4.50 Doncaster – MARYLEBONE
The selection, trained by Ed Walker, is a son of Shamardal who hinted at ability on debut in a 7f maiden at Leicester in October 2015 and duly improved to land a similar event at Kempton the following month (5/1 chance), tracking the leader and ridden two furlongs out, catching a bump soon after but staying on well to lead inside the final 75 yards and see off Cape Banjo by ½ length. His only outing last season came in a big-field 1m handicap at Ascot last May (8/1 chance), prominent on the far side and racing with enthusiasm, asked for an effort two furlongs out and soon beaten, coming home 10th of 17 to Taurean Star (beaten 12 lengths). His subsequent absence suggests all was not right on the day, dropping out rather tamely once asked for his effort having not settled fully, and he has been gelded in the interim. However, he is a sizeable sort that appeals as the type to do better with time, and a revised mark of 80 ahead of this return to action leaves him looking nicely treated; his stable has been a little quiet lately, but it had one run well at this track yesterday and no surprise to see their representative here go very close.
5.25 Doncaster – DARKANNA (nap)
The selection is a daughter of Dark Angel who is the first foal of a Group 2/Listed-placed dual 5f 2yo winner (including on debut) who was the daughter of a 7f 3yo winning half sister to smart 5-7f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Galeota, 13f 3yo Listed winner Loulwa (later dam of dual 5f Listed winner Justineo) and useful 5-6f winner Lady Livius (later dam of smart 5-6f 2yo winner (including twice at Group 3 level) Brown Sugar and 6f 2yo Group 3 winner Burnt Sugar) out of a 5-6f 2yo winner. This filly is trained by Richard Fahey and fetched £205,000 as a yearling at auction, making any amount of appeal on pedigree as the first foal a smart, sharp juvenile performer who hails from a high-class sprinting family that includes two-year-old Group winners Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar and Galeota. She is clearly bred to make an immediate impact and comes from a top northern stable that has made a fast start with its youngsters, saddling six winning newcomers already; the fact her handler is willing to pitch her in against male opposition on debut says plenty and no surprise to see this daughter of Dark Angel off the mark at the first time of asking.
7.50 Wolverhampton – AMAZING RED (nb)
The selection, trained by Ed Dunlop, is a Teofilo half brother to connections’ gallant middle distance/staying performer 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; the additional two furlongs on offer here will suit and his stable is in decent nick at present, so it’d be rather disappointing if this son of Teofilo couldn’t make a winning return.