Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes
Group 1, Newmarket 15:00
£275,000 guaranteed,
2yo only,
6f, Class 1  
Saturday 24th September 2022


1 Blackbeard 10/3
2 The Antarctic 16/1
3 Persian Force 6/1
8 ran Distances: 2l, 1¼l, ¾l
Time: 1m 12.02s (slow by 1.52s

Aidan O'Brien's Blackbeard, a son of No Nay Never, was settled off the pace as favourite Marshman compromised his chance by pulling his way to the front and over-racing.

Ryan Moore asked the winner to go on two furlongs out and he soon mastered old rival Persian Force.

The race was over from there as he went on to score by two lengths from the running-on The Antartic.

"He's very fast, a very quick horse, he always was," the winning trainer told ITV Racing. "He's a very professional and precocious two-year-old and I'm delighted to have him. He's very consistent and Ryan gave him a lovely ride.

"The team do a great job at home. He started off very early and has held his form very strongly - and this looks to have been his strongest run yet.

"He's a character, there's no badness in him whatsoever but he doesn't have a lot of patience, he likes to get on with stuff and is very genuine. He likes to get on with it. Speed is his thing really. He was always very quick and today he got to the front and wasn't killing himself afterwards."

Sky Bet cut Blackbeard to 8s from 14s Commonwealth Cup with Betfair and Paddy Power 5/1 for the same race.

"Both the winner of the Cheveley Park and Middle Park look to be sprinters and at this stage are the obvious ones for the Commonwealth Cup next season," admitted Sky Bet Head Of Sports PR Michael Shinners.


Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1)
£275,000 guaranteed, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good

1 (2)     Blackbeard 2 9-2 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 10/3
2 (5)
2 The Antarctic 2 9-2 A P O'Brien Tom Marquand 16/1
3 (7)
Persian Force 2 9-2 Richard Hannon Rossa Ryan 6/1
4 (8)
¾ Mischief Magic 2 9-2 Charlie Appleby William Buick 100/30
5 (6)
1 Marshman 2 9-2 K R Burke Clifford Lee 15/8F
65 (4)
Once More For Luck 2 9-2 Ismail Mohammed Benoit De La Sayette 250/1
7 (1)
Zoology 2 9-2 James Ferguson Cieren Fallon 11/1
8 (3)
5 Never Just A Dream 2 9-2 Ismail Mohammed Cameron Noble 80/1