War Command set for battle

While the historic Cesarewitch will get everyone talking before this afternoon's racing gets under way, the card at Newmarket has much more than just one major contest to offer.

Channel 4 cameras cover four races from headquarters as well as four from York on a star-studded afternoon for the sport.

A slightly disappointing entry of just six runners line-up for the 3.10pm Dubai Dewhurst Stakes for two-year-olds over seven furlongs worth more than £228,000 to the winner.

Joseph O'Brien, pictured below, who earlier this week broke the record for the number of wins in an Irish flat season, takes the mount on War Command, trained by his father Aidan.

War Command won at The Curragh after earlier finishing third to Sudirman in the Phoenix Stakes at the same course.

Godolphin's Outstrip, trained by Charlie Appleby and the mount of Mickael Barzalona, is a top-class grey who won the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster while Anjaal, Paul Hanagan riding for Richard Hannon, is seeking a hat-trick after wins at Beverley and Newmarket.

At 2.35pm, 13 contest the Middle Park Stakes for two-year-olds over six furlongs, favourite for which could be Supplicant.

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The Richard Fahey trained and Ryan Moore ridden northern raider won two Ripon events before taking the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury.

That race has a real bearing on today's contest as also running are Shamshon and Hot Streak who finished fifth and third respectively behind Supplicant.

Richard Hughes rides Hannon's Shamshon while Jamie Spencer is on Kevin Ryan's Hot Streak, a winner of last Saturday Ascot's BMW Cornwallis Stakes.

Ryan also fields York's Gimcrack Stakes winner Astaire under Neil Callan while Phoenix Stakes winner Sudirman lines up for David Wachman.

Newmarket's cracking card starts at 2.05pm with 10 in the Dubai Challenge Stakes over seven furlongs.

Godolphin, in form at Newmarket recently, runs Lockwood, a four-year-old grey trained by Saeed bin Suroor under Silvestre de Sousa.

Lockwood was second at Doncaster after wins at Goodwood and Thirsk and is the likely favourite.

Centrepiece of the York televised races is the 19-runner Coral Sprint Trophy over six furlongs at 3.30pm. After winning the Great St Wilfred Handicap at Ripon and finishing fifth in a big field for the Ayr Gold Cup, Fahey's Baccarat has to be respected under Tony Hamilton.

An Saighdiur represents the Irish, the Tipperary winner under Declan McDonogh while the south's leading challenger looks to be James Fanshawe's Hallelujah under Freddie Tylicki. Hallelujah recently won the Gallowby Stakes at York.

First televised race of the day is at 1.50pm, 11 going in the mile handicap for three-year-olds.

Godolphin's Thouwra, a Great Yarmouth winner who followed up at Epsom, is likely favourite for Kieren Fallon and Saeed bin Suroor.

Key rivals are King of the Danes under Liam Jones for William Haggas, Gabrial's Kaka for Tom Eaves, Seek Again for Rob Havlin and Butterfly McQueen, an interesting ride for leading apprentice Thomas Brown, representing Balding's stable.

At 2.20pm the handicap over 10 furlongs gives Godolphin yet another chance with Fallon and bin Suroor having Out Of Bounds, a recent Doncaster winner after encouraging early season runs in Meydan.

Seussical for Luca Cumani, Benzanno for Balding, Hi There for Fahey and another Godolphin runner, Excellent Result, all have chances.

The Rockingham Stakes for two-year-olds over six furlongs at 2.55pm has attracted 10 juveniles with Rufford and Outer Space top of the market.

Fahey's Rufford was just behind stable-mate Supplicant in the Mill Reef while Hannon's Outer Space, under Jimmy Fortune, was second in the Cornwallis when out last Saturday.