6.20 Newmarket (July) – PERFECT THOUGHT (nb)
The selection is a daughter of Dawn Approach who is a half sister to useful 5-6f 2yo winner (including on debut) Shamsaya out of a Listed-placed 5-7f 2yo winner (including on debut) who was a half sister to 6f 3yo winners Macarella, Poole Belle and Reasons out of a French 7f 2yo Listed winning half sister to high-class French 8-10f winner (including at Group 1 level) Satwa Queen and French 10f 2yo Group 1 winner Spadoun. This filly is trained by William Haggas and fetched 70,000gns as a yearling, making plenty of appeal on pedigree as a half sister to a 5f 2yo debut winner and out of a 5f 2yo debut winning daughter of a 7f 2yo Listed scorer who was also successful over 5.5f on her first career outing. She is quite clearly bred to make an immediate impact in her first season, and, perhaps more importantly, several of her relations proved fully effective under rain-softened conditions; hailing from a stable that can have its youngsters ready to strike at the first time of asking, a winning start for this daughter of Dawn Approach would come as little surprise.
7.00 Newcastle – ORION’S BOW (nap)
The selection, trained by Tim Easterby, is a son of Pivotal who proved a transformed character for previous handler Dandy Nicholls last term, racking up a five-timer which began with victory in a 6f handicap here last May and ended from a two-stone higher mark at Hamilton a couple of months later. In between he landed this particular event by a length from Bowson Fred, and his winning spree came to an end with an excellent second place finish behind Dancing Star in the Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood, though he wasn’t quite in the same form in two subsequent outings. He has shaped a fair bit better than the bare evidence can communicate in three outings for his new yard in 2017, doing too much too soon in a 6f conditions event at Haydock prior to a luckless 11th-place finish in a valuable 5f handicap at Musselburgh 13 days ago, short of room from around halfway and his rider motionless inside the final furlong as he finished on the bridle. He is well worth another chance here, seemingly working his way towards a big performance prior to the Musselburgh debacle; 2-2 here and just 1lb higher than when runner-up in the Stewards’ Cup, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this gelding make it back-to-back victories in this event.
8.55 Curragh – RINGSIDE SUPPORT
The selection is a son of Teofilo who is a full brother to very smart 6-10.5f winner (including at Group 1 level) Parish Hall, Listed-placed 1m 1f 2yo winner Siamsaiocht and very useful 1m 2yo winner Hall Of Fame, out of a 10f 3yo winner who was a half sister to high-class 8-10f winner (including at Group 2/3 level)/Irish Derby third Light Heavy (by Teofilo). This colt is trained by Jim Bolger and makes obvious appeal on pedigree, a full brother to an above-average trio headed by Dewhurst Stakes winner Parish Hall, whilst his dam was a winner at this trip and a half sister to a high-class middle distance performer in Light Heavy (by the same sire as this colt). Given he is a late-May foal, it is perhaps not surprising that it has taken him this long to reach the track, and he appears to have been found a realistic enough opening here with a fair few fellow belated debutantes in opposition; absolutely no surprise to see this well-related son of Teofilo make a winning start to his career.