The October meeting at Newmarket plays hosts to one of the best 2 year old races of the season, The Dewhurst Stakes. The Group 1 contest run over 7 furlongs on the Rowley Mile has attracted a top class field and is very likely to produce the market leader for next seasons 2000 Guineas. On paper, it looks a match between A P O’Brien’s Air Force Blue and Charlie Appleby’s Emotionless. The former has opened up the betting favourite, which is surprising given the scintillating performance that Emotionless put in last time out, and it is the Appleby horse we think provides the value.
The dogs were barking for Emotionless, a strapping son of Shamardal, on debut at Newmarket. Sent off the market leader, he duly bolted up and unsurprisingly went off a strong market leader for second start in a Group 2 contest at Doncaster. There were some proven animals in the line-up at the Yorkshire venue, and the way Emotionless sauntered up on the bridle 1 furlong from home marks him down as potentially the most exciting 2 year old since the mighty Frankel. Still looked a touch green when asked to go about his business, but eventually strode out victorious by a margin just shy of 4 lengths. With 7 lengths back to the third, there is no doubting the strength of the form. The uphill finish at Newmarket is likely to play into Emotionless’ hands and he really does look a top prospect.
Air Force Blue comes into the race with Group 1 winning form and has progressed with each start. After finishing second in The Coventry Stakes at Ascot, the son of War Front dotted up in two subsequent races at the Curragh, over both 6 and 7 furlongs. With an official rating of 122, he ranks as one of the top 2 year olds of recent times and undoubtedly will be a tough nut to crack with the best jockey in the world, Ryan Moore, on his back.
Despite Air Force Blue’s superior form on paper, it is the manner with which Emotionless has disposed his rivals that really marks him down as a potential superstar. It will be interesting to see what happens should a real war of attrition develop up the hill, but at odds against, the Godolphin runner just has to be backed.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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