Super Sprint preview: Ventura Rebel a strong fancy in Newbury feature

Published on: July 19, 2019
Author: David Metcalf
2019 Super Sprint preview from Newbury includes Ventura Rebel

Trainer Richard Fahey has a fine record in the Super Sprint and Ventura Rebel looks a worthy 6/4 market leader with Paddy Power to further enhance in with victory in the valuable 5f juvenile sales contest at Newbury on Saturday (15:40).

The Yorkshire handler has won three of the last six runnings courtesy of Peniaphobia (2013), Lathom (2015) and Bengali Boys (2017).

In Ventura Rebel, he has a highly progressive sort who has won two of his three starts and now drops markedly in grade following a fine effort in defeat last time out.

After running on strongly to score by three-quarters of a length on debut at Thirsk, the son Pastoral Pursuits followed-up in a conditions contest when lowering the colours of US trainer Wes Ward’s highly-touted filly Lady Pauline on Royal Ascot Trials Day.

Ventura Rebel showed plenty of pace to chase the leaders, before staying on in terrific style inside the final furlong to win going away by a length.

That taking success earned the colt a crack at the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at the prestigious five-day meeting and he ran an absolute stormer to finish a neck second of 14 to A’ali.

Ventura Rebel raced at the rear in the early stages, before making good headway a furlong from home to be gaining all the way to the line.

The front two pulled nicely clear of the third home and the form sets a clear standard in this lower grade affair.

It has earned Ventura Rebel an official rating of 107, the highest in the line-up and 15lb clear of second best in Mighty Spirit.

That makes Ventura Renel the one to beat in the Super Sprint as he looks potentially head and shoulders above his 24 rivals.

Mighty Spirit an each-way player

Given that Ventura Rebel is short in the betting for such a big field contest, there are plenty of potential each-way punting angles.

Among them is the aforementioned Mighty Spirit, who is also trained by Fahey, and has shown enough in four runs to suggest she can make her presence felt.

After finishing runner-up in his first two starts, this John Dance owned daughter of Acclamation ran a blinder when sixth of 25 to Raffle Prize in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Mighty Spirit led the far side group and stuck to the task well to be beaten 3 1/2 lengths, but had no chance with the first three home who were all drawn high.

It was a fine effort in the circumstances, and the winner has since come out and followed-up in the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.

Liberty Beach, who came fourth, has also gone on to bolt up by 3 1/4 lengths in a Listed contest at Sandown, so that gives the form a rock solid look.

Although turned over at odds-on when runner-up last time out in a nine-runner novice stakes at Thirsk, Mighty Spirit shaped as if needing a strong gallop to be seen to best effect.

She is sure to get that in this, and on her Royal Ascot run has claims of hitting the frame at least. So, at 17/2 with Bethard, Mighty Spirit appeals as a bit of each-way value.

Never In Paris has Super Sprint potential

The Ontoawinner syndicate launch a three-pronged attack on the race and, judged on her impressive debut success, Never In Paris looks the clear pick of the trio.

That came in a five-runner contest at Nottingham earlier in the month where the Karl Burke daughter of No Nay Never beat the odds-on jolly Exclusively by 2 3/4 lengths.

Never In Paris raced closed up in the rear in the early stages and then ran green when pushed along and asked to make a move two from home.

But, when the penny finally dropped, she picked up in taking fashion inside the last to stretch clear and win going away by 2 1/4 lengths.

Never In Paris clocked a good time in the process and the runner-up had previously been far from disgraced when 17th of 25 in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

It was a performance which suggested Never In Paris was an above average type and she looks sure to come on a bundle for the experience.

Burke, who has been among the winners of late, also does well with his youngsters and has made no secret that she is held in high regard.

This does represent a step up in class, but Never In Paris looks sure to make a bold bid to follow-up in the hands of Ben Curtis and looks a solid each-way betting proposition at 9/1 with Ladbrokes.

Odyssey Girl capable of outrunning odds

Off those at bigger odds, the Richard Spencer trained Odyssey Girl looks a lively outsider at 28/1 with Betway, who are paying four places.

This daughter of Gutafari was seemingly unfancied when sent off 14/1 on debut in a 13-runner novice auction stakes contest over 6f at this venue, but got the job done in fine style.

After being held-up in touch, Odyssey Girl was switched left to see daylight and made good progress from the two marker to take up the running approaching the final furlong.

She then stayed on strongly under a hands and heels ride to readily beat Fromnowon by half-a-length.

Although what Odyssey Girl beat is questionable, it was a taking display visually and one which suggested there was better to come.

The fact that she has winning form at the venue is a plus and, given the way in which she travelled into the race that day, the drop back down to 5f should not be a problem.

Odyssey Girl thus features as another possible each-way punt and completes this Super Sprint preview from Newbury.