4.25 Salisbury – CRIMSON ROSETTE
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 tremendous 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.
8.00 Newmarket – TRIBUTE ACT (nap)
The selection, trained by James Fanshawe, is a well-bred daughter of Exceed And Excel who made a winning start to her career in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Kempton last October (13/2 chance), racing in midfield and shaken up over two furlongs out, showing signs of inexperience off the bridle initially but picking up well approaching the final furlong, leading inside the final 100 yards and scoring by ¾ length from Golden Nectar. This filly won with a bit more in hand than the bare margin implies, running green and appearing to idle once working her way to the front, always doing enough to account for a next-time-out winner (fourth also a winner since). She comes from a very good family that has served connections with real distinction over the years, and an opening mark of 75 almost certainly underestimates her abilities by some considerable margin (Group 1 winning half sister Ribbons began in her three-year-old campaign from the same mark); her stable has yet to have a turf winner in 2017, but a few have gone close in recent days and it’d be rather disappointing if this filly couldn’t maintain her unbeaten record here.
8.30 Newmarket – WARRIOR’S SPIRIT (nb)
The selection, trained by Richard Hannon, is a son of Requinto who confirmed the promise of his debut effort when landing a 7f maiden at Newbury last September (11/2 chance), waited with and traveling smoothly throughout, shaken up and making good headway approaching the final furlong, staying on well to lead close home and deny Crystal Ocean by a neck (solid form). He made his return to action in a traditionally strong handicap over the same course and distance 27 days ago (16/1 chance), waited with towards the rear of the field and shaken up approaching the two furlong marker, staying on well throughout the final furlong to come home seventh of 15 behind Bacchus (beaten 4¼ lengths). This colt was one of several that weren’t best placed in a race where it paid to race handily, and the form is already starting to look strong with the third and fifth winners since and the sixth going very close next time out. The additional furlong here should suit well given how strong he has been at the finish over seven furlongs and, now back in calmer waters, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this colt resume winning ways here and provide his yard with back-to-back wins in this event following Oh This Is Us’s victory 12 months ago.