6.15 Kempton – BUNIANN (nap)
The opening division of the two-year-old novice contest on the card has the potential to be an above-average event, with a previous winner and one with a handful of winless runs taking on some interesting sorts, including a once-raced colt likely capable of much better than he showed first time and a trio of interesting newcomers.
The selection is a son of Tamayuz who is a half brother to fairly useful Irish 5f 3yo winner Amthaal and 7f 3yo winner Fakhoor, out of a Group 3/Listed-placed 6f 2yo winner who was a half sister to Group 3-placed 6f-1m winner (including at Listed level) Shabiba (later dam of high-class sprinter Ertijaal and 2yo debut winners Odooj and Talaaqy) out of a smart 6-7f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) who was a half sister to useful 5-12f winner (including on debut at two) Mustajed and 6f 2yo debut winner Muqtarb. This colt is trained by Simon Crisford and makes significant appeal on paper, his half brother going close on debut over this course and distance twelve months ago whilst his Group-placed dam won her maiden over this course and distance, herself related to several that either made a winning start at two or went close to doing so (mainly over this distance). He represents a good stable that has its fair share of winning newcomers from this age group, and this looks a winnable enough race in which he starts out; absolutely no surprise to see this son of Tamayuz make a winning start to his career here.
The Denis Coakley-trained Sheila’s Showcase built on a promising debut third over 6f at Salisbury to share the spoils in a 7f novice event at Newbury in August, making all and responding well to build up a useful advantage entering the final furlong, joined on the line by Borehan. He shaped a little better than the end result under a penalty in a 7f novice race at Ascot last month, again trying to make all and travelling better than most two furlongs out, ridden and headed entering the final furlong, fading tamely to come home in eighth behind Turjomaan (beaten 4½ lengths). This step back to 6f looks the right move, travelling strongly to the furlong marker before being joined on the line at Newbury and then weakening quickly over a stiffer seven furlongs last time having travelled well; has to concede weight all round here but his strong travelling nature means he should be suited by this surface.
Brian Meehan’s Napanook is a son of Charm Spirit who found only subsequent Chesham Stakes winner Arthur Kitt too good on debut at Haydock (6f) back in May, but he hasn’t progressed as expected since then, turned over at short odds at Nottingham (5f) and Epsom (6f) the next twice. He has shown similar form on his latest two outings in a 6f maiden at Glorious Goodwood in August and a 6f novice contest at Catterick 18 days ago, produced to challenge approaching the final furlong and having every chance, finding Fognini half a length too good. He has run to a fairly useful level and ought to be on the premises once again, his experience sure to count for something against lesser-exposed rivals; however, he isn’t really progressing and will likely prove vulnerable to improvers
The Clive Cox-trained Private Rocket is a son of Dark Angel who made his debut outing in a 6f novice event at Windsor back in June (11/4 co-favourite), running green and losing his position before halfway, edging left towards the centre of the track coming into the straight and making little impression, finishing 10th of 16 behind Dunkerron (beaten 13 lengths). This colt was much too green to show to best advantage that day, his strength in the market beforehand noteworthy, especially considering the race has thrown up several useful winners. His price tag and pedigree also point to improvement forthcoming at some point and, for all this does look a useful race in which he makes his return, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this son of Dark Angel a lot more competitive this time.
There are a couple of interesting newcomers aside from the selection, the first of them being Saeed Bin Suroor’s City Of Love, a daughter of Exceed And Excel who is a half sister to Group 3-placed French/German 11-12f winner (including at Listed level) Heartily and Listed-placed French 6f 2yo debut winner Harcourt Street, out of a French 12f 3yo winner who was a half sister to Group 1-placed French 10-12f 3yo winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Desideratum, Group 2-placed French 10-12.5f 3yo winner (including at Listed level) Poet Laureate, Listed-placed 8.5-12f winner Status Symbol and Listed-placed French 10.5f 3yo debut winner Belonging. This filly makes obvious appeal on pedigree, her pedigree one of contrasts but a half sister to a 6f 2yo debut scorer in France and from a very successful family that includes Racing Post Trophy winner Medaaly. She is from a stable that is more than capable of having its youngsters ready to strike first time out and no surprise to see her very much involved.
The William Haggas-trained Jirnaas is a son of Showcasing who is the second foal of a 1m 3yo winner who was a half sister to 6-7f winner (including on debut at two) Mezmaar, triple 12f winner The Bells O Peover and 6f 2yo AW debut winner Tunes Of Glory out of a 7f 2yo Listed winning half sister to high-class 6-7f winner (including at Group 1 level) Tante Rose, Listed-placed 1m 3yo winner Melodramatic, very useful 7-8.5f winner Bold Lass, useful 6-6.5f winner Priceless Jewel and 5.5f 2yo debut winner Rosie’s Posy (later dam of French 2000 Guineas winner Make Believe). This colt sold for 85,000gns as a foal and makes obvious appeal on paper, his dam a half sister to a pair of 6f 2yo debut winners and hailing from an excellent family that includes Group 1 winners Make Believe and Tante Rose. He ought to prove capable of making an impact over this sort of distance at two and represents a stable going along nicely at present; has been passed over by Jim Crowley in favour of fellow newcomer Buniann, however.