5.55 Newbury – AMAZING RED (nap)
The selection, trained by Ed Dunlop, is a Teofilo half brother to connections’ Red Cadeaux who shaped with a deal of promise on debut when sixth to Winning Story in a 10f maiden at Newmarket’s Craven meeting last April (33/1 chance), racing enthusiastically under restraint and his effort petering out as a result (beaten 8¾ lengths). He showed the benefit of that initial experience when landing a similar event at Pontefract two weeks later (7/2 chance), waited with in midfield and travelling well, making progress on the approach to the straight and leading inside the final 150 yards, forging clear to score by 2¾ lengths from Timekeeping. That proved to be his final outing of the season but he was always going to improve with age, and both the style and substance of his maiden win suggests an opening mark of 90 is workable; with Ryan Moore booked and his yard in good nick, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this son of Teofilo make a winning return.
7.00 Nottingham – MAGIC BEANS (nb)
The selection, trained by Hughie Morrison, is a son Pastoral Pursuits who improved with each start at two, failing to beat a rival home on debut in a 1m 1f maiden at Goodwood last September but faring slightly better when seventh of nine to Pivoine in a 1m maiden at Kempton 10 days later (beaten 12 lengths). His best effort came on his third and qualifying run in a similar event at Lingfield a month later (66/1 chance), waited with towards the rear of the field and shaken up over two furlongs out, making steady but sustained progress throughout the final furlong to come home in sixth behind Melting Dew (beaten 6¾ lengths). The surface has barely been scratched with this gelding, learning all the while in maidens and hopelessly placed when the dash for home began last time, needing the stiffer test he is granted here; handed an opening mark of 62, it would be rather disappointing if this son of Pastoral Pursuits wasn’t a whole lot more competitive now.