5.50 Windsor – BUZZ (nap)
The selection, trained by Hughie Morrison, is a son of Motivator who debuted in a 1m maiden at Nottingham last November (50/1 chance), racing with zest in midfield and pushed along over three furlongs out, coming under nothing more than a hand ride as he kept on throughout the final two furlongs to finish fifth behind Big Challenge (beaten 4½ lengths). He built on that initial promise to land a 1m median auction maiden at Kempton the following month (3/1 market leader), settled in behind the leaders and travelling nicely, ridden two furlongs out and staying on well to lead inside the final 100 yards and run out a 2¼-length winner over Dubaitwentytwenty. It probably wasn’t much of a race (runner-up did at least go one better next time), but this colt confirmed the good impression he’d created first time out, again strong at the finish and shaping like that will relish middle distances. The additional two furlongs on offer here will clearly suit well, and an opening mark of 78 could prove a lenient one in time; his stable has enjoyed plenty of success in three-year-old handicaps already this term and no surprise to see their representative here add to that tally.
8.20 Windsor – ASTUTE BOY (nb)
The selection, trained by Ed Vaughan, is a nicely-bred son of Arcano who debuted in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last October (33/1 chance), slowly away and waited with in rear, pushed along over two furlongs out and running green/not handling the Dip when looking to make progress, eventually coming home in sixth behind Giovanni Battista. His next two outings came at Chelmsford, waited with and staying on well inside the final furlong to take sixth in a 1m auction maiden prior to being wholly unsuited by the step back to 7f in a similar event a couple of weeks later, slowly into stride and in rear, racing wide and never able to get competitive under fairly sympathetic handling as he came home in eighth behind Royal Opera House. His pedigree alone points at better to come, (half brother nine winners, including very useful pair Persian Majesty and Spa’s Dancer), and he shaped on all three outings at two as though there would be more to come at some stage, with an opening mark of 67 allowing him to start out in handicaps at a realistic level; gelded since last seen and now upped in trip, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see everything click for this son of Arcano.