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Magisterium kicks off the weekend at Newmarket

WEEKEND PREVIEW

A relatively busy weekend with one runner down at Newmarket on Saturday and five in action closer to home at Thirsk on Sunday.

The Saturday runner down at headquarters is MAGISTERIUM in the Betway Nursery Handicap over seven furlongs. She's done us proud so far, showing a great attitude to win her last two races at Redcar and Newcastle after being second on her debut at Doncaster.
The quick ground might be a slight concern - the all-weather at Newcastle wasn't a problem and Redcar was just nice ground. This is more competitive, and there might be something in the race that's well handicapped, but she's done nothing wrong and, hopefully, she'll run a good race.
Paul Mulrennan has ridden her on all three of her runs and he's back in the saddle again.

Our Sunday runners at Thirsk start with BOBBY'S ROSE in the Follow @willhillracing On Twitter Novice Stakes (Div I). She runs in the colours of the Denton Hall Racing syndicate and there are still shares available. She was green on her debut when fourth of six at Ripon. Callum Rodriguez rode her then and we've kept the partnership intact.
She probably wants a step up to six furlongs but this race was there for her. It's only her second run but she seems well.

MECCA'S HOT STEPS goes next in the William Hill Play Responsibly Novice Stakes. She's been consistent, finishing in the frame on her last three runs and only just failed to get up last time out at Ayr. She keeps running her race but finds one too good. She seems well and just needs a bit of luck.
Connor Beasley rides.

Next we have ARCAVALLO in the William Hill LengthenĀ #youroddsĀ Handicap. He's dropped down the handicap a long way but it's his first run after a lengthy break. He looks well and, hopefully, he'll run well and come on for the race. He was doing his best work at the finish on the all-weather at Newcastle over five furlongs last time, and he's got the extra furlong this time. Tom Eaves retains the ride.

DIAMOND HAZE has his third outing in the William Hill Vegas Nursery Handicap. He was keeping on when sixth of 14 at Thirsk over six furlongs last time and now tackles the extra furlong, with Connor Beasley riding. We always felt six furlongs was on the short side. He's a nice horse and we're sure he'll have a future.

Finally, we have DUSK ART making his debut in the colours of the late Geoff Turnbull in the Follow @willhillracing On Twitter Novice Stakes (Div II). He's a home-bred by Twilight Son, a good sprinter, trained by Henry Candy, out of a Dutch Art mare. He's only small but he's a sweet little horse who tries hard. Andrew Mullen's on board.