2.20 Leicester – JAMES GARFIELD (nap)
The selection is a son of Exceed And Excel who is a closely related to Listed-placed 7.5f-1m winner The Shrew (by Dansili) and a half brother to useful 6-7f winner Theladyinquestion and dual 10f 3yo winner Trainnah, out of a 7f 2yo Listed winning half sister to smart 7f-1m winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Whazzis out of a half sister to French Oaks winner Rafha (later dam of Invincible Spirit, Kodiac, Sadian etc.) and 11f Group 3 winner Chiang Mai (later dam of Chinese White). This colt is trained by George Scott and makes a good amount of appeal on pedigree, his dam a 6f 2yo debut/Chesham Stakes winner who has so far produced a trio of winners and was herself related to a handful of winners, including at two. He comes from a decent stable that can have the occasional youngster ready to strike at the first time of asking, and their representative here looks to have landed in the weaker of the two divisions of this six-furlong maiden; no surprise to see this son of Exceed And Excel prove capable of making a significant impact first time out.
3.30 Redcar – BOLDER BOB (nb)
The selection, trained by David Barron, is a son of Big Bad Bob who debuted in a 1m 1f maiden here last October (16/1 chance), in rear and displaying signs of inexperience from the outset, not settling fully but traveling okay for a long way, shaken up three furlongs out and making steady but sustained headway to take third close home behind Sofia’s Rock (beaten 8¾ lengths). It was a promising effort debut effort from this gelding in a race that has been well advertised in the interim, the winner and runner-up currently rated 94 and 87 respectively after recent handicap victories whilst the fifth and sixth (now rated 83) have also tasted success subsequently. He fared best of the newcomers/those that were held up that day, well off the pace as the principals stepped it up a notch but closing up well come the line; looks to have been found an inherently winnable race in which to return and, with the additional furlong on offer sure to suit, it’d be slightly disappointing if he couldn’t make a winning return to action.