2.05 Newmarket (July) – GLANCE (nap)
The opening two-year-old fillies’ novice race on the card often produces a smart performer – previous winners including Karasta, Thakafaat, Playful Act, Short Skirt, Golden Stream, Havant, Lyric Of Light and Promising Run – and this year’s renewal sees a mixture of well-bred newcomers and promising once-raced types do battle.
The selection is a daughter of Dansili who is closely related to Group 3-placed 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) Regardez (by Champs Elysees) and 10-10.5f 3yo winner Sightline (by Rock Of Gibraltar) and a half sister to Listed-placed 6-7f winner Compton, out of a 7f-1m winning half sister to Oaks winner Look Here, useful 10f 3yo winner Look Again, prolific 7-12f winner Daniel Thomas (by Dansili) and 8-10f winners Looker and Ultimata out of an unraced half sister to 1m 2yo winner Kristina (dam of Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Kayah), family of Pursuit Of Love. This filly is trained by Ralph Beckett and makes plenty of appeal on pedigree, hailing from a family that has served these connections well over the years, the dam producing a pair of two-year-old winners including a debut scorer and herself related to several winners including 2008 Oaks heroine Look Here (debut winner at two). Her pedigree suggests she will prove capable of making an immediate impact at two over this sort of distance, and she comes from a stable that has its share of winning newcomers (saddled Antonia De Vega to make a winning start over course and distance last month); no surprise to see their representative here go well on debut at likely decent odds.
The Andrew Balding-trained Hello Bangkok is a nicely-bred daughter of Tamayuz who debuted over this course and distance in a fillies’ event confined to newcomers 13 days ago (4/1 chance), dropped out in last and racing keenly off a steady pace, shaken up when the tempo lifted two furlongs out and making good progress inside the final furlong, getting on terms with eventual winner Shambolic but unable get past and going down by a neck. It was a meritorious effort in defeat by this filly, poorly placed in relation to the winner, making her challenge just as things hotted up and essentially paying for that late in the day. She boasts a good pedigree and has since been given pattern class entries, while her stable’s youngsters tend to improve a fair bit for their first run; obvious claims here.
The William Haggas-trained Ice Gala is a nicely-bred daughter of Invincible Spirit who made her debut outing in a 6f fillies’ novice event here a fortnight ago (6/1 chance), tracking the leaders and shaken up over two furlongs out, switched right and somewhat outpaced approaching the final furlong, staying on strongly inside the final furlong to take third behind Firelight (beaten half a length). This filly shaped as though find the six-furlong distance that day a bare minimum, tapped-for-toe approaching the furlong marker but strong once meeting the rising ground, bred to want this seventh furlong (half sister to connections’ 7f 2yo/dual 12f 3yo Listed winner Queen Of Ice). The winner went on to run well at Group 2 level next time out, but the runner-up and fourth have since been turned over in lesser races, mixed form signals perhaps to be expected given it was a bunched finish; however, this daughter of Invincible Spirit shaped well and is open to significant improvement now stepping up another furlong in distance.
David Elsworth’s Dandhu is a daughter of Dandy Man who debuted in the same contest here as Ice Gala a fortnight ago (16/1 chance), very slowly into stride and showing nothing but greenness early on, detached until making ground at halfway but soon ridden and going nowhere, finally getting the idea inside the final furlong and finishing with a flourish to come home in sixth behind Firelight (beaten 2¼ lengths). It was a eyecatching effort from this filly, utterly clueless throughout the first half of the race but the late work she put in (admittedly for a fair amount of pressure) signalling she’ll likely be capable of a lot better at some point. For all she has a couple of lengths to find with the re-opposing third, it’s fair to say that filly was a lot more clued up on the day; handed Group entries since and stepping up another furlong now, marked improvement from this daughter of Dandy Man can be expected.
