GLORIOUS is the only word that can be used to describe Frankie Dettori’s summer so far.
Anapurna’s win in the Investec Oaks kicked off an incredible run of seven Group One victories in less than six weeks, capped off by Too Darn Hot’s success in the Prix Jean Prat on Sunday.
The 48-year-old is enjoying the most purple of patches and more success awaits at Newmarket this afternoon in the Group One Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes (3.35pm).
Dettori renews his association with William Haggas’ BESHAAYIR, on who he won a Group Two over a mile at the Curragh back in May with an excellent front-running ride.
There is no one better than the Italian at adopting those tactics and I expect him to do the same here on a track where it often pays to be handy.
Beshaayir was a little disappointing during most of last season, but she rounded off her campaign with a Listed win on the Rowley Mile in September and then took her form to a new level at the Curragh last time.
The key to her is quick ground, which she looks like getting here, and with her jockey riding full of confidence, she looks the best bet in the race at 4/1 with Ladbrokes.
Undoubtedly the horse with the strongest form is her stablemate One Master, who was an excellent third in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot last month.
She travelled very powerfully that day, but may not have seen out the mile as strongly as the rest.
The daughter of Fastnet Rock also prefers softer ground, so with conditions likely to be quick, the balance is tipped in Beshaayir’s favour.
Qabala scoped badly after her abject performance in the Irish Guineas last time out, but prior to that her form was strong and three-year-olds have won the last three renewals.
Today’s action kicks off with the competitive 1m2f bet365 handicap (1.50pm), where the first port of call has to be Mark Johnston.
The Middleham-based handler has incredibly won five of the last six runnings of this race and he saddles three today, Dark Vision, Oasis Prince and The Trader.
The latter is the most interesting after finishing second at Epsom last time and previously running well behind Headman at Newbury.
He has been gelded since his last outing and looks to have solid claims, but I’m going to side with John Gosden’s ALMASHRIQ at 10/1 with Coral.
The War Front colt was successful on debut on the all-weather at Newcastle in December, a tactic his trainer is increasingly using with many of his good horses.
He hasn’t managed to get his head in front since then, but ran on well at the finish at Chelmsford last time and he comes here as the most unexposed horse in the field.
Chris Hayes is a positive jockey booking and I can see there being plenty of support for this promising young horse.
Some of those towards the top of the weights in the bet365 Trophy (3.00pm) will be hoping to win this and then go on to the £1 million Sky Bet Ebor next month.
The obvious one is Ben Vrackie for the all-conquering Gosden-Dettori team after his excellent run in the Duke Of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot.
However, he is pretty short for a horse that has only won one of his eight career starts and I’d rather take a couple at bigger prices.
CALIBURN won well at Pontefract on his second outing for Andrew Balding having finished fifth to First Eleven at York on his reappearance.
He has always looked like a horse who will relish this distance and the 8/1 available with Coral looks fair.
At a massive 20/1, I will also be backing EDDYSTONE ROCK for John Best who stayed on well to take fifth in the Old Newton Cup on Saturday.
The seven-year-old has been a model of consistency this season and will enjoy stepping up to 1m6f.
Almashriq e/w 1.50pm Newmarket
Caliburn e/w 3.00pm Newmarket
Eddystone Rock e/w 3.00pm Newmarket
Beshaayir 3.35pm Newmarket