Fillies’ Mile Tips and Preview, Newmarket, 13 October 2017

Bet365 Fillies’ Mile Tips, Odds and Betting Offers, 3.35 at Newmarket, 13th October 2017

The spotlight falls on the fillies on the opening day of the Future Champions meeting in this Group 1 contest over a mile. Given the race’s conditions and location, it is no surprise this is considered the key juvenile trial for the following season’s 1000 Guineas. The past two winners here have gone on to finish first and second in the big one, and this year’s line-up looks to possess a handful of contenders with the potential to follow suit.

Fillies’ Mile Tips

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Needing just one more win to equal the record total of six wins recorded by the late, great Sir Michael Stoute, Aidan O’Brien is the obvious first port of call when seeking the victor here. The trouble for us right now is that the Irishman has five entries at the time of writing, with a strong case to be made for at least three of them.

It is September who heads the betting, despite being beaten by fellow O’Brien entries Happily and Magical in her two most recent starts. Her prominent position reflects the fact that she does look to be the one to have been targeted at this race, with the soft ground on her two most recent starts looking to be a viable excuse. Prior to that this daughter of Deep Impact comfortably accounted for the talented Masar and Nyaleti in the Chesham Stakes, leaving the strong impression that the step up to a mile on good ground would suit her well.

Godolphin send out the once raced Magic Lily in pursuit of a prize they last landed with Certify in 2012. She may have raced just the once, but with that outing resulting in an eight length demolition job over this course and distance, and being by Derby winner New Approach and out of an Oaks winning mare in Dancing Rain, she looks well worth a crack at this.

Of the others the Karl Burke duo of Laurens and Ellthea arrive on the back of solid wins last time out and can be expected to go well. Of more interest though is the Freddy Head trained Efaadah. This one was set way too much to do when second to Soustraction last time out, but still had subsequent Prix Marcel Boussac winner Wild Illusion in behind. That looks solid form in relation to this and we expect to see her go well if making the trip over.

Betting Predictions

An enthralling renewal, and a race which will likely prove informative when considering next season’s 1000 Guineas. Of the O’Brien runners, September looks the most likely to take her chance, and the fact that she has been targeted at this suggests she is still towards the top of the pecking order at Ballydoyle. If so, she will be mightily tough to beat. Magic Lily rates a big danger given her impeccable breeding and powerful connections, but the biggest threat may well come from the French runner Efaadah, who’s turn of foot makes her a danger to all.

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