There are several other interesting newcomers in the field, starting with Simon Crisford’s Imperial Charm, a daughter of Dubawi who is a half sister to high-class 10-12f winner (including at Group 1 level) Ajman Princess, Group 3-placed dual 1m 3yo winner Ostilio, very useful UK/UAE 7-12f winner Naqshabban and useful 7f-1m winner Cape Byron, out of a Listed-placed 8.5-10.5f 3yo winner who was a half sister to Group 1-placed 8-10f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Afsare (by Dubawi) out of an 8-10f winning half sister to the dam of 10.5f Group 3 winner Danadana (by Dubawi). This filly can hardly fail to take the eye on pedigree, all of her siblings either successful or finishing second on debut, whilst the dam was related to a few at least useful performers including Afsare. Her handler does have first time out winners, though a good number of them tend to be breezers, with this filly a homebred likely to excel with time and distance; that said, entries in the Fillies’ Mile and Rockfel Stakes indicate she has shown plenty on the practice grounds, and it will be interesting to see how she goes in the market.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Layaleena is a daughter of Sea The Stars who is the first foal of a once-raced maiden full sister to French 1m 3yo Listed winner Blossomtime and a half sister to useful 8-10f winner Danceteria out of a smart French 7.5-10f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) who was a half sister to French 2000 Guineas/French Derby winner Lope De Vega, Group 1-placed French dual 1m 3yo winner (including at Group 3 level) Lady Frankel and Group 3-placed 6.5f-1m winner (including at Listed level) Lord Of The Land. This filly fetched 130,000gns as a yearling at auction and makes clear appeal on pedigree, the dam a maiden but herself related to a couple of good sorts and hailing from a very successful family that contains several first-time-out winners. The fact she holds both an entry in the Fillies’ Mile and debuts in this race is noteworthy, her handler winning this event on several occasions in the 2000s as well as the 2015 and 2016 renewals; however, he’s 0-19 with his juveniles so far this year.
The Richard Hannon-trained Canton Queen is a daughter of Shamardal who is the first foal of a maiden half sister to Group 1-placed 5-6f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Lady Of The Desert (later dam of high-class speedster Queen Kindly), 6f-1m winner Go On Be A Tiger, 10-10.5f 3yo winner Prince Of Stars and five other winners out of a Queen Mary/Cheveley Park Stakes winner who was a half sister to Arc winner Dylan Thomas, 1000 Guineas winner Homecoming Queen and Oaks runner-up Remember When. This filly cost 110,000gns as a yearling and makes obvious appeal on pedigree, the dam just a modest maiden but herself a half sister and daughter of very smart two-year-old performers. An entry in the Rockfel Stakes next month bodes well, hailing from a stable with plenty of juvenile talent to test this filly against; no surprise to see her prove capable of making an instant impact here.
The Roger Varian-trained Mot Juste is a daughter of Distorted Humor who is a half sister to 1m 2yo debut winner Moontime and dual 12f 3yo Flat/2m 1f hurdle winner Balancing Time, out of a smart 9.5-12f 3yo winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) who was a half sister to a three winners including the dam of Irish 7f 2yo Group 1 winner Cursory Glance (by Distorted Humor) out of a 10.5f 3yo Group 3 winner/French Oaks third who was a half sister to 10f 3yo winner/French Oaks runner-up Time Ahead. This filly makes some appeal on pedigree, a half sister to a two-year-old debut winner (albeit at 1m) and from the fine ‘Time’ family that goes right back to the top-class middle distance racemare Time Charter. She is bred on the same cross as the yard’s Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Cursory Glance, to whom she is also related, that filly able to make a winning start at two; this filly holds no major entries, however, and her stable has never enjoyed much success with its two-year-olds at this particular venue (1-42).
The Ralph Beckett-trained Chartered is a daughter of Frankel who is a three-parts sister to Group 2-placed 7-10f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Lay Time (by Galileo) and a half sister to smart 7-12f winner (including at Group 2 level) Plea Bargain, smart dual 6f 2yo winner (including at Listed level) Jira, useful UK/UAE 6f-1m winner Emirates Sports, Group 3-placed 7f 2yo winner Dubai Time and two other winners, out of a 10f 3yo winning daughter of Time Charter. This filly is another to make plenty of appeal on pedigree, hailing from the same ‘Time’ family as the aforementioned Mot Juste, who is also owned/bred by Robert Barnett; ought to prove capable of making an impact at some stage in her first season, but no surprise to see her improve for this initial outing.