THE Craven meeting always gets the Flat gang licking their lips and it always throws up some stars.
Only last year, Masar and Roaring Lion both strutted their stuff in the Craven Stakes. Who could follow in their footsteps?
Kadar – Karl Burke (3.00 Tuesday)
While it would not be a surprise to see Karl Burke's colt taken out of this date at the last minute, this horse is one to keep on side this season.
Big things are expected of this Phoenix Thoroughbred-owned three-year-old. But the best of what we witness may come when there's a drop of rain around.
He was taken out of a good handful of engagements at the back-end of last season on the account of quick ground.
But he's older and stronger now and connections may be more open to chancing him.
If that's the case, I think he'll be very hard to beat in the Listed Feilden Stakes on Tuesday.
He's entered in all the big races over the next couple of months. From the Guineas, to the Dante to the Derby, you name it.
He showed a tidy turn of foot when winning on debut at Haydock and while he hasn't been since, he did that in fine fashion and the form of that is red-hot.
It could be a big season for Burke, and Kadar could be a central pillar in hunting those all important Group successes.
Royal Marine – Saeed bin Suroor (3.35 Wednesday)
All the chat has been about Zakouski in the lead up to the Craven and Guineas this spring.
A couple of mentions in stable tours and boom, you're 6-4 favourite for the Craven.
While I could be eating my words on Wednesday afternoon, I can't help but think Royal Marine has something special and could be a real player in the mile Classic.
He's already got a Group 1 to his name – winning the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere from Broome on Arc day. Again, very solid form.
He went to Dubai over the winter for a patch of sun on his back – as many of his Godolphin teammates do. And, also like Masar last year.
He clearly didn't handle the dirt, like Masar, and it's easy to see him bouncing back here.
Entries in the Dante and Irish Derby suggest they think he'll get further and a solid display at Newmarket on Wednesday will throw his hat into the ring for all sorts of big races.
Its a second win in the race for Saeed bin Suroor and a third for @godolphin as Royal Marine outbattles Broome in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
Yet another Group 1 for @oismurphy pic.twitter.com/YMn5D9yRss
Global Spectrum – Gay Kelleway (3.35 Wednesday)
Another in the Craven Stakes on Wednesday afternoon, Gay Kelleway's new stable star could throw the cat amongst the pigeons with a big run here.
Unbeaten in three starts – the latter of those a tidy payday in Doha – the team now have nothing to lose and deserve a shot at some big Group races back on home turf.
He's bred to get a bit further, but there's plenty of speed on the dam side and he heads into this completely unexposed.
The quickish surface will be no problem whatsoever and owner Johnny Hon looks to have a smart one on his hands after purchasing him for 130,00GNS from the breeze ups.
He'll need to step up on his Doha run, but after only three starts could have plenty more up his sleeve yet.
Newmarket is a unique test and if he passes this on Wednesday, they'll be no doubt Kelleway should enjoy a fruitful summer with him and could be perfect for a shot at the French Guineas.
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