4.10 Pontefract – SUPER D J (nb)
The selection, trained by Kevin Ryan, is a son of Footstepsinthesand who debuted in a 7f novice event at Kempton a little over three weeks ago (16/1 chance), restrained from the stalls and racing at the rear of the field, keen but travelling better than most approaching the two furlong marker, shaken up and staying on nicely under considerate handling throughout the final furlong to come home in sixth behind Qaysar (beaten 9 lengths). He had a hopeless task from his position that day, taken back from the stalls to sit in last for two-thirds of the way, coming under nothing more than a hand ride as he closed up late on. His enthusiasm on debut coupled with his pedigree (dam related to smart sprinting duo Sand Vixen and So Will I) point to this gelding being fine over this 6f trip, with the experience gained first time out likely to see him a lot more competitive now. For all the 89-rated Three Saints Bay sets a decent standard, it’s neither an insurmountable one nor a deep race in general (newcomer Shatharaat boasts a good pedigree but is in at the sales in a couple of weeks/drawn widest of all), and it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this son of Footstepsinthesand improve sufficiently from that debut run to have a serious say in matters here.
5.20 Windsor – NINA PETROVNA (nap)
The selection is a daughter of Havana Gold who is a half sister to useful 6-7f winner Mujassam, UK/Hong Kong 6f-1m winner Smart Salute and 6f 2yo winner Pop Culture, out of a maiden half sister to very useful UK/Swedish 6f-1m winner (including at Listed level) Warming Trends, useful 9.5-10f winner Dance In The Sun and four other winners out of a 7f 2yo winner. This filly is trained by Archie Watson and fetched £32,000 as a yearling at auction, making a reasonable amount of appeal on pedigree as a half sister to a trio of winners, all of whom were able to win at two (none on debut but one went very close) and out of a mare related to juvenile scorers. Her excellent young handler has already shown he can get his youngsters ready to strike at the first time of asking, including one here last term (2-4 overall with two-year-olds at this venue). Bred on the same cross as the high-class Headway, this daughter of Havana Gold also holds an entry in the Super Sprint, suggesting she shows plenty of speed on the practice grounds; found a good opening here, she can make a winning start under the guidance of Oisin Murphy.