2.00 Beverley – LAITH ALAREEN (nb)
The selection is a son of Invincible Spirit who is the first foal of a maiden full sister to 6f 2yo debut winner Hip and a half sister to very smart 6-7f winner (including the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes) Hooray (by Invincible Spirit), very useful 7f-1m winner (including at Listed level) Hypnotic, Listed-placed 6f 2yo winner Mazyoun, dual 7f 3yo winner Macedon and 1m 2yo debut winner Notorize out of a 7f 2yo Listed winner. This colt is trained by David O’Meara and saw his sales price increase from £27,000 to £60,000 at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale, looking the part on pedigree as the first foal and a full sister to first-time-out juvenile scorer and a half sister to several winners, most notably the 2010 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Hooray (by the same sire as this colt). The dam went close first time out and a fair few of the family have proven equal to the task on debut, while this colt represents the successful Invincible Spirit/Pivotal cross; his handler can ready a youngster to strike at the first time of asking, doing so a handful of times last spring including with a Breeze-Up purchase for this owner in Fayaz, and no surprise to see this colt go very close on debut.
4.50 Sedgefield – BOWLER BILL (nap)
The selection is a son of Great Palm who is the third foal a debut bumper winner who was a half sister to very useful dual bumper (including on debut)/2m hurdle winner Sam’s Adventure, 2m-2m 4f hurdle winner Shanghide, bumper (debut)/2m 5f hurdle winner Eight Is My Number and bumper/2m 5f hurdle winner Kayf Adventure out of a 2m 1f hurdle winning half sister to useful 2m 4f-2m 5f hurdle/3m chase winner Major Adventure. This gelding is trained by Chris Grant and makes a good amount of appeal on pedigree, his dam a debut scorer in this sphere and a half sister to a trio of bumper winners (including a couple successful on debut) and another that went close first time out. He comes from a stable that has the odd winner in this sphere, with a couple of its more recent bumper scorers coming at this venue; no surprise whatsoever to see this son of Great Palm on the premises at the business end of matters.