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Horse Racing: Friday 28th April – Aidenldrebin Selections


1.50 Sandown – ATTY PERSSE (nap)

The selection, trained by Roger Charlton, is a son of Frankel who made a winning start to his career in a course and distance maiden last September (10/11 favourite), tracking the leading pair and pulled out to challenge over two furlongs out, showing signs of inexperience initially but knuckling down well once asked for his effort and readily gaining the upper hand inside the final 150 yards to see off Hamada by 1¾ lengths. It was an ultimately impressive performance from this well-related individual, taking a little while to find top stride but fairly charging up the hill to account for a next-time-out winner with the pair nicely clear of the remainder (fourth and eighth also winners since). He has been privately purchased by Godolphin in the interim and makes his handicap bow from an initial mark of 87, which ought to prove well within his capabilities given his black-type aspirations; returning with his stable in cracking form, it’d be a little disappointing if this son of Frankel couldn’t maintain his 100 per cent record here en route to bigger and better things.

4.35 SandownNESHMEYA (nb)

The selection, trained by Charlie Hills, is a well-bred daughter of Lawman who debuted in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket last September (7/4 favourite), close up and ridden to lead briefly inside the final furlong, soon headed by eventual winner Talaayeb and going down by 2½ lengths. She failed to improve as expected when 15/8 market leader for a 1m fillies’ maiden at Yarmouth a month later, prominent on the far side until brought across to join the stands’ side group over two furlongs out, her effort flattening out inside the final furlong as she came home in fourth behind Shutter Speed (beaten 3½ lengths). Out of a high-class middle distance performer for this stable and having plenty about her physically, it would be rather surprising if there wasn’t a lot more to come from this daughter of Lawman in her second season; entered in the Oaks, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see her put herself in line for a crack at a trial for that race with victory here.

About Author

Have been interested in horse racing since 2000, particularly the breeding side of things. Naturally, I enjoy picking apart maiden races given my love of pedigrees, but I am also at home with handicaps and Group races. Spotting potential early is very rewarding, as is picking up on a handicap project from an early stage, with my most satisfying success stories in recent years being Pere Blanc, More Of That, Turtle Watch and Arab Dawn.

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