Newmarket Champions Festival Day 2 predictions: Course form could work for Call My Bluff
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Enda McElhinney
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There is another fine day of racing at Newmarket on Saturday
There is another fine day of racing at Newmarket on Saturday

It's another quality afternoon of racing action from Newmarket on Saturday as they stage day two of their Future Champions Festival. 

The leading two-year-old colts will tackle the Dewhurst Stakes at 3pm while the older brigade take centre stage soon after in the iconic Cesarewitch Handicap (3.40pm) - a race famed for spanning across two counties. 

Here's our preview of the Saturday afternoon card from Flat racing's Headquarters. 

1.50pm - Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes (Group 3, 1m2f)

Flying Honours let his supporters down in the Royal Lodge here a fortnight ago. 

That mile event turned into something of a dash for home and he might be better suited up in trip but this is not straightforward. 

Mark Johnston has saddled five winners of the Zetland Stakes and DEAR MY FRIEND - a winner at Carlisle and Beverley early in the season - ran well over 7f in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in July before another positive run when third in Listed company at Deauville in August. 

The form of that race has worked out very nicely and, up in trip, he could give his Middleham handler another win in this Group 3. 

Racing Post Selection: Dear My Friend @ 13/2 

2.25pm - Emirates Autumn Stakes (Group 3, 1m)

Just six runners but plenty of options in the Autumn Stakes. 

Epictetus won a July Course maiden here three months ago on debut and has had this race as a target since for John and Thady Gosden, while Charlie Appleby will be hoping soft ground was at least partially responsible for Silver Knott's Champagne Stakes disappointment at Doncaster last month. 

HOLLOWAY BOY defied the trends when winning the Chesham at Royal Ascot on debut for Karl Burke and a pair of Group 2 seconds since at Glorious Goodwood and here over 7f were hardly backwards steps. 

Only leading Dewhurst candidate Nostrum foiled him last time and this mile trip will surely suit him. 

Racing Post Selection: Holloway Boy @ 3/1 

3pm - Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1, 7f)

A strong renewal of the Dewhurst in which aforementioned dual course winner Nostrum joins Isaac Shelby and Naval Power in putting unbeaten records on the line. 

They've combined for eight wins and it might be that Charlie Appleby's Teofilo colt Naval Power does best here, having won well at Haydock last time despite a troubled passage. 

Champagne Stakes winner CHALDEAN will bid to give Frankie Dettori a third Dewhurst win in five years and provides Andrew Balding - whose father saddled the winner three times - with his first. 

The Juddmonte-owned son of Frankel poured it on from the front at Doncaster last time and won well, suggesting he'll excel upped in trip, and it could be that his straightforward nature reaps more dividends now. 

Selection: Chaldean 7/2 

3.40pm - Club Godolphin Cesarewitch Handicap (Heritage Handicap, 2m2f)

Call My Bluff has recent experience of Newmarket
Call My Bluff has recent experience of Newmarket

By Cesarewitch standards, a field of 23 is quite small for this marathon handicap that starts in Cambridgeshire and crosses into Suffolk. 

Jumps trainers have dominated recently - Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson being responsible for the last four winners. 

Ahorsewithnoname is a major player now for the latter, with Ryan Moore on board, seeking to make it five wins in six Flat starts, while the Irishman has a likely looking trio in Scaramanga, Gibraltar and Baby Zeus.

CALL MY BLUFF was third in a trial for this over C&D last month, stays the trip well and is 3lb well-in for trainer Dominic Ffrench-Davis and Arc-winning rider Luke Morris. The 5YO is one of the interesting outsiders. 

Selection: Call My Bluff @ 25/1 

4.15pm - Too Darn Hot Nursery (7f)

The maiden won by DESERT ORDER at York in August is traditionally a strong contest and there's no reason to doubt that status now, with the pair that chased home Charlie Appleby's Dubawi colt having since come out and won well themselves on next start. 

He can defy an opening mark of 92 on nursery bow. 

Selection: Desert Order @ SP 

4.50pm - Blue Point British EBF Boadicea Stakes (Fillies' And Mares' Listed, 6f)

Older hands like Gale Force Maya (second last year) and Chil Chil (drops in class) are solid contenders but the unexposed MANAAFITH is feared for Roger Varian and Jim Crowley. 

She has won 3-4 starts so far and defied a 307-day absence with a smooth Kempton success last month in a handicap. 

She stays further than this but has potential to excel in this grade back on grass. 

Selection: Manaafith @ SP 

5.20pm - Masar Darley Stakes (Group 3, 1m1f)

A sea of blue in the finale as Godolphin count four of the ten runners and Shadwell have Alflaila bidding to follow up her Group 3 Strensall Stakes win at York in August for trainer Owen Burrows. 

FINEST SOUND was second that afternoon and third in this race a year ago. Simon and Ed Crisford's charge has been to Canada and run a fine race in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile since and, armed with a 6lb turnaround, he could reverse the York form with Alflaila. 

Selection: Finest Sound @ SP


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