4.20 Huntingdon – ANEMOI (nap)
The selection is a son of Manduro who is a half brother to high-class 7f-1m 2yo winner (including at Group 1 level) Laurens and French 2m 2f hurdle winner Autignac, out of a French 12-14.5f 3yo winning half sister to high-class UK/Hong Kong 8-10f winner (including twice at Group 1 level) Helene Mascot (known previously as Salford Mill), Listed-placed 12-14f winner Ovambo, 6-7f 2yo winner Tahitian Storm and Irish triple 10f winner Soliza (later dam of good dual purpose performer Domination). This gelding is trained by Harry Whittington and fetched €24,000 at auction, making plenty of appeal on pedigree as a half brother to Fillies’ Mile heroine Laurens and the son of a dual winner in France who could count a couple of smart performers amongst her siblings. For all there are jumps winners in the family, this son of Manduro is essentially bred for the Flat, so this relative test of speed ought to suit him well; from a stable that enjoys a fair amount of success in this sphere, a winning start wouldn’t at all surprise.
8.15 Kempton – SOPRANOS ROCK (nb)
The selection is a son of Society Rock who is a half brother to triple 5f winner Broadhaven Honey out of a useful 5-7f winner (including on debut) who was a full sister to Listed-placed Irish dual 1m winner (including on debut) La Conquistadora (dam of 13f 3yo debut winner Lightning Bullet) and a half sister to useful triple 6f winner (including on debut) Zaraee, Irish 7.5f 2yo winner Ejteyaaz and French/US 8.5-10f winner Happyness out of a 7f 3yo winner. This colt is trained by Richard Hannon and cost 87,000gns as a yearling, catching the eye on pedigree as the second foal of a relation to a handful of winners, including a pair of debut scorers and one or two others that went close first time out. It is a little surprising he didn’t see action as a two-year-old, and he does start out in an above-average race (up against a 96-rated dual winner, a debut scorer for Godolphin and a €1.4m fellow newcomer); however, bred to be both sharp and useful, a bold first showing from this son of Society Rock would come as no surprise.