2.00 Goodwood – TATHMEEN
The selection is a son of Exceed And Excel who is a half brother to 6f 2yo debut winner Khobaraa and 7f 2yo debut winner Jufn, out of an unraced full sister to US 1m 2yo Grade 3 winner Habaya and Grade 3-placed US 7f-1m winner Hatheer and a half sister to US 1m 2yo debut winner Fawaarek out of a very smart Irish/US 9-10f winner (including three times at Grade 1 level) who was a half sister to high-class 12-14.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Alexander Three D. This colt is trained by Richard Hannon and makes plenty of appeal on paper, being a half brother to a pair of first-time-out juvenile scorers and out of a sister to a couple of smart two-year-old performers in America, one of whom was successful on debut, while a half brother was also a debut winner at two. He is quite clearly bred to make an immediate impact in his first season, and he comes from a stable that has a good record in this particular race (landed it three times in succession between 2010-2012 and saddled Estidhkaar to finish second in the 2014 renewal); no surprise whatsoever to see this son of Exceed And Excel prove equal to the task on debut.
3.45 Goodwood – PARADISE LAKE (nap)
The selection, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, is a son of Siyouni who looked badly in need of the experience on debut in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last October, and he shaped better than the bare result when sixth in a similar event at Chelmsford a couple of weeks later, hampered early and then forced wide into the straight. He was a huge eyecatcher on his return at the same venue in a 1m maiden 23 days ago, dragged back from the stalls and racing keenly under heavy restraint in rear, travelling powerfully into the straight in midfield but running into trouble when making ground inside the final furlong, eventually taking third behind Alfarris (beaten 1 length). There is no doubt this colt was unable to show the true extent of his abilities on that occasion, given the kid-glove treatment down the straight and somehow finding trouble in running. For all he has been found a potentially well above-average race for the grade, his potential for improvement is significant and a mark of 76 looks a nice starting point; with Ryan Moore back aboard and the extra furlong sure to suit, it’s not hard to see it all coming together for this son of Siyouni.
6.30 Sandown – CHAGATAI
The selection, trained by Clive Cox, is a son of Kodiac who made a winning start to his career in a 5f novice event at Bath last month (well-supported 7/4 market leader), hampered coming out of the stalls and waited with in midfield, travelling powerfully amongst runners but denied a clear run over a furlong out and forced to delay his challenge, switched right entering the final furlong and finishing off strongly to get up in the dying strides and deny Last Page by a head. The bare form of that debut victory is nothing special, but this colt did exceptionally well to win at all given all the problems he encountered, crossed by another rival coming out of the stalls and then having nowhere to go as the race began to develop before showing a nice turn of foot to overhaul a more experienced rival that had gained first run. He faces a trio of promising fellow winners that all arrive here with a good deal to recommend them, but he himself looked capable of so much more first time out and it’d be no surprise to see this son of Kodiac take this rise in class in his stride.
7.25 Chelmsford – ALFARRIS (nb)
The selection, trained by William Haggas, is a nicely-bred son of Shamardal who shaped promisingly in a couple of outings at two, closing up nicely come the line when fifth in a 7f maiden at Newmarket on debut prior to a fourth place finish in a 1m maiden at Yarmouth a couple of weeks later, racing on the unfavoured side of the track. He was gelded over the winter and made a winning return to action in a 1m maiden here some three weeks ago (15/8 market leader), caught wide and racing close to the action, shaken up two furlongs out and ridden to challenge approaching the final furlong, taking a while to hit full flow but finishing off strongly to lead close home and score by a length from Falbon. This gelding raced without cover throughout and also shaped as though the one-mile trip was somewhat on the sharp side, only really getting into top gear as the line approached. He has been handed what appeals as a workable opening mark of 78, bred to be smart and from a top stable that clearly rates him highly given his market position on all three outings to date; it’d be rather disappointing if he couldn’t follow up his maiden win here.