The Weatherbys Super Sprint takes place at Newbury on Saturday, with 25 runners going to post.
Established in 1991, the five-furlong dash is open to juveniles, with weight allocated depending on the sale price of the horse. Clive Cox took the main event a week ago with speedster Harry Angel, and he has the top weight for this valuable renewal, with Snazzy Jazzy. The son of Red Jazz looked decent when successful on debut at Goodwood, though the third placed finisher has failed to frank the form since. The stable is certainly flying at present, but with just one career outing Snazzy J is hard to assess.
Despite large fields of inexperienced juveniles, the race has favoured fancied runners in recent times. Only three of the last 10 winners went off at odds greater than 10/1. Saturday’s favourite looks sure to be Maggies Angel trained by Richard Fahey. With two victories in the last four years, the Malton handler has pitched five arrows at the valuable target. Maggie has a win and a pair of runners-up finishes from four starts, and was last seen running a cracker in listed company. With just 8-6 on her back, and fillies taking three of the last five renewals, she looks to have a decent chance.
Fahey also has Bengali Boys, a colt who is yet to be out the first two in his three career starts. He lost out to David O’Meara’s Chatburn last time, and the winner went on to run respectably behind Cardsharp. That form has a strong look to it, and this fella looks a live contender.
Corinthia Knight is another with several decent displays to his name. Trained in Lambourn by an in-form Archie Watson, the son of Society Rock ran respectably at Royal Ascot behind Sound Of Silence. He’d previously chased home Frozen Angel, and prior to that had landed a couple of races on the all-weather. He showed plenty of speed last time, and Newbury may prove more suitable than Ascot. I quite like the look of him and fancy he’ll go close.
Connery and Pursuing The Dream have splashes of form, and clashed at Bath earlier this month. The former came out best, though the latter appeared to struggle with the track. Pursuing The Dream was a dazzling sixth in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, and a repeat of that performance would undoubtedly see her go close.
Kevin Ryan has an interesting contender in Falabelle. She’s only raced the once, when nabbed late on at the stiff track of Carlisle. She’d been a little keen that day, and probably should have won. She should improve plenty for the experience, and if coping with the large field could run a huge race. A daughter of Choisir, she showed plenty of speed, and Newbury should suit. Ryan’s no mug with sprinters, and this filly could be useful.
Juvenile races are always tough to call. With little form in the book, and horses progressing both physically and mentally, this type of race is probably one to be left well alone. But where’s the fun in that?
Richard Fahey clearly targets this race with his youngsters, and he’s likely to go close again. But I’ll be having a small wager on the Archie Watson trained Corinthia Knight and Kevin Ryan’s Falabelle. The former looks to have strong claims on a solid Royal Ascot performance, whilst the latter showed plenty of potential on debut at Carlisle.
Best of luck to all those taking a punt on this one. You’ll certainly need it.