Horse Racing - Racing Diary: Classic clues at Newmarket on Good Friday

Newmarket’s first meeting of the Flat season got underway on Wednesday and the horse on everyone’s lips after racing was True Story for the Godolphin team.

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A winner of a strong maiden last season, the Manduro colt went off second favourite for the Listed Fielden Stakes as the money came for Irish raider Obliterator.

But that one was, to borrow his name, absolutely obliterated as True Story went further and further clear in the closing stages to record a seven-length win over the jolly.

Obliterate was in turn six lengths clear of the rest and it was little surprise to see bookmakers take evasive action, cutting True Story into as short as 10/1 (from 33/1) for the Epsom Derby in June.

Also impressive was Richard Fahey’s Sandiva, who took the Nell Gywn Stakes under Frankie Dettori in fine fashion, giving herself a shot at the 1000 Guineas back at the course early next month.

Today Toormore displayed his credentials for the 2000 Guineas in the Craven Stakes for the Richard Hannon team.

Last season’s champion juvenile won fairly comfortable by two lengths over 16/1 shot The Grey Gatsby, but bookies had mixed opinions afterwards and he was left at 7/1 by many, third favourite behind runaway Greenham winner Kingman.

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It’s a first for British racing as both Musselburgh and Lingfield Park host racing on Good Friday.

All the focus will be on the sand at Lingfield as the inaugural All-Weather Championships Final takes place.

With £1million of prize money up for grabs on the seven-race card, it is little wonder there are strong line-ups.

The feature race is saved to last with the Coral Classic over 10 furlongs and it features a fascinating rematch between Robin Hoods Bay, who won the Coral Winter Derby over course and distance last month, and Grandeur, who was the hot favourite for that contest but could only finish eighth.

However, the latter, trained by Jeremy Noseda, had the widest draw then and could never strike a blow. Popping out of stall two on Good Friday, Ryan Moore’s mount can be expected to do much better, having fully 8lb in hand on official ratings.

Other names attracted by the £124,500 first prize include Dick Doughtywylie, who must be respected for his in-form handler John Gosden, and Rebellious Guest.

That one has multiple wins at the Surrey track on his CV and this race could set up for one ridden patiently.

Bill Esdaile is Racing Editor of City AM . He can be found tweeting at www.twitter.com/BillEsdaile.  

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