Racing: Saturday preview

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Groovejet can take full advantage of a handy pull in the weights to give Peter Chapple-Hyam a first success in the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket.

The three-year-old comes into the race in excellent form following a five-length second in the Group Two Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster, after which her official mark was boosted to 101.

However, due to the entry system, Groovejet will be lining up off a perch of 96 which gives her 5lb start on some of her main rivals and makes her a leading player.

Her Doncaster effort marked the culmination of a series of fine performances, including a place in Listed company and a fair fifth behind Missunited in a Group Three event at Glorious Goodwood.

She kept on resolutely when stepping up to just short of a mile and seven furlongs on Town Moor and while there is a bit of a question mark over her stamina for this two-and-a-quarter-mile test judged on pedigree, she was certainly not stopping at the finish.

With the very capable Franny Norton in the plate, she has plenty in her favour and can make hay from near the foot of the weights.

Future Empire can strike in the Betfred Goals Galore Autumn Stakes.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained colt was only narrowly denied in the Solario Stakes by the much more experienced Aktabantay, going down by a short head right on the line.

A son of New Approach, he claimed a maiden on the July Course earlier in the season and with that race producing five subsequent winners, the form appears suitably strong.

Future Empire confirmed that view at Sandown against a rival who has run well since at Longchamp and is a good yardstick to the better juveniles.

* Selections -

CHEPSTOW: 2.35 Golden Doyen, 3.05 Flying Bandit, 3.40 Sea Current, 4.20 Dawalan, 4.50 Get It On, 5.30 Benbens, 6.00 Detroit Blues.

FAIRYHOUSE: 2.15 Killiney Court, 2.50 Redrobin, 3.25 Chute Hall, 4.00 Mallards In Flight, 4.30 The Two Jays, 5.00 Park Ranger, 5.35 Snow Falcon.

HEXHAM: 2.10 Cobajayisland, 2.45 Jennys Melody, 3.20 Clondaw Knight, 3.55 Bourne, 4.35 Turtle Cask, 5.10 Sendiym, 5.45 Divine Port.

MUSSELBURGH: 1.55 Toot Your Flute, 2.30 Al Muheer, 3.00 Canny Kool, 3.35 El Bravo, 4.15 Viva Verglas, 4.50 Chesil Beach, 5.25 Eva Clare.

NEWMARKET: 2.05 Future Empire, 2.40 Blue Waltz, 3.10 Epsom Hill, 3.50 GROOVEJET (NAP), 4.25 Bella Nouf, 5.05 War Alert, 5.40 Shama.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.50 Random, 6.20 Star Pursuits, 6.50 Viva Madiba, 7.20 Magical Effect, 7.50 Lola Montez, 8.20 Jaganory, 8.50 Bailiwick, 9.20 Evacusafe Lady.

YORK: 1.50 Lacan, 2.20 Balty Boys, 2.55 Charming Thought, 3.30 Supplicant, 4.10 Akeed Champion, 4.45 Dr Irv, 5.20 Open Eagle.

DOUBLE: Groovejet and Supplicant.

* Newmarket and York cards in Friday’s Star.