3.45 Lingfield – LONG JOHN SILVER (nb)
The selection is a son of Rip Van Winkle who is a half brother to very useful 7f-1m winner Von Blucher and Irish 7f 3yo winner Tropical Mist, out of a high-class Irish 7-10f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) who was a half sister to Listed-placed Irish 8-12f winner Primohbhean and Listed-placed 1m 3yo winner Wilamina out of a useful 8-14f Flat/smart multiple 2m hurdle (including at Grade 2 level) winner. This colt is trained by Jamie Osborne and saw his sales price increase from 50,000gns as a foal to €160,000 as a yearling, making a fair amount of appeal of pedigree as a half brother to a pair of winners including course and distance maiden winner Von Blucher, whilst his high-class dam can count last season’s useful performer Wilamina among her siblings. He comes from a good stable that can have them ready to strike at the first time of asking now and again, and this appears to be a winnable enough contest; absolutely no surprise to see this son of Rip Van Winkle make a winning start to his career here.
4.45 Newbury – KAYF MARINER (nap)
The selection, trained by Alan King, is a nicely-bred son of Kayf Tara who made a winning start to his career in a six-runner bumper at Bangor two months ago (11/2 chance), waited with in touch and travelling powerfully, pulled out to challenge at the top of the straight and taking over inside the two furlong marker, soon in complete control and merely pushed out to record a 2-length margin of victory over Kildisart. For all the race itself lacked depth, he came clear with one that had shown significant promise in a point-to-point – indeed, this gelding was the only member of the field without any sort of prior experience – and the manner in which he both travelled and then sealed matters was that of an above-average sort. This will obviously demand a lot more of him, but it’s notable he is fast-tracked into this exalted company with the big bumper events on the horizon; no surprise whatsoever to see this son of Kayf Tara preserve his 100 per cent record and set himself up for a trip to Cheltenham or Aintree.