2.00 Newbury – QAARAAT
The selection is a son of Acclamation who is the first foal of a 7f Listed winning half sister to 7f 3yo winner Aristocratic and 1m 3yo winner Enobled out of a very smart 7f-1m winner (including twice at Group 1 level) who was a full sister to useful 6-7f winner Entitled and a half sister to Listed-placed 6f 2yo winner Nobly Born and 5f 2yo debut winner Carte Royale out of a useful dual 5f winner. This colt is trained by Ed Dunlop and fetched 200,000gns as a yearling, making plenty of appeal on pedigree as the first foal of a Listed winning daughter of Lockinge Stakes winner Peeress, whilst a bit further back in the family are some useful speedsters including 2yo debut scorers at the minimum distance. He has clearly inherited a fair bit of that speed/precocity himself, and it’s interesting he has been targeted at what is traditionally a strong maiden; his in-form stable made a bright start with its juveniles last term and sent out a winning newcomer at this venue in these silks in 2015, so no surprise to see a bold first showing from their representative here.
3.05 Newbury – ENABLE (nap)
The selection, trained by John Gosden, is a daughter of Nathaniel who made a winning start to her career in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Newcastle last November (7/2 chance), waited with in midfield and travelling strongly, making smooth progress over two furlongs out and shaken up to challenge approaching the final furlong, soon leading and staying on strongly to score by 3¾ lengths from Gallifrey. It was an impressive debut performance from this well-related filly, travelling powerfully throughout and forging clear inside the final furlong to readily dispatch a trio of next-time-out winners in a respectable time. This obviously represents a stiffer task, but her pedigree points to significant improvement over middle distances in her second season, whilst the style of her debut success promised much; for all she has been passed over by Frankie Dettori in favour of Shutter Speed, a winning return from this daughter of Nathaniel wouldn’t at all surprise.
5.40 Newbury – PRINCESS DE LUNE (nb)
The selection is a daughter of Shamardal who is a full sister to Group 1-placed French/Australian 7-13f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Puissance De Lune and Listed-placed UK/Australian 5.5-7f winner His Majesty and a half sister to dual 7f 3yo winner Invincible Fresh and 7f 2yo winner Serena’s Storm (later dam of Coronation Stakes winner Rizeena), out of a US 1m winning half sister to very smart US miler Doubles Partner. This filly is trained by Roger Charlton and makes obvious appeal on paper, being a full sister to the high-class Australian performer Puissance De Lune and a half sister to a handful of winners, including 7f 3yo debut scorer Invincible Fresh and the dam of the high-class Rizeena. She hails from a stable that has made a particularly bright start to the current campaign, saddling a winning newcomer from this age group and a couple of others to go close at the first time of asking; with her paper credentials as strong as any in the field, a winning start for this well-related daughter of Shamardal would come as little surprise.