Caspar Netscher, currently a top priced 50/1 shot in the horse racing betting for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, has been confirmed an intended runner in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury over seven furlongs in April having come through his latest gallop with flying colours, writes Elliot Slater.
Trained at Newmarket by Alan McCabe, the Dutch Art colt really put the yard on the map last term with a series of terrific efforts, and all concerned with the three-year-old and several horse racing betting tips believe he has trained on well and are excited about his prospects for the first colts’ classic of the 2012 Flat season on turf.
McCabe is gradually building up his stable star to reappear in the Newbury contest, a race regarded as a key trial for the 2000 Guineas and which was won last season by none other than the mighty Frankel. While no-one has expectations that Caspar Netscher will achieve the heady heights enjoyed by the Sir Henry Cecil-trained superstar, they are growing increasingly confident that the horse who showed tremendous pace as a juvenile to win over six furlongs in both the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York and then the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury, will reveal himself to have the required stamina to see out a strongly run mile at championship level.
Being out of a Singspiel mare there is every reason to suspect that Caspar Netscher will stay, and he was certainly finishing better than anything when an unlucky-in-running fifth behind Crusade in the Group 1 Emaar Middle Park Stakes on the Rowley Mile course in October, where he was stopped in his run at a vital stage of the contest and in the end was only beaten just over a length in a blanket finish. He went on to finish a creditable eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf when almost certainly over the top for the season on what was his tenth outing of the campaign.