2.50 Doncaster – FUME (nap)
This two-year-old maiden looks sure to throw up future winners, those with experience setting a far from daunting standard for several interesting newcomers to aim at – last year’s renewal went the way of James Garfield.
The selection is a son of Frankel who is a half brother to 7f-1m 3yo AW winner Mesquite out of a smart 6-7f winner (including at Group 3 level)/Cheveley Park Stakes fourth who was a full sister to 6f 2yo winner Golden Rosie and a half sister to Group 1-placed prolific 6-8.5f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Sovereign Debt, Irish 6-7f winner Sorelle Delle Rose and dual 7f 2yo winner Marked Card out of a Listed-placed triple 5f 2yo winner. This colt is trained by Ralph Beckett and makes plenty of appeal on paper, his dam a debut scorer over this distance at two for connections that progressed into smart performer (won the Fred Darling Stakes at three), whilst she herself was related to several winners including the admirable Sovereign Debt. For all his stable’s youngsters improve for the run more often than not, there is enough in his pedigree to suggest he’ll make an immediate impact at two, as does an entry in next month’s Gimcrack Stakes; no surprise to see this son of Frankel make a winning start to his career.
The Adrian Nicholls-trained Hafeet Alain is a son of Elzaam who debuted in a 6f novice auction contest at Thirsk last month (14/1 chance), pulling himself through to the lead and racing keenly on the front end, pressed from halfway and headed over a furlong out, battling on well to take third behind You Never Can Tell (beaten 1½ lengths). His second outing came 11 days later in a 6f novice event at Redcar (4/1 chance), pushed left coming out of the stalls and racing in rear, shaken up two furlongs out and making good progress throughout the final furlong to take third behind Freed From Desire (beaten 1 length). He wasn’t seen to best effect that day, impeded by a rival breaking from the stalls and coming from a poor position to grab a place close home; however, it’s fair to say that wasn’t a particularly strong event and for all he’ll win races, may have to settle for a supporting role once more here.
The Ed Walker-trained Triggered is a nicely-bred son of Dandy Man who made his debut outing in a 6f novice event at Windsor a month ago (16/1 chance), very slowly into stride and soon detached in last, beginning to close from two furlongs out and coming through rivals inside the final furlong to reach sixth behind Dunkerron (beaten 11 lengths). This colt was much too green to show to best advantage that day, catching the eye with the work he put in the late despite the fact a few of those were merely beaten rivals having never been in the race himself. He cost plenty at auction and boasts a good pedigree (out of a half sister to Xtension and the dam of Harry Angel), while he comes from a stable whose youngsters improve plenty for a run; ought to be a lot more competitive this time.
There are some interesting newcomers aside from the selection, the first of them being the William Haggas-trained Alkaamel, a son of Havana Gold who is a half brother to 10.5f 3yo Group 3 winner Give And Take out of a out of an unraced sister to very smart 1m-2m 4f winner (five times at Group 1 level, including the Irish Derby/Ascot Gold Cup)/Derby runner-up Fame And Glory and 10f 3yo winner Yummy Mummy (later dam of 1000 Guineas winner/Oaks runner-up Legatissimo) and half sister to four winners including Listed-placed 7-12f winner Grampian out of a smart close relation to the grandam of Farhh. This colt sold for 250,000gns as a yearling and clearly takes the eye on pedigree, a half brother to the yard’s Musidora Stakes winner Give And Take (7.5f 2yo winner) and from a very successful family. For all there is a good deal of stamina in his pedigree, his sire enjoyed a fine first season in 2017 and plenty in the family have won at two; an intriguing newcomer that commands the utmost respect.
Robert Cowell’s Reeves is a son of Tamayuz who is a half brother to Listed-placed Hong Kong multiple 6f winner Domineer, useful UK/US dual 6f winner Fanatical, fairly useful 5.5-6f winner Koptoon, dual 6f 2yo winner Miss Elegance and 6f 2yo winners Gower Valentine, Marrayah and Nautical Haven, out of an unraced half sister to Irish 10f 3yo winner Sadima (later dam of dual 12f Group 1 winner/triple Arc runner-up Youmzain and Lockinge Stakes winner Creachadoir). This colt cost 95,000gns as a yearling at auction and appeals as the sort to make a significant impact in his first season, related to a host of two-year-old winners over sprint distances; his stable rarely has them ready to roll on debut, however, and their representative here is likely best watched with an eye to the future.
The Charlie Hills-trained Four Mile Bridge is a son of Acclamation who is the first foal of a Group 3-placed 6f 2yo debut winner who was a full sister to fairly useful 6f-1m winner Colonel Frank out of an unraced half sister to two modest winners and herself out of a 7f 3yo Listed winning daughter of a half sister to Diesis, Kris and Rudimentary. This colt fetched 100,000gns as a yearling and makes some appeal on pedigree, the first foal of a mare who was a seven-length debut scorer over this trip in the summer of her two-year-old career, but it’s a family that has otherwise been quiet in recent times, going back to a fine Howard De Walden family. He ought to make up into a two-year-old and his stable does get the odd winning newcomer, so certainly not one to dismiss totally out of hand.
The Richard Hannon-trained Leroy Leroy is a son of Compton Place who is a half brother to French 1m 3yo winner Cool The Jets and 13.5f 3yo Flat/dual 2m 4f hurdle winner Bank Bonus, out of a 1m 3yo winner who was a half sister to Listed-placed 6f 2yo debut winner Pack Together, useful dual 6f winner Instalment and useful UK/US 7-9f winner Victoria Reel out of a useful 9-10f winning sister to high-class 7-10f winner (including at Group 1 level) Right Approach. This colt’s sales price rose from 8,000gns as a foal to £72,000 as a yearling, making a bit of appeal on pedigree, from a family well known to this stable and one that includes a few first-time-out scorers; bred to do well at two and certainly in good hands, but one or two others appeal as the likelier candidates on this occasion.
Richard Spencer’s Louis Treize is a son of Slade Power who is the second foal of a 5.5f 2yo winner who was a full sister to 6f 2yo Listed winner Queen’s Grace and a half sister to useful 7-10f winner Poet’s Prince, prolific 7f-1m winner April Fool, 5f 2yo AW winner Dubai Affair and 6f 2yo winner Poet’s Princess out of a five-times Listed winner (5-7f) who was a half sister to July Cup winner Sakhee’s Secret and 6f Listed winner Palace Moon. This colt fetched £120,000 as a yearling and hails from a wonderful family built up by the late Bridget Swire, but it’s one that often improves with time; stable’s youngsters also improve for a run, but any market support would look interesting.