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'Danehill Kodiac in the form of his life' Godolphin Flying Start Old Rowley Cup 3.45 Newmarket 1m4f C4/RUK Card page 61.

WITH PS140,000 in prize-money available, trainers seem to have decided the best approach to the Old Rowley Cup is to be double-handed.

Eve Johnson Houghton (Scarlet Dragon and Fleeting Visit), David Menuisier (Saunter and Kaatskill Nap), Richard Hannon (Danehill Kodiac and Steel Of Madrid), Mark Johnston (New Caledonia and Beaverbrook) and Alan King (Cosmeapolitan and Sir Valentine), account for ten of the 18 runners between them.

Firm factor Good to firm ground is unusual at this time of year with the two previous stagings run on ground described as good or softer. Half of the field have won on the going description, with Scarlet Dragon and Manjaam the only multiple good-to-firm winners.

Course form Just six of the field have run on the Rowley Mile previously, with Steel Of Madrid, Southdown Lad and Saunter the only previous track winners.

VVWHAT they say Richard Hannon, trainer of Steel Of Madrid and Danehill Kodiac For some reason Steel Of Madrid didn't seem to get home in Turkey, but if he's ridden to get the trip he should have no problem. He's been in good order and I've kept him ticking over since his trip abroad and I hope down in class he can be competitive having run solid races at Royal Ascot and Deauville. Danehill Kodiac is in the form of his life and has kept on improving on his last few starts. He ran very well at Ascot last time but I expect this track to really suit him. He shouldn't be far away.

David Menuisier, trainer of Saunter and Kaatskill Nap Both are in very good form and are similar horses. Jim Crowley won on Saunter at Goodwood and, while there are question marks with regard to the trip, the way he won last time at Newmarket you'd hope hHe's gone up 9lb for that bto have a crack as theprize-money. Kaatskill NaYarmouth and has also ghe'd handle it.

but you've got re's a lot of ap won well at gone up 9lb.

He's been training really well since, but I don't know how much he has left.

Charlie Johnston, assistant to Mark Johnston, trainer of New Caledonia and Beaverbrook New Caledonia ran a good race against his elders at Newbury and a mile and a half at Newmarket should be spot-on. He's been targeted at the race for a while and is the right type. Beaverbrook has been a bit in and out this season and you couldn't have too much faith in him. William Knight, trainer of Southdown Lad He's in great order and came out of Newbury very well. It's a big field but he went up only 4lb for his win and should have a very good chance. He's etty unexposed and s into it a fresh horse. n King, trainer of meapolitan and alentine are progressive ree-year-olds. Cosmeapolitan's a fair bit higher than his still pr come Alan Cosm Sir Va Both t h last winning mark but he won well at Newbury and I think he was just outstayed on soft ground over a mile and six at Haydock last time, so a mile and four should help him, as should the ground. Sir Valentine is a progressive young horse. He won his maiden nicely at Kempton and, while this is a big step up, I'm hoping he handles it.

Hugo Palmer, trainer of Banish He doesn't make things easy for himself but it's the first time he's been to a big, galloping track like Newmarket and he looks as though he'll stay. With Josephine Gordon's claim and his penalty he's officially 4lb ahead of his mark. We'll have to see if that counts for anything. Jeremy Noseda, trainer of Sixties Groove The quick ground should help and, while it's over further than he's used to, he ought to get the trip.

Ralph Beckett, trainer of Gold Faith He's in good form and the track suits him very well, as does the ground and a featherweight.

Stuart Riley
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
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Date:Oct 7, 2016
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