2.00 Nottingham – BIRDCAGE WALK (nb)
The opening division of the two-year-old fillies’ maiden on the card sees a couple that shaped with promise on debut in the same race at Newmarket take on a clutch of interesting newcomers representing good connections – past winners of this race include Hoh Buzzard, Rajeem, Juniper Girl, Shorthand, Enticement and Cocktail Queen.
The selection is a daughter of Sea The Moon who is a half sister to smart UK/Australian 7f-1m winner (including at Group 2 level) Best Of Days out of a German 1m Listed winner who was a half sister to smart 7-10.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Azmeel and fairly useful 6-7f winner Apache Storm out of a Listed-placed 7f-1m winning half sister to seven winners, notably Irish 10f 3yo Group 3 winner Grand Ducal and very useful 6f-1m winner Al Khaleej. This filly is trained by Hugo Palmer and makes plenty of appeal on pedigree, a half sister to six-length debut/Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes winner Best Of Days and out of a mare who went close on debut at two (later successful at Listed level), herself a half sister to impressive two-year-old debut scorer/dual Group 3 winner Azmeel. It is a family that contains plenty of two-year-old winners, including first time out, and her first-season sire has made a solid start in his second career; stable can have its youngsters to strike at the first time of asking every now and then, and a prominent first showing from this daughter of Sea The Moon wouldn’t at all surprise.
The John Gosden-trained Ambling is a daughter of Lope De Vega who debuted in a 1m fillies’ novice event at Newmarket 11 days ago (not unbacked 6/1 chance; hooded), soon showing signs of inexperience at the rear of the field, driven along and making progress over two furlongs out but hanging badly right as she did so, continuing to drift right but staying on strongly throughout the final furlong to take fourth behind Sh Boom (beaten 3½ lengths). It was clear this filly was in need of the experience that day, her hanging violently to her right hopefully greenness and nothing more sinister, bearing in mind she was hooded for debut; entitled to improve significantly for both that outing and the extra furlong here, it isn’t difficult to envisage this filly playing a part at the business end of matters.
Mark Johnston’s Vivid Diamond is a daughter of Cape Cross who debuted in the same contest at Newmarket 11 days ago (33/1 chance), close up from the outset and shaken up over three furlongs out, gradually becoming tapped-for-toe and edging to her right, keeping on inside the final furlong to come home in fifth behind Sh Boom (beaten 4 lengths). This filly is out of a useful middle distance/staying performer and shaped in kind on debut, unable to go with the leaders when the tempo lifted soon after halfway but rallying to the cause inside the final furlong to close up on the principals. She does have a bit to find with the re-opposing Ambling, whose inexperience was more evident and who came from further back; however, given she ought to be more clued up and gets the services of De Sousa this time, it’s not hard to see this daughter of Cape Cross making a bold bid from the front.
The Ed Walker-trained Padmavati is a daughter of New Approach who made her debut outing in a 7f fillies’ novice event at Lingfield 15 days ago (25/1 chance), slowly away and settled in at the rear of the field, still well off the pace when shaken up passing the two furlong marker, staying on nicely throughout the final furlong to take sixth behind Romola (beaten 6½ lengths). It was a reasonably promising debut effort from this filly, staying on nicely from a long way back having missed the break, shaping like one that’d relish this extra furlong (granddaughter of Petrushka); entitled to improve for that initial experience, but one or two others make slightly more appeal on this occasion.
There are some interesting newcomers aside from the selection, the first of them being Roger Varian’s Shagalla, a daughter of Lawman who is a half sister to Listed-placed 1m 1f 2yo winner Shaherezada and useful 10-11f 3yo winner Shymkent, out of an unraced three-parts sister to Group 1-placed 8-11.5f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level)/Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture, smart 7-10f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Sir Isaac Newton and 1m 2yo Group 2 winner Japan out of a Listed-placed 12-13f winning half sister to Arc winner Sagamix and French 10f 2yo Group 1 winner/Arc third Sagacity. This filly can hardly fail to catch the eye on pedigree, a half sister to a couple of useful performers and out of a well-related mare whose relations include recent 1m Group 2 Beresford Stakes winner Japan; ought to prove capable of making an impact at this sort of trip in her first season.
