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Ross Millar's Juvenile Watch: Trail can lead to more riches

By Ross Millar@rosscojmill
Wed 13 Oct 2021

Our juvenile expert, Ross Millar, likes the look of an 8-1 chance at Chelmsford on Thursday, plus suggests a couple of winners in waiting and reflects on all the excellent action at Newmarket over the weekend.

 Inspiral was impressive in the Fillies' Mile (Pic:Focusonracing)
Inspiral was impressive in the Fillies' Mile (Pic:Focusonracing)

One For The Week

5.30 Chelmsford: Single Minded at a general 8-1

Single Minded was mentioned, as one of the very first prospective Winners In Waiting, where I suggested moving up in trip would suit her.

It’s fair to say she’s not delivered so far, with her one-standout piece of form coming over an extended 9f on the all-weather at Wolverhampton on her penultimate start.

Her latest run back over a mile on the turf was dismal but the upside is she has been dropped a couple of pounds by the handicapper.

She now returns to an all-weather surface and is up in trip to 1m2f with Oisin Murphy on board for the first time. I think this could see her finally shed her maiden tag.

Winners In Waiting

Makinmedoit (Harry Eustace)

This stoutly bred daughter of Golden Horn was very slowly away on her debut at Kempton and took fairly vigorous riding to latch on to the back of the field. Once she picked up the bridle she travelled well and her stamina kicked in for the last two furlongs of the mile trip. She finished in good style under a sympathetic ride.

Her poor start meant she had far too much to do on this occasion but if this experience allows her to break more smartly she’s well up to winning a race of similar type.

Shigar (William Haggas)

Was well found in the market for his debut at Yarmouth when sent off joint-favourite, but the money stayed in the bookmakers’ satchels.

He took an age to get into top gear but finished well and showed nice battling qualities. I’m sure this experience will see him improve next time and I’d expect his trainer to find him a winnable race.

Inspiral shines in Fillies’ Mile

Watch what John Gosden had to say about Inspiral after her Fillies' Mile success

Inspiral certainly proved herself the leading two-year old filly of the season with an effortless victory in the Fillies’ Mile last Friday. She has a beautifully relaxed attitude to racing and used this to great effect.

She raced wide of the field in the early stages before tracking over to join the main pack two out - then asserted her authority and won without being fully extended.

She’s been expertly placed by the Gosden yard and is the rightful favourite for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.

The eye-catcher was Mise En Scene, who was without her regular partner Oisin Murphy. Under Cieren Fallon, she struggled to hold her position and got shuffled back further than ideal. She stayed on nicely and looks to be a nice middle-distance prospect for next year.

Godolphin squad taking shape

Coroebus or Native Trail? Charlie Appleby did not sit in the fence

Godolphin have quite an army of two-year old colts this season and they bagged all three Group races for the juvenile colts at Newmarket.

The Dubawi pair, Goldspur and Hafit, were separated by little in the Zetland Stakes. Both showed good attitudes and will be even better over further. Hafit took fully three furlongs to settle, so it would be no surprise if ultimately he were to be the better performer.

Coroebus was caught late on in the Group Two Royal Lodge but was ridden with more patience to land the Group Three Autumn Stakes. He possess an exceptionally high cruising speed and is crucially able to quicken off it.

He won with plenty in hand and looks an ideal sort for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, where his raw pace will ensure he can travel comfortably into the race.

That said this was a weak-looking contest for a race of its status. He will need to improve further to be considered a real contender

Just 35 minutes later, we were treated to an equally smart performance from another Godolphin colt, as Native Trail maintained his unbeaten record when easing to victory in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes.

William Buick briefly had to get serious with him two furlongs out, as the tempo of the race quickened, but once he got to the front he was able to just push him out, while all the time going further clear.

He looks to have star quality with a step up in trip likely to bring even more improvement. He is certainly the right favourite for the 2000 Guineas.

Dubawi Legend was given a superbly well judged, front running ride from James Doyle and had no excuses.

Back in fourth was Berkshire Shadow, who returned to something like his best after a lacklustre run last time. Connections are adamant he’ll make up into a better three-year old so I haven’t ripped up the ante-post Guineas ticket just yet!

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