Dewhurst Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.00 at Newmarket, 13 October 2018
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.
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Dewhurst Stakes Betting Tips
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Dewhurst Stakes 2018 Tips and Betting Preview
The Dewhurst Stakes is perhaps the most prestigious of the many high class juvenile races that take place in the second half of the flat racing season. Some of the hottest two-year-old prospects in racing are making the trip to Newmarket on Saturday to compete in an excellent Dewhurst renewal even if Aidan O’Brien decided against entering the unbeaten Ten Sovereigns. Saturday’s highlight of the Future Champions Festival at Newmarket promises to be a thriller but who is going to come out on top?
Too Darn Hot to Live Up to the Billing
As a Group 1 that always attracts high calibre two-year-olds, the Dewhurst Stakes is a prize that every trainer wants to claim. It’s undeniable, however, that the Dewhurst is seen as a stepping stone to even greater success. That much is clear by the fact that Too Darn Hot, Sangarius, Advertise and Anthony Van Dyck – who are all competing at Newmarket on Saturday – feature towards the top of the betting for the 2000 Guineas.
Of those four, the 14/1 that Ladbrokes are quoting about Advertise’s Guineas chances offers most appeal but for the time being it’s the Dewhurst favourite, Too Darn Hot, who is the horse to beat at Newmarket.
The bookies are certainly worried about the prospect of a third winning favourite in four years as the best price you can get on Too Darn Hot is the evens that bet365 are quoting. At first glance that may look a tad short given the calibre of his opposition and that a win for the favourite would break a run of three consecutive wins for Aidan O’Brien trained horses but John Gosden’s unbeaten two-year-old really simply looks the best horse in this race on current form.
Too Darn Hot’s breeding suggests that he’ll have the stamina to challenge for the biggest middle distance races over the next couple of years. That stamina was on full show with his incredibly strong finish last time out in the Champagne Stakes but he’s also shown a highly impressive turn of pace. That pace means he can claw back an opponent’s lead while his stamina allows him to lead from the front. Whichever way the Dewhurst Stakes unfolds, Too Darn Hot has the tools to secure another big win.
Advertise Too Big to Ignore
Martyn Meade believes that he has a juvenile of the highest calibre on his hands in the form of Advertise. He’s secured three wins and a second place in his four appearances to date. The most recent of those wins came in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes.
Everything went to plan for him that day but he still picked up when Frankie Dettori asked for something extra in the closing stages suggesting that he’ll be able to get the job done when he inevitably comes under pressure in the closing stages of the Dewhurst. Will he have enough to all of his high quality opponents? Probably not. Can he beat one or two of them to claim a place? Most certainly, so back Advertise each way at 8/1 with Betfred.
- 2017 – US Navy Flag – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2016 – Churchill – 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.