Saturday 28th September – Newmarket – 3:00 – 6f (Row) Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) (Colts) (Class 1) (2yo)
The Middle Park Stakes was established in 1866 by William Blenkiron who was a very influential Yorkshire-born racehorse breeder in the 19th Century. The race, which was originally open to both sexes, is now open to two year old colts only. The race has been won by some very influential horses over the years including Bahram in 1934, Sun Chariot in 1941 and more recently Royal Applause in 1995.
The betting is not a great help in finding the winner of the Juddmonte Park with horses winning at 25/1 (twice), 22/1, 10/1 and 8/1 (twice) in the last 12 years.
However, horses who won on their last start require careful attention, as 10 of the last 12 winners achieved the feat and 11 of the last 12 winners had also run within 49 days of the race.
Six of the last 12 winners had run at Newmarket previously and all 12 had previously run over the race distance of 6 furlongs. Ten of the last 12 winners had run at least three times prior to the race and 11 winners had also won at least twice earlier in the season.
Previous Group winning form is important with 10 of the last 12 winners winning at least once in a Group 1 to 3 race. An Official Rating of 105 or higher has been required to win the race in six of the last 12 renewals.
Siskin who has won all four of his starts to date has already won at Group 1 level when winning the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on his previous start. The form of his win at the Curragh is very strong and there is more to come from the two year old colt.
His trainer Ger Lyons said after his Curragh win: “My confidence was shot all week with the rain, purely because we knew he was better on a faster gallop. His forte is that burst of speed that he still showed there. I think he’s a very smart horse. What a horse to have – he’s so push button. I was worrying all week listening to every drop of rain falling, but the horse just got on with it and did his job.”
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