12.50 Nottingham – SOLAR CROSS (nap)
The selection, trained by Roger Charlton, is a son of Sea The Stars who made his debut outing in a 1m maiden at Newbury 12 days ago (13/2 chance), waited with in midfield until moving closer over two furlongs out, ridden to challenge approaching the final furlong but unable to sustain his effort fully as he came home in fourth behind Sound Bar (beaten 3½ lengths). This colt offered plenty of encouragement that day, travelling into things in good style but his inexperience all too evident once off the bridle, considerately handled once his chance of victory had gone inside the final furlong. The maiden in which he debuted is a race his handler has run some smart performers in over the years (Al Kazeem, Quest For More, Sea Of Heartbreak etc.), and he shaped as though he’d know a lot more next time; absolutely no surprise to see this colt confirm that initial promise and come good at the second time of asking here.
1.20 Nottingham – STONE THE CROWS
The selection is a son of Cape Cross who is a half brother to very useful 7-10f winner Banksea out of a 12f 4yo winner who was closely related to smart 8-10f winner Coordinated Cut and a half brother to 1m 2yo Listed winner New Mexican, Listed-placed multiple UK/UAE 10f winner Wild Savannah and 6f 2yo debut winner Sahara Desert out of a Listed-placed 7-9f winner. This gelding is trained by Roger Charlton and makes a good amount of appeal on pedigree, his half brother the good handicapper Banksea who was able to make a winning debut at two, whilst his dam was related to two-year-old debut winners Coordinated Cut (1m) and Sahara Desert (6f) and a Listed winner at two over this trip. His handler’s youngsters tend to improve for the run more often than not, but this gelding’s pedigree suggests he could prove capable of making an immediate impact at this sort of distance; no surprise to see him show up well first time out.
6.25 Kempton – DABAN (nb)
The selection is a daughter of Acclamation who is a half sister to high-class 7f-1m winner (including at Group 3 level) Thikriyaat and 14f 3yo AW winner Cahill, out of a maiden sister to French 8.5-10f winner Tecla and a half sister to Group 1-placed 7f-1m winner (including Group 3 level) Johnny Barnes (by Acclamation), smart 9-10.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Albisola, Listed-placed French 8-8.5f winner Bufera and four other winners. This filly is trained by John Gosden and fetched 260,000gns as a yearling, making clear appeal on pedigree as a half sister to 1m 2yo AW debut/3yo Group 3 winner Thikriyaat and out of a half sister to this yard’s 7f 2yo debut/1m 3yo Group 3 winner Johnny Barnes (by the same sire) and a handful of at least useful performers. Her pedigree strongly suggests she’ll be capable of making an impact at this trip in her first season, and she represents a top stable that’s enjoying a very good time of it with its juveniles; no surprise to see their representative here make a winning debut.