3.25 Newcastle – TO BE WILD (nap)
The selection, trained by Hugo Palmer, is a son of Big Bad Bob who showed plenty to work on when fifth in a 1m maiden at Newmarket on his sole outing at two back in the autumn of 2015, belatedly confirming that debut promise to comfortably land the odds in a 12f maiden at Ffos Las last July. He made it 2-2 for the season when landing a competitive 12f handicap at Doncaster three months later (6/1 chance), prominent and shaken up to challenge over two furlongs out, showing some signs of inexperience off the bridle but fairly forging clear inside the final furlong to record a 4-length margin of victory over Percy Street. It was a visually taking performance from this colt, still somewhat rough around the edges but readily overcoming both that and a mark of 93 to see off a decent bunch of handicappers; absolutely no surprise to see this son Big Bad Bob shrug aside an 11lb rise and make a winning return to action here en route to bigger and better things.
5.00 Bath – CHAGATAI (nb)
The selection is a son of Kodiac who is a half brother to dual 5f winner (including on debut at two) Moondyne Joe and 6f 2yo winner Arthur Martinleake, out of a 5f 2yo winning half sister to smart 5-6f winner (including twice at Listed level) Falcon Hill, Listed-placed 5f-1m 2yo winner (including on debut) Raine’s Cross and to the grandam of 5f Group 3 winner Dutch Masterpiece out of a Group 3-placed dual 5f 2yo winning half sister to high-class pair Branston Abby and Desert Deer. This colt is trained by Clive Cox and fetched €110,000 as a yearling, making clear appeal on paper as a half brother to a pair of two-year-old winners out of a 5f 2yo winning half sister to the smart, hardy juvenile sprinter Falcon Hill and course and distance 2yo debut scorer Raine’s Cross. His pedigree strongly suggests he’ll be capable of making an immediate impact, and he comes from a yard that has already saddled a winning newcomer from this age group in 2017 (6-18 with 2yos at this venue in recent seasons); no surprise to see this son of Kodiac off the mark at the first time of asking.