The Ralph Beckett-trained Fancy Dress is a daughter of Mastercraftsman who is the second foal of a Group 3-placed 7f 2yo debut winner who was a full sister to French 7f 3yo debut winner Via Lattea and a half sister to 5-6f 2yo winner Mistime out of an unraced half sister to Group 3-placed French 10.5f 3yo winner Nobilis, Group 2/Listed-placed 10-12f Flat/useful 2m-2m 4f hurdle winner Drill Sergeant and 7f 2yo debut winner Sergeant Ablett. This filly cost €56,000 as a yearling and makes appeal on pedigree, her dam successful on debut at two and herself a half sister to a three-year-old debut scorer, with there being some useful performers further back in the family including another debut scorer at two. She is clearly bred to make an immediate impact in her first season, and she represents an in-form stable that has an excellent record with debuting fillies from this age group over this course and distance (4-12 with such types in the past decade); no surprise to see her very much involved on debut.
The Archie Watson-trained Tasman Sea is a daughter of Champs Elysees who is closely related to French 6.5f-1m winner Asque (by Dansili) and a half sister to smart Irish 5f-1m winner (including twice at Listed level) Fourpenny Lane and Listed-placed dual 5f 2yo winner Graphic Guest, out of an unraced half sister to 7f 3yo Listed winner Kalindi (later dam of Medicean Man) and smart French sprinter Tayseer. This filly fetched 50,000gns as a yearling and makes a fair amount of appeal on pedigree, hailing from a solid family that includes the odd two-year-old scorer; however, for all her handler has had an excellent season with his younger brigade (including debut winners), it is more than likely his representative on this occasion will prove to be the type that improves with racing.
2.10 Salisbury – STORMWAVE (nap)
The second division of an often informative one-mile two-year-old novice event – past winners including Look Here (Doctor Fremantle second), Chain Lightning (Census second), Bonfire (Cubanita second), So Beloved, Snow Sky and Chemical Charge – and this year’s race sees one or two that have shown promise face some interesting newcomers.
The selection is a son of Dalakhani who is a full brother to smart 10f-2m winner (including at Listed level) Moonrise Landing and a half brother to two winners, out of a Group 2-placed 7f-1m 2yo winner (including at Group 3 level) who was a half sister to 8-12f winner Saytara, prolific 6-10.5f winner San Cassiano and two other winners out of a maiden sister to 7f 2yo Listed winner Celtic Silence and half sister to Group 2-placed 1m-2m winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Royal And Regal and the dam of 12f 3yo Listed winner Grandee. This colt is trained by Ralph Beckett and makes plenty of appeal on pedigree, bred to come into his own over middle distances at three but there being plenty of two-year-old winners in the family, his dam a smart juvenile who was related to Chesham Stakes winner Celtic Silence. He represents an in-form stable that has a particularly good record in this event, sending out the likes of subsequent Oaks heroine Look Here and the smart Chemical Charge to make winning starts, whilst the smart Cubanita went close on debut; no surprise to see this son of Dalakhani very much involved.
The Richard Hannon-trained Gamba is a daughter of Cape Cross who debuted in a 1m fillies’ novice event at Ascot 25 days ago (well-supported 4/1 chance), tracking the leading duo and shaken up on the approach to the straight, looking a brief threat over a furlong out but her effort flattening out inside the final furlong and coming home fourth of five behind Shambolic (beaten 3¾ lengths). This filly shaped as though she would improve for the run on that occasion despite market confidence beforehand, though that form has proved mixed thus far; bred to excel with time and distance, some level of improvement ought to be forthcoming from this daughter of Cape Cross.
