1.50 Curragh – NOW YOU’RE TALKING
The selection, trained by Joseph O’Brien, is a nicely-bred daughter of Zoffany who made her debut outing in a 6f fillies’ maiden at Naas 26 days ago (not unsupported 100/30 chance), racing in touch towards the outer and travelling okay for the most part, ridden well over a furlong out and more or less holding her position throughout the final furlong under considerate handling, coming home in fifth behind Alpha Centauri (beaten 6½ lengths). This filly shaped a little better than the end result suggests, racing away from where the main action unfolded and not given an overly hard time from the saddle (given one slap approaching the furlong marker). The front three home filled the same positions in a Listed event back there last weekend, and this filly is sure to have sharpened up a fair bit for that initial experience; with Billy Lee now taking over in the saddle, a much improved showing from this daughter of Zoffany wouldn’t at all surprise.
5.00 York – CRIMSON ROSETTE (nb)
The selection, trained by Charlie Fellowes, is a nicely-bred daughter of Teofilo who caught the eye first time out when fifth to Talaayeb in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket last September, but she failed to improve as expected in a similar event at Chelmsford the following month, a slow start not helping matters. However, she once again shaped with a great deal of promise on her return to action in a 1m fillies’ maiden back at Newmarket last month (16/1 chance), fairly prominent in the group that raced down the centre of the track, ridden over a furlong and staying on well throughout the final furlong to finish third behind Dancing Breeze (beaten 3¼ lengths). It was a highly pleasing return to action from this filly, shaping as though ready for this step up to ten furlongs (out of a 12f winning sister to Bronze Cannon and half sister to Across The Stars) and the manner in which she’d worked her way clear of the remainder come the line promising better to come. Her stable is in good nick at present and an opening mark of 78 looks fair, so it’d be somewhat disappointing if this daughter of Teofilo couldn’t go very close here.
5.40 Haydock – MOJITO (nap)
The selection, trained by William Haggas, is a son of Requinto who debuted in a 7f maiden at York last October (3/1 joint-favourite), waited with in rear and last when shaken up two furlongs out, staying on strongly throughout the final furlong to take third behind Gulliver (beaten 3 lengths). He duly confirmed that promise in a 1m maiden at Newcastle three weeks later (1/2 market leader), waited with towards the rear of the field and travelling strongly, shaken up two furlongs out and making good progress to lead entering the final furlong, forging clear to score by 2¼ lengths from Somnambulist. There is much to like about this son of Requinto, a strapping sort physically who has hit the line hard on both outings to date, and an opening mark of 83 doesn’t look overbearing. His handler won this 12 months ago with Out And About, who boasted an indentical profile and went on to contest the Britannia; likely that this colt is viewed in a similar light and for all this looks a hot little contest, a winning return would come as no surprise.