4.15 Newbury – DUBAI THUNDER (nb)
The selection is a son of Dubawi who is a half brother to top-class 7-10f winner (including the Lockinge/Champion Stakes) Farhh, Group 1-placed 8-10.5f winner (including at Group 3 level) Racing History, Listed-placed multiple 1m winner Basem and 1m 1f 2yo winner Welcome Gift, out of a German dual 12f Group 1 winning sister to German 1m Listed winner Gorlor and a half sister to several winners, notably smart duo Gonfilia and Gonlargo. This colt is trained by Saeed Bin Suroor and makes obvious appeal on pedigree, being a half brother to Champion Stakes winner Farhh and high-class pair Basem and Racing History, whilst his dam was a very smart middle distance performer in Germany and from a hugely successful family. Plenty in the family have shown a penchant for easy ground, and it also boasts a solid first-time-out record (half brothers Basem and Farhh alone won on debut); his stable is more than capable of having its newcomers fit and ready to strike at the first time of asking and for all this is a maiden with plenty of depth, his paper credentials stand out a mile and a winning debut wouldn’t at all surprise.
5.40 York – BRIMHAM ROCKS (nap)
The selection, trained by Ralph Beckett, is a nicely-bred son of Fastnet Rock who was merely gaining experience in a trio of outings at two, making late progress into midfield on debut in a 7f maiden at Chepstow last September but beating just rival home in a similar event at Salisbury a couple of weeks later and signing off with an eighth place finish behind Tartini in a 1m maiden at Nottingham. He duly improved expected when making a winning seasonal/handicap debut in a 12f contest at Wolverhampton 17 days ago (5/4 market leader), waited with in midfield and showing signs of inexperience throughout, off the bridle with a good half mile left to run but beginning to hit full stride on the approach to the straight, taking over entering the final furlong and forging clear to score by 3 lengths from Shadow Warrior. This gelding looked to relish the step up in trip last time, hitting the line hard having taken a while to find top stride, clearing away inside the final furlong; an 8lb higher mark ought not to halt his progress and the soft ground won’t inconvenience, so no surprise to see this son of Fastnet Rock follow up here.
8.30 Newcastle – THORNTON
The selection, trained by Michael Dods, is a son of Mayson whose sole outing to date came almost exactly a year ago in a 6f maiden at York’s Dante meeting (13/2 chance), soon close up and travelling powerfully in behind the pacesetters, shaken up approaching the two furlong marker and running green, fading inside the final furlong to come home in fifth behind Admiralty Arch (beaten 8 lengths). This colt shaped okay to a point on that occasion, his inexperience off the bridle proving his downfall, soon left behind by some useful types and not given an overly hard time once his chance had gone. He hasn’t been seen again since, switching from the Richard Fahey stable not long after his debut but clearly having an issue or two in the interim as well; however, he is sizeable looking sort who ought to have the scope for improvement at three, and no surprise to see him go close on his belated return.