The Dewhurst Stakes(15.30 Sat 8th Oct) is one of the most prestigious races for 2-year-old colts, and it has been run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket ever since 1875. It is a Group-1 Race run over 7-furlongs, and has been won in recent years by future Classic Winners Frankel and New Approach.
Despite it taking place in England, Irish trained horses have won 8 of the last 10 renewals, with the unrepresented Jim Bolger winning 5, and Aidan O’Brien winning 3.
7 Runners are set to go to post for the 2016 Dewhurst Stakes.
Officially the highest-rated horse in the field, but had his reputation dented when defeated by The Last Lion over 6-furlongs here last time. May be suited by the extra furlong, but didn’t look to appreciate the famous Newmarket dip.
Aidan O’Brien has trained 2 of the last 3 winners, though this Galileo colt is more stoutly bred than either Air Force Blue or War Command. Finished 1½-lengths further in front of Mehmas in Ireland than Blue Point did last time, and it could be that Churchill is an apt name for a colt who so far has looked capable of creating history.
A winner in his own right, but has served as a pacemaker the last twice for Churchill. Looks sure to play the same role again.
Well-backed to win the Group-2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last time, but only finished a head in front of the re-opposing Thunder Snow. Could improve again, and this strong traveller may be suited by an even stronger pace to track.
1 of only 2 unbeaten colt in the line-up, but hard to know what to make of a maiden win and his win in a 2-runner Conditions Stakes. Nether John Gosden or Frankie Dettori have got their name on the trophy before.
The second unbeaten colt in the line-up, and this one was backed off the boards when hacking-up in a Windsor Maiden. Won the Group-3 Solario Stakes last time, but all his wins have come with some juice in the ground. Danger to all if he handles this faster ground, but that’s a doubt.
Maiden win didn’t work out very well, and beaten by Aidan O’Brien horses on his next two starts, be it his stable were out of form at the time. Seemed to improve when head second to Rivet in a Group-2, though only time will tell if that is a positive, or a negative for the chances of Rivet.
Dewhurst Stakes Tip
Churchill has looked seriously impressive so far and, with Irish-trained horses having such an impressive recent record in the race, he could simply be too good for these, with his important name perhaps a big hint to just how good Ballydoyle think he could be. With only 7 runner, it’s also hard to take an each-way stance on the race, but the unbeaten South Seas could be interesting if there’s money for him.