2.40 Nottingham – METEOR LIGHT (nb)
The selection, trained by Ed Vaughan, is a son of Clodovil who made his sole outing to date in a 7f maiden at Sandown last August (66/1 chance), travelling smoothly in midfield but finding his path blocked when looking to make progress approaching the two furlong marker, short of room again not long after and spared a hard race as he came home in seventh behind Deningy (beaten 9¾ lengths). He shaped much better than his finishing position that day suggests, denied a clear run on a more than one occasion as things developed up ahead, considerately handled once his chance had gone inside the final furlong. Gelded since and bred to improve significantly with time and distance, there ought to be a fair bit more to come from this son of Clodovil in his second season; also now hooded, it wouldn’t at all surprise to this son of Clodovil build on that debut promise right away and come good at the second time of asking here.
5.00 Yarmouth – ACROSS DUBAI (nap)
The selection, trained by William Haggas, is a son of Cape Cross who made a winning start to his career in a 7f maiden at Lingfield last October (6/1 chance), waited with in midfield and travelling strongly, ridden to challenge approaching the final furlong and picking up well to lead inside the final 75 yards and see off Dubai Horizon by a length. It was an impressive performance from this colt, conceding first run to a more experienced rival yet cutting back the deficit inside the final furlong to score with a bit to spare, with virtually everything in behind on that occasion going on to frank the form subsequently (also clocked a good time). His pedigree alone points to above-average improvement in his second season (dam a half sister to smart pair Laaheb and Ruwaiyan, both by Cape Cross), and an opening mark of 84 could well underestimate this colt by some way; with his stable in tip-top shape, a winning return to action would come as little surprise.