1.40 Lingfield – BARNAY (nb)
The selection, trained by Marcus Tregoning, is a son of Nayef who has improved gradually with each run, green and never involved on debut in a 7f novice event at this track last November but offering more in a 1m contest back here a fortnight later, keeping on nicely from the rear to take seventh behind Masaarr. His third and final outing at two came over the same course and distance last month (33/1 chance), taking a keen hold under restraint in rear, shaken up over two furlongs out and finishing off strongly inside the final 100 yards to take fourth behind Mewtow (beaten 5¼ lengths). This gelding was far from ideally placed that day in a race where it paid to race handily, faring best of those held up and once again catching the eye with his finishing effort, hitting the line hard and shaping as though the extra two furlongs he tackles here will suit well. He comes from a stable that enjoys a good amount of success with this type of horse, and an opening mark of 66 appeals as a fair one; open to improvement for both the switch to this sphere and a step up in trip, it’d be rather disappointing if this son of Nayef couldn’t go close here.
4.05 Newbury – UP TO NO GOOD (nap)
The selection is a son of Oscar who is a half brother to bumper/very useful triple 2m 3f hurdle (including at Listed level)/smart 2m 6f-3m chase (including at Grade 2 level) winner Keepers Hill out of a maiden half sister to bumper/smart 2m-2m 2f hurdle (including at Grade 3/Listed level)/smart 2m 5f-3m chase (including at Grade 1 level) winner Shattered Love, bumper/useful triple 2m hurdle/smart 2m 4f-3m chase (including at Grade 2/Listed level) Irish Cavalier and dual bumper/2m-2m 4f hurdle/very useful 2m 3f-2m 6f chase winner Make A Track. This gelding is trained by Warren Greatrex and fetched €50,000 at auction, making clear appeal on pedigree as a half brother to the yard’s smart jumper Keepers Hill (successful first time out in a bumper), whilst his dam was a half sister to a trio of good jumpers, two of whom made a winning start in this sphere. For all he faces some promising types boasting previous experience, this son of Oscar lacks for nothing on paper and hails from a yard that can be relied upon to have its newcomers ready to roll; no surprise to see him off the mark at the first time of asking.