5.10 Market Rasen – DORKING BOY (nb)
The selection is a son of Schiaparelli who is the third foal of a dual bumper (including on debut)/2m hurdle winner who was a full sister to very smart multiple bumper (including the Champion Bumper)/2m Grade 3 hurdle/2m 4f chase winner Ballyandy, 12f Flat/smart dual bumper (including at Grade 2 level)/2m hurdle winner Megastar, dual bumper winner Zhakiera Spirit and debut bumper winner Stonegate out of a 2m 3f hurdle winning half sister to bumper winner Luccombe Down. This gelding is trained by Tom Lacey and makes clear appeal on paper, his dam’s first two foals still maidens but both going close on debut in this sphere whilst she herself was a clear-cut winner on debut in this sphere and related to some good bumper performers, notably Graded winners Ballyandy and Megastar. He comes from a stable that can ready them to strike at the first time of asking in this sphere, and it’s also a yard that has been enjoying a good run of form in recent weeks; booking of Richard Johnson another obvious positive and it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this son of Schiaparelli off the mark at the first time of asking here.
8.45 Kempton – MASTER GREY (nap)
The selection, trained by Rod Millman, is a son of Mastercraftsman who, rather surprisingly, debuted as early as last May in a 5f novice event at Nottingham, well found in the market beforehand but green and never going the pace from an early stage as he came home a soundly-held fifth behind Green Power. He offered a good deal more in a 7f maiden at Salisbury the following month, travelling with a lot more fluency albeit on the retreat when short of room inside the final furlong, but signed off with a lesser effort in a 7.5f novice event at Ffos Las a further month on. Gelded since last seen, it isn’t altogether surprising to see this son of Mastercraftsman upped significantly in trip for his handicap debut, simply looking too immature and/or lacking the pace to get involved in a trio of outings at two. The strength behind in the market last term will likely prove significant at some point, and, on pedigree alone (full brother to 10/12f Listed winner Carnachy and a half brother to useful handicapper Saucy Minx) a mark of 62 looks a reasonable starting point; all in all, it’d be rather disappointing if this gelding wasn’t a lot more competitive now.