Dewhurst Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.00 at Newmarket, 14 October 2017
With the flat season beginning to draw to a close in October, those that aren’t getting their Cheltenham Festival bets prepped are probably turning their thoughts to the following season’s Classic contests. Few races are as useful for providing pointers to future success as Newmarket’s Dewhurst Stakes. Here we take a look at the best odds and offers surrounding this high class juvenile event and provide our betting tips for the race.
This 7f Group 1 event open to two year old colts and fillies was first run at Newmarket in 1875 and has grown to be one of the highest profile juvenile contests of the calendar year. Held on the Rowley mile course, the race now offers a whopping £500,000 in total prize money. Unsurprisingly, some truly top class horses will be going to post, as ever.
Be sure to check out our Cesarewitch betting tips too, another great race taking place this weekend.
Dewhurst Stakes Betting Tips
- Expert Eye to win at 4/6 with Ladbrokes
- Threeandfourpence each way at 33/1 with Coral
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Dewhurst Stakes Tips and Betting Preview
Emaraaty goes in the Hamdan Al Maktoum colours for John Gosden and certainly appeals on paper, being by Dubawi and out of the Prix de l’Opera winning mare Zee Zee Top. Having trotted up at Newbury last time out, he has been popular in the betting this week and it would seem unwise to underestimate his chances. This is not however a race in which John Gosden has historically fared all that well. The Newmarket handler has in fact never won this event, with Ravens Pass faring best of his six runners in the past decade when third in 2007.
One trainer who does have an outstanding record here is five time winner of the race Aidan O’Brien. In addition to his four wins in the past decade, O’Brien has also recorded four second placed, and two third placed finishers. Surprisingly O’Brien doesn’t having anything in single figure odds at this stage, but that needn’t necessarily be a cause for concern for those looking to support the Master of Ballydoyle. Beethoven scored for O’Brien here in 2009 at a massive 33/1, whilst three of his four runners up in the past ten years were priced at 66/1, 25/1 and 20/1.
Happily would be the best of the O’Brien entries but has an alternative engagement in the Fillies Mile, with a possible tilt at the Breeders Cup also seemingly in the offing. Seahenge meanwhile is the shortest in the market of the O’Brien septet, but it takes something of a leap of faith to think he can make up eight lengths with the favourite here from their clash in the Vintage Stakes. U S Navy Flag would look interesting if stepped up in trip, but the most intriguing runner looks to be the twice raced, Threeandfourpence. Overcoming all sorts of trouble to get on top in his maiden last time, he looked to have plenty of improvement in him that day and may not be out of place in this line-up.
Finally we come to the runner who has generated much the most hype in the juvenile division this term, and seems likely to start a short priced favourite, Sir Michael Stoute’s Expert Eye. Extremely impressive on the eye when bolting up in the Vintage Stakes last time, and with those finishing in behind since rattling up a succession of wins at Listed and Group level, he looks fully deserving of his place atop the betting lists. That Goodwood contest was “only” a Group 2 affair though, and on paper at least, he is taking a step up in class here.
Overall we can’t see past the favourite here. Going in the famous Khaled Abdullah silks, there was certainly a dose of the Frankels in the manner in which Expert Eye simply pulverised them in the final furlong at Goodwood. It must be doubtful that he will be anything like as good as the greatest of them all in the long run, but he does look more than good enough to win this. Threeandfourpence is taking a huge step up in class but has shown plenty of promise and looks worth a small each way punt.
- 2016 – Chruchill – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2015 – Air Force Blue – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2014 – Belardo – jockey Andrea Atzeni, trainer Roger Varian
- 2013 – War Command – jockey Joseph O’Brien, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2012 – Dawn Approach – jockey Kevin Manning, trainer Jim Bolger
- 2011 – Parish Hall – jockey Kevin Manning, trainer Jim Bolger
- 2010 – Frankel – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Sir Henry Cecil
- 2009 – Beethoven – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2008 – Intense Focus – jockey Kevin Manning, trainer Jim Bolger
- 2007 – New Approach – jockey Kevin Manning, trainer Jim Bolger
- 2006 – Teofilo – jockey Kevin Manning, trainer Jim Bolger
Dewhurst Stakes History Including Top Jockeys and Trainers
Successful breeder Thomas Gee was the man behind this prestigious event, with the Dewhurst of the title referring to his Stud operation in East Sussex. Designed to attract the highest calibre juveniles in training, the contest certainly got off to a flyer with each of the first four winners going on to land a Classic in their three year old campaigns.
This pattern of success has been almost unrelenting over the years as the race has continued to provide us with an early glimpse of greatness. Triple Crown winner, Ormonde (1885), the brilliant Nijinsky (1969) and Mill Reef (1970), record breaking Rock Of Gibraltar (2001) and the greatest racehorse of all time, Frankel (2010) are just a few of the names to be produced by this races conveyor belt of excellence.
Irish trainer Jim Bolger achieved a remarkable run of success in this race in the early 2000s, winning the contest five times between the years of 2006 and 2012. That still wasn’t enough to get him to the top of the trainer’s leader board though. John Porter in the late 19th Century, and Frank Butters in the first half of the 20th, each recorded an impressive eight successes in the contest.
It’s hard to keep track of the number of races in which Lester Piggott heads the all-time list and we have another example here. Probably the greatest flat jockey of all time, Lester came home in front here 10 times between the years of 1956 and 1982.