5.00 Warwick – SATURDAYNIGHTFEVER (nb)
The selection is a son of King’s Theatre who is the first foal of an unraced half sister to bumper (debut)/Grade 1-placed multiple 2m-2m 4f hurdle (including at Grade 2/3 level) winner Get Me Out Of Here and bumper (debut)/Grade 1-placed 2m 2f-2m 4f hurdle winner Rock On The Moor out of an unraced half sister to dual bumper (including on debut)/Grade 3-placed 2m 3f-2m 4f hurdle/very smart 2m 4f-2m 6f chase (including at Grade 1 level)/dual Cheltenham Gold Cup third Harbour Pilot, family of Eduard and Monty’s Pass. This gelding is trained by Fergal O’Brien and makes clear appeal on pedigree, his dam unraced but a half sister to a pair of debut scorers in this sphere, including the high-class hurdler Get Me Out Of Here, whilst further back in the family is the very smart chaser Harbour Pilot who was also victorious in bumpers. He comes from a stable that has enjoyed plenty of success in this sphere, boasting a 25 per cent strike-rate this term, while the booking of Paddy Brennan catches the eye having ridden all but one of the yard’s bumper winners in that period; no surprise to see this son of King’s Theatre off the mark at the first time of asking.
5.45 Windsor – PLY (nap)
The selection, trained by Roger Charlton, is a son of Dubawi who made his debut outing in a 1m maiden at Kempton 19 days ago (20/1 chance), slowly into stride and waited with in last place, still there but travelling better than most at the top of the straight, shaken up and making steady but sustained progress from the two furlong pole to take second close home behind odds-on favourite Bowerman (beaten 3¾ lengths). It was a likeable first effort from this colt, never at any stage a threat to the easy winner but promising much for the future with the manner in which he passed the rest of his rivals down the straight under mainly hands-and-heels riding. The additional two furlongs on offer this time is certain to bring about improvement, which was already virtually guaranteed coming from a stable that adopts a patient approach; with his yard in cracking form, it’d be no surprise to see this son of Dubawi confirm that debut promise and go one better here.