2.00 Carlisle – ARCAVALLO
The selection, trained by Michael Dods, is a son of Arcano who debuted in a 6f auction novice event at Redcar four weeks ago (12/1 chance), slowly away but recovering to race in midfield, shaken up two furlongs out and showing signs of inexperience, edging both ways and fading inside the final furlong to come home ninth of 14 behind Luis Fernandez (beaten 7 lengths). He no more than hinted at ability amidst greenness that day, but he hails from an in-form stable whose youngsters have generally been improving in one big hit from their debut outing, a couple of recent examples being John Kirkup and Jackontherocks, both of whom won having finished 7th and 8th in the same race on debut, whilst Camacho Chief boasted a similar profile and lost out only narrowly. The form of that debut run has also been working out well, the runner-up, fourth, fifth and sixth all winners next time out and the 12th placed horse finishing third when next seen; no surprise to see this colt make a similar jump forward second time out and prove a lot more competitive.
2.45 Wetherby – PLAGE DEPAMPELONNE (nb)
The selection, trained by James Bethell, is a daughter of Redoute’s Choice who offered little in maidens at Newcastle (7f) and Doncaster (1m) at two, soon off the bridle and finishing well held both times. She duly offered a lot more on her return to action in a 12f maiden at Wolverhampton last month, tracking the leader and pushed along over three furlongs out, taking a while to find top stride but keeping on inside the final furlong to take second behind Pleasant Surprise. She again performed with credit in defeat when upped to 14f for her handicap debut at Nottingham three weeks ago, in rear until making good progress from over three furlongs out, keeping on dourly inside the final two furlongs to take second close home behind clear-cut winner Dominating. This filly has very much shaped like an out-and-out stayer thus far, closest at the finish on both outings this term, bumping into a couple of useful sorts including next-time-out winner Dominating; open to further progress at this 14f distance, she is taken to make it fifth time lucky here.
8.45 Windsor – PROSECUTION (nap)
The selection, trained by Hughie Morrison, is a nicely-bred son of Lawman who shaped better than the end result in 7f/1m maidens at Kempton last term, travelling strongly for a long way on the third and qualifying of those runs before fading out of contention. He made his belated return to action in a competitive 10f handicap at Leicester a couple of weeks ago, dropped in from his wide draw and racing keenly under restraint, shaken up over two furlongs out and still green off the bridle but finishing off to good effect throughout the final furlong to take fourth behind Meteor Light (beaten 2¾ lengths). It was a meritorious effort all things considered, keen in rear, exhibiting signs of inexperience off the bridle initially and coming from further back than ideal, doing well to finish as close as he did taking all the above into account. He rates the type to improve his current mark of 64 by some way this term if progressing as expected, his pedigree alone a recommendation of better to come; moving back in grade and racing from the same mark, it’d be somewhat disappointing if this son of Lawman couldn’t make the breakthrough here.