Newmarket Future Champions Festival: The Early Favorites for the Fillies’ Mile
By Space Coast Daily // September 16, 2021
The flat season may be drawing to its conclusion, but not before the illustrious Newmarket Gold Season. Spanning over four consecutive weekends throughout September and October, the Gold Season offers racegoers the chance to see some of the best horses in the world in action, and the Future Champions Festival is one weekend in particular that gains a lot of interest, as those keenly following the sport get a taste for some of the best up-and-coming horses.
The Fillies’ Mile is the feature race on day one, Future Champions Festival Friday (8 October), and with the event taking place on the historic Rowley Mile at Newmarket, bettors from all over the country will be licking their lips with anticipation as the best two-year-old fillies aim to make a name for themselves.
So, as the countdown to the festival continues, we have scoured through the horse racing betting on Smarkets to bring you the favourites for the opening day’s showpiece race. Read on to find out more!
Raced just three times thus far as a two-year-old, there are already no question marks surrounding Inspiral’s ability. She won on her debut in a Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket, beating Ardbraccan by a length and a half, before winning the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown in July, where Frankie Dettori guided the John & Thady Gosden-trained horse to a three and a half length victory.
Dettori was in the saddle again as she won the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster earlier this monthm and Inspiral could have another crack at Newmarket in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes before the Fillies’ Mile, and that could set her in good stead for her first Group 1 next month.
Whilst Inspiral has gotten off to a winning start, it took Majestic Glory a couple of races to really make a breakthrough. The Andrew Balding-trained horse finished a disappointing sixth of eight in her debut at Windsor, before being beaten a neck by Her Majesty the Queen’s Intelligentsia in her second outing at Newbury.
Majestic Glory’s first victory came in a Novice Stakes at Newmarket in July, and she won again on her return to the course, this time at group level in the Group 3 Solera Stakes. Two horses with knowledge of winning at this course should make for a cracking race!
Much heavier raced than the favourites, Oscula could benefit from her experience when the field enter the stalls for the Fillies’ Mile. The two-year-old won a Maiden Stakes at Brighton back in May and an EBF Stakes at Epsom in June, before finishing third in her first group race, the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The George Boughey-trained horse then won the Group 3 Prix Six Perfections at Deauville in France, beating the odds-on favourite Zellie by a length and a half. Three wins from six attempts isn’t a bad return, and Oscula could prove to be a good outside bet for the Fillies’ Mile.
Yet to venture outside of the isle of Ireland, Agartha was also a bit of a slow burner for trainer Joseph O’Brien, finishing third in her first two races at the Curragh and Navan, before successive second-placed finishes at Naas and Leopardstown.
Finally, on her fifth outing, the two-year-old landed her maiden victory, beating Juncture to win the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown from a hefty 16/1, and Agartha backed that win up with a Group 2 triumph at the Curragh, winning the Alpha Centauri Debutante Stakes. She could feature a couple more times before the Fillies’ Mile, with a few potential entries lined up, and another victory or two could see the O’Brien-trained horse’s odds slashed.