1.25 Newmarket (July) – QAYES
The selection is a son of Exceed And Excel who is a half brother to high-class 6-7f 2yo winner (including at Group 1 level) Cursory Glance out of a 10.5f 3yo winner who was a full sister to high-class 9.5-12f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Time On and a half sister to French dual 7.5f winner Raafid out of a 10.5f 3yo Group 3 winner/French Oaks third who was a half sister to French Oaks runner-up Time Ahead. This colt is trained by John Gosden and fetched 400,000gns as a yearling, the distaff side of his pedigree geared towards middle distances but by a real speed influence, whilst half sister Cursory Glance made a winning debut at two at this distance prior to landing the Albany Stakes and Moyglare Stud Stakes. His top stable that can have its youngsters to ready to strike at the first time of asking, and it is perhaps notable he starts out in a race connections’ top-class juvenile Shalaa won (second time out) a couple of years ago; his handler has also had the likes of GM Hopkins and Richard Pankhurst represent him in this event in recent times, and no surprise to see this son of Exceed And Excel go close at the first time of asking.
1.55 Newmarket (July) – FARAASAH (nb)
The selection is a son of Arcano who is the first foal of an unraced close relation to useful UK/UAE triple 1m winner Maraheb and a half sister to smart triple 7f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Muthabara, Group 3/Listed-placed 7f 2yo winner Mustadeem (by Arcano) and useful 7f-1m winner Aqmaar out of a 1m 3yo winning half sister to smart 7-10.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Muqbil and Group 2-placed 6-7f 2yo winner Mostaqeleh out of a half sister to Bahri and Bahhare. This colt is trained by Brian Meehan and makes plenty of appeal on pedigree, his dam unraced but counting several winners amongst her siblings, including a pair of 2yo debut scorers (both 7f) and also connections’ smart performer Mustadeem. Whilst it is fair to say he comes from a stable that isn’t a regular source of first-time-out winners from this age group, it does get the occasional one strike on debut, and this colt certainly boasts the paper credentials to make an immediate impact; no surprise to see this son of Arcano put up a bold first showing.
4.40 Haydock – WARRIOR’S SPIRIT (nap)
The selection, trained by Richard Hannon, is a son of Requinto who confirmed the promise of his debut effort when landing a 7f maiden at Newbury last September from Crystal Ocean, and he shaped much better than the bare result on his return to action in a highly competitive handicap over the same course and distance in April, running on from an unpromising position to finish seventh behind Bacchus (beaten 4¼ lengths). His latest outing came in a 1m handicap at Newmarket three weeks ago, racing keenly close up and shaken up to challenge two furlongs out, unable to sustain his effort inside the final furlong as he came home in fourth behind Fire Brigade (beaten 8¾ lengths). It was simply case of this colt doing too much too soon over a new trip under testing conditions, travelling for a good portion of the contest as though ahead of his mark (actually races off 1lb lower now); returned to seven furlongs and with Ryan Moore taking over in the saddle, it’d be a little disappointing if this son Requinto couldn’t land this prize.