The Sylvester Kirk-trained Wave Walker is a son of Footstepsinthesand who found only Fragrant Belle too good in a 1m median auction novice event at Lingfield last month, but he could only manage fourth behind Felix The Poet in an 8.5f novice event at Wolverhampton 11 days ago, waited with and caught a little wide, pushed along over two furlongs out and keeping on steadily in the straight (beaten 8 lengths). For all it was a little disappointing he couldn’t immediately build on that debut promise, it is also fair to say he wasn’t seen to best advantage, poorly placed in relation to the trio that finished ahead of him in what was a steadily-run affair; remains capable of better and, for all this looks a deeper race than the pair of events he has contested to date, no surprise to see him involved here.
Roger Charlton’s Ned Mackay is a son of Kodiac who debuted in a 1m novice race at Ffos Las 17 days ago (12/1 chance), slowly into stride and showing signs of inexperience at the rear of the field, making some progress on the inner over two furlongs out but soon fading back out of contention, beating just one rival home behind Nivaldo (beaten 13 lengths). His inexperience was plain for all to see on that occasion, the market forewarning such a performance; bred to do much better at some stage and represents a top stable with a good recent record in this particular race, but, on the evidence of that debut showing, he looks a longer-term/three-year-old project.
There are some interesting newcomers in the field aside from the selection, the first of them being Ed Dunlop’s Global Express, a son of New Approach who is a half brother to Group 1-placed 5-6f 2yo winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Misheer, 7f 2yo debut winner Night Song, multiple 5-5.5f winner Storm Lightning and multiple 6f winner Hartwright, out of a 5f 2yo winner who was a full sister to very useful 7f-1m winner Kehaar and 6f-1m winner Present Danger out of a 1m 3yo debut winning half sister to Middle Park Stakes winner First Trump. This colt fetched 175,000gns as a yearling and makes obvious appeal on paper, a half brother to the smart juvenile Misheer, who along with another half sister in Night Song made an impressive winning debut; stable continue to struggle for form, however, enduring a particularly miserable campaign with its youngsters (3-62 so far in 2018).
The Michael Bell-trained Babbo’s Boy is a son of Mastercraftsman who is a half brother to Listed-placed 7f-1m winner Lanansaak, 7f-1m winner Bakoura and 8.5f 3yo winner Estebsaal, out of a Group 3/Listed-placed 1m 2yo debut winner who was a half sister to very useful 7f 2yo winner Maghanim, useful UK/UAE 7f-1m winner Alshawameq and French 6.5f 2yo debut winner Sand Pigeon. This colt cost 110,000gns as a yearling and makes a good amount of appeal on pedigree, a half brother to a 7f 2yo debut winner and out of a debut winner at two over this distance from a good family. The fact he holds an entry in the Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy suggests he shows plenty on the practice grounds at home, and his handler can get them ready to strike at the first time of asking; booking of James Doyle signals intent and a prominent first showing would come as no surprise.
The Roger Varian-trained Military Move is a son of Dubawi who is a half brother to triple 1m winner Arctic Sea out of a Group 3-placed French 9-10f winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to Listed-placed 8-14f winner Handsome Man and useful 6f 2yo winner Zaffaan out of a high-class 7f-1m winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) who was a half sister to French 6/6.5f Group 3 winner Pole Position out of a 5f 2yo winning half sister to Jupiter Island and Pushy. This colt cost €230,000 as a yearling at auction and makes some appeal on pedigree, his dam yet to produce anything of note but herself a smart sort who was related to one or two useful types; represents last season’s winning connections but no surprise to see their runner this time improve for the outing.
The Ed Walker-trained Baryshnikov is a son of Mastercraftsman who is a half brother to smart 8-10f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Lady Gloria, Listed-placed multiple 1m winner Light And Shade, dual 6f 2yo winner Tara Celeb and two other winners, out of an unraced daughter of a 5f 2yo winning half sister to Queen Mary winner Nadwah. This colt’s sales price increased from 75,000gns as a foal to 120,000gns as a yearling, boasting a nice pedigree as a half brother a handful of winners including the smart Lady Gloria and a pair of two-year-old debut scorers. For all he makes plenty of appeal on pedigree, he comes from a stable that generally adopts a patient approach with its youngsters; likely best watched on this occasion unless notably strong in the market.