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Horse Racing: Saturday 18th February – Aidenldrebin Selections


1.10 LingfieldFIRST MOON (nb)

The selection is a daughter of Oasis Dream who is the second foal of a Listed-placed 7f 2yo debut winner who was a half sister to Listed-placed 1m 3yo winner The Nile, 1m 2yo winner Sampi and 7f 2yo debut winner Hunting Tartan (by Oasis Dream) out of a French dual 1m 3yo winning daughter of a half sister to Grade 1-placed UK/US 7-10f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Eltish and 10f 3yo Listed winner Light Step, family of Skimming and Wince. This filly is trained by Hugo Palmer and makes any amount of appeal on pedigree, the second foal of Listed-placed 7f 2yo debut winning half sister to a trio of winners including a fellow debut scorer that shared the same sire as this filly. It is a family that contains several other first-time-out winners, and she hails from a good stable that is adept at readying its newcomers to strike; for all this daughter of Oasis Dream concedes experience all round, she is clearly bred to make an instant impact and a prominent debut showing wouldn’t at all surprise.


The selection is a son of Exceed And Excel who is a full brother to high-class 5-6f 2yo winner (including twice at Group 2 level) Best Terms and fairly useful 5-6f AW winner Miracle Garden and a half brother to Group 3-placed Italian 10-11f winner Sunsemperchi, out an unraced half sister to smart 9-11f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level)/German Derby third Anton Chekhov, smart 10f-2m winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) First Charter and Group 1-placed 10-12f winner (including at Listed level) Private Charter. This colt is trained by Jamie Osborne and fetched 80,000gns as a yearling, certainly looking the part on pedigree as a full brother to Queen Mary/Lowther Stakes winner Best Terms, while the dam hails from an excellent middle distance family (great-grandam being Time Charter). He has clearly inherited all of his sire’s speed, while he is bred to act on this artificial surface; stable has the odd winning newcomer and, in a race where those with previous experience set a far from exacting standard, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this son of Exceed And Excel go close on debut.

7.15 KemptonEVERY CHANCE (nap)

The selection, trained by Jamie Osborne, is a son of Frozen Power who improved with each outing at two back in 2015, finishing fourth behind Ennaadd in a 1m median auction maiden at Lingfield in December of that year in a race where very useful pair Imperial Aviator and Hombre Rojo filled the other places. He came good at the third time of asking in a 9.5f median auction maiden at Wolverhampton a week later, soon leading and driven along on the approach to the straight, coming clear with over a furlong left to run to score by 7 lengths from Van Dyke. He wasn’t seen again until contesting a handicap over the same course and distance 12 days ago (well-backed 11/4 market leader), very slowly into stride and racing well off the pace in last, pushed along over two furlongs out and making steady but sustained headway in the straight to come home a closing fifth behind Count Montecristo (beaten 3½ lengths). The form this gelding showed on maiden company at two suggests an opening mark of 87 is very workable, a sluggish start and overall rustiness on his return leaving him unable to prove the point and justify strong pre-race market support; additional distance here ought to suit and no surprise to see this gelding return to winning ways.

About Author

Have been interested in horse racing since 2000, particularly the breeding side of things. Naturally, I enjoy picking apart maiden races given my love of pedigrees, but I am also at home with handicaps and Group races. Spotting potential early is very rewarding, as is picking up on a handicap project from an early stage, with my most satisfying success stories in recent years being Pere Blanc, More Of That, Turtle Watch and Arab Dawn.

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