Talking Horses: La Barrosa looks best bet for Craven Stakes at Newmarket

By: Greg Wood Thursday 15 April 2021

Charlie Appleby’s two runners lead the betting but La Barrosa may be better value than favourite Master Of The Seas

It is 17 years since Haafhd became the most recent horse to win both the Group Three Craven Stakes over the 2,000 Guineas course-and-distance. and then follow up in the Classic itself. Only three years ago the Newmarket race highlighted the talent of Masar, less than two months before his win for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin in the Derby at Epsom.

Appleby has two runners in today’s renewal and William Buick, his principal jockey, is aboard Master Of The Seas, one of only two runners in the race who has had an outing this year. His form behind Naval Crown at Meydan in February was partially franked when the winner was a close second in Wednesday’s Free Handicap, but this could have been a close call for the jockey and La Barrosa (3.35), Appleby’s other runner, may be overpriced as a result.

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Newmarket 1.15 Puy Mary 1.50 Creative Force 2.25 Kingsofthemidlands 3.00 Oxted 3.35 La Barrosa (nb) 4.10 Scope 4.45 Balearic

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