnston’s 5-year-old has been absent for 110 days, but he’s won twice when fresh. When we last saw him, he finished well ahead of Withhold off level-weights in a race in which he finished second to his higher-rated stablemate Nayef Road. He’s also won a Listed race at Newmarket over shorter but seems to have been especially suited to stepping-up to two-miles on his last few runs.
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