1.50 York – HARD GRAFT (nap)
The selection, trained by David Brown, is a nicely-bred son of Lethal Force who made his debut outing in a 6f novice event at Haydock three weeks ago (33/1 chance), soon prominent and traveling with fluency, shaken up two furlongs out and holding every chance approaching the final furlong, his effort flattening out somewhat inside the final furlong but sticking to the task all the same to take fourth behind Finniston Farm (beaten 3¼ lengths). There was plenty of promise to be taken from that first effort, travelling comfortably close up to the two furlong marker and sticking to his task once his chance had gone inside the final furlong. He shaped that day as though a step back to five furlongs would be fine, bred to be quick as a half brother to Temple Stakes winner Priceless amongst others; from a stable whose youngsters invariably for their initial outing, it’d come as no surprise to see this colt very much involved at the business end of matters here.
2.35 Sandown – CONNECT
The selection is a son of Roderic O’Connor who is a full brother to Listed-placed 8-8.5f winner Atlantic Sun and a half brother to useful dual 6f 2yo winner Leontes, out of a fairly useful 7.5f-1m winning sister to Listed-placed triple 1m winner Granted (later dam of smart pair Rewarded and Perfect Star, herself the dam of the smart juvenile Kilmah) and a half sister to Grade 1-placed 7-7.5f 2yo winner (including at Listed level) Lucky Chappy and three other winners out of a 7f 2yo Group 3 winner. This colt is trained by Clive Cox and saw his sales price increase from 38,000gns as a foal to €67,000 as a yearling, two of his siblings reaching a useful level at two (both went close first time out) and his dam also scoring twice as a juvenile and boasting some useful relations. There are plenty in the family that have either won at the first time of asking or gone close to doing so, and his handler has saddled a handful of winning newcomers already this term; therefore, a bold first showing from this son of Roderic O’Connor would come as little surprise.
5.40 Fairyhouse – MY MYSTIQUE (nb)
The selection is a daughter of Rajj who is a full sister to useful 10f 3yo winner Insayshable and a half sister to Group 1-placed 5-7f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Ainippe, 11f winner Swindler, 12f 3yo winners Forged and Stealing Beauty and 7f 2yo winner Kalanetta, out of an unraced full sister to 1m Group 2 winner Darnay and a half sister to useful 7f-1m winners Matangi and Powder Paint. This filly is trained by Ger Lyons and makes plenty of appeal on pedigree, her year older brother a 10f maiden winner for connections who subsequently finished a good fourth in a Derby trial, while she is a half sister to six winners including the stable’s smart and speedy Ainippe (debut winner at two) and one or two other useful performers at longer distances. She comes from a stable that is more than capable of having its youngsters ready to strike at the first time of asking, with an entry in the Moyglare Stud Stakes saying plenty for the regard in which she is held; no surprise to see this daughter of Rajj make a winning start to her career here.