4.45 Newmarket – ROCOCO (nb)
The selection, trained by John Gosden, is a well-bred daughter of Dubawi who made her debut outing in a 7f fillies’ novice event here last November (4/1 chance), waited with towards the rear of the field and shaken up two furlongs out, running green initially but staying on nicely inside the final furlong to take fifth behind Nawassi (beaten 7¾ lengths). It was a promising enough first effort from this filly, given a considerate introduction over an inadequate trip, learning all the while and never nearer than at the finish. The additional furlong on offer here will only serve to aid her cause, bred for further still (half sister to St Leger third Michelangelo and out of a half sister to smart middle distance pair Coronet and Midas Touch), while an entry in the Oaks gives a fair indication of connections’ longer-term ambitions. This looks a decent enough contest, with a few others also showing promise and one or two of the newcomers (particularly six-figure purchase/stablemate Award Winning) looking the part on paper; however, this daughter of Dubawi lacks for nothing in either department, and a winning return would come as little surprise.
6.15 Kempton – BOND STREET BEAU
The selection, trained by Charlie McBride, is a son of Dandy Man who was far from disgraced on his sole outing at two in a well-contested 7f maiden at Newmarket last October, and he was well backed ahead of his return to action (gelded in the interim) in an 8.5f contest at Wolverhampton back in February, never getting beyond midfield and finishing a soundly-held fifth. Following his qualifying run at Chelmsford (10f) under the same 7lb claimer that had ridden him on the previous occasion, he made his handicap bow (fitted with a tongue tie) over 1m here a fortnight ago, moving through to challenge over a furlong out but finding his effort petering out inside the final 100 yards and having to settle for sixth behind Harbour Pilot (beaten 2½ lengths). A 2lbs drop in the weights for that reversal enables him to step into Class 6 company, and the move back to seven furlongs should also help his cause given how he shaped that day (refusal to settle fully would’ve also impacted on his finishing effort); the partnership with Josephine Gordon is maintained and no surprise whatsoever to see it all now click for this son of Dandy Man.
7.15 Kempton – MAJOR PARTNERSHIP (nap)
The selection is a son of Iffraaj who is a full brother to useful 6-7f winner Misterioso and a half brother to smart triple 1m 2yo winner (including at Group 2/Listed level)/Racing Post Trophy third Foundation, useful Irish 7-10f winner Vastonea and Irish 7f 2yo winner Take A Chance, out of a Listed-placed French 7f-1m winner who was a half sister to smart French 7f-1m winner (including at Listed level) Bermuda Rye and French 1m 2yo Listed winner Bermuda Grass. This colt is trained by Saeed Bin Suroor and fetched 200,000gns as a foal, making plenty of appeal on pedigree as a full brother to useful handicapper Misterioso and a half brother to four winners, notably the smart juvenile Foundation and decent Irish handicapper Vastonea. The latter pair made a successful start to their career, and this colt hails from an in-form stable renowned for its ability to have them fit and ready; an entry in the Dante Stakes suggests all has very much gone to plan on the practice grounds and, for all he faces one or two that have already shown promise, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this son of Iffraaj off the mark at the first time of asking.