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Horse Racing: Saturday 11th August – Aidenldrebin Selection


2.00 Newmarket (July)HELLO BANGKOK (nap)

The opening two-year-old fillies’ maiden on the card is confined to newcomers, none of the eight runners holding a pattern race entry but one or two making plenty of appeal on pedigree and/or representing powerful connections – past winners of this race include Passage Of Time, Snoqualmie Girl, Tabassum, Minidress, Winsili and Wuheida.

The selection is a daughter of Tamayuz who is a full sister to Group 2/3-placed dual 7f winner (including at Listed level) Fadhayyil and a half sister to very useful 6-7f winner (including at Listed level) Athenian, very useful French 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) Zipzip, French 7f 2yo Listed winner Cold Stare and useful multiple 7f winner Zacynthus, out of a smart French 4.5-5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) who was a half sister to dual 7f 2yo winner Tashkil and four other winners out of a half sister to the dam of high-class miler Swallow Flight. This filly is trained by Andrew Balding and saw her sales price climb from 58,000gns as a foal to 200,000gns at the Guineas Breeze-Up sale in May, making clear appeal on pedigree as a sister to 7f 3yo Listed winner/Jersey Stakes runner-up Fadhayyil (finished second in the 2014 running of this race), whilst three of her half brothers and the dam were successful first time out. She admittedly hails from a stable hardly renowned for its prowess at producing debut winners, but this filly’s paper credentials allied with her breeze up background give hope she’ll be readier than most; also related to soft ground winners, a prominent first showing from this daughter of Tamayuz wouldn’t surprise.

The John Gosden-trained Shambolic is a daughter of Shamardal who is a half sister to very smart UK/Hong Kong 6-12f winner (including eight times at Group 1 level) Viva Pataca, high-class Irish/US 8-11f winner (including twice at Grade 1 level) Laughing, useful 7f-1m winner George Villiers, 10f 3yo winner Comedy King, 1m 4yo winner Elsiniaar and three other winners, out of a 10-11.5f 3yo winner who was a half sister to smart UK/US 7-9f winner (including at Grade 2/Group 3 level) Brave Act and 14f 3yo Listed winner Jellaby Ashkir. This filly can hardly fail to catch the eye on pedigree, a half sister to a plethora of winners including eight-time Hong Kong Group 1 winner Viva Pataca, himself a smart juvenile in this country. It is a pedigree that suggests she will excel with time and distance, but equally she ought to prove more than capable of making an impact over this sort of distance at two; her top stable has won this event three times since 2010, most notably with subsequent Nassau Stakes winner Winsili, and it would be something of a surprise if their representative this time around wasn’t very much involved in proceedings.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Hawthorn Rose is a daughter of Nathaniel who is a half sister to useful 7-10f winner Blushing Rose out of a Group 2-placed 6f 2yo winner who was a half sister to 7-14f winner Kingarrick, 10f 3yo winner Nathan Meyer (by Nathaniel) and 7f 2yo winner Papa Meilland out of a maiden half sister to very smart 8-10.5f winner (including three times at Group 1 level) Notnowcato and very useful 6-10.5f winner Heaven Knows out of a Group 2/3-placed 8-12f winner (including at Listed level). This filly is another that makes significant appeal on paper, hailing from a good de Rothschild family that has served these connections well over the years, notably with Eclipse/Juddmonte International winner Notnowcato, whilst the dam was sharp enough to win on debut at two over six furlongs and place at Group 2 level. Her sire is a stamina influence and she’ll likely thrive with time and distance, though her older half sister was a 7f 2yo winner; top stable has won this race previously and the rain-softened conditions ought to prove fine, but still a fair chance she will improve for this initial outing more than most.

Richard Hannon saddles a couple of runners here, the first of them being Indigo Angel, a daughter of Dark Angel who is a full sister to 6f 2yo Group 2 winner Alhebayeb and very useful 7f 2yo winner Azmaam and a half sister to Group 3-placed 5-6f winner (including at Listed level) Humidor and four other winners, out of a maiden half sister to Group 3-placed dual 10f winner (including at Listed level)/Oaks fourth Musetta, useful 6-7f winner Felday and six other winners. This filly fetched 100,000gns as a yearling and makes a fair amount of appeal on pedigree, a half sister to the yard’s July Stakes winner Alhebayeb and a half sister to several winners including smart speedster Humidor. She is bred to make an impact in her first season, if anything it being a surprise she has taken so long to get to the track; stable won this in 2014 and their representative here commands plenty of respect, though it is perhaps worth pointing out her sire’s progeny from this age group that debut over seven furlongs are just 2-82.

Stablemate Emeraldsandpearls is a daughter of Teofilo who is a half sister to Listed-placed 5-7.5f winner Oor Jock out of a Grade 1-placed UK/US 5.5-9f winner (including at Grade 2/3 level) who was a half sister to 7f-2m Flat/2m 3f-2m 4f hurdle winner Royal Entourage and 6f 2yo debut winner Trempjane out of a French 1m 1f 2yo winning half sister to high-class prolific 5f-1m winner (including at Group 2/3 level) King Jock, Irish 7f Group 3 winner Perfect Touch, Irish 7f Listed winner Enchanted Evening and Irish 10f 3yo Listed winner The Carbon Unit. This filly was picked up for €36,000 as a yearling and makes some appeal on pedigree, a half sister to a useful sort and out of a high-class performer who made an impressive winning debut for this yard and was a half sister another debut scorer for the stable. She should make a two-year-old at this sort of trip based on pedigree, but she looks to be the stable second string on jockey bookings and is likely best watched unless proving strong in the market beforehand.

The Charlie Hills-trained Delicious is a daughter of Olympic Glory who is a half sister to smart Irish/US 5f-1m winner (including at Group/Grade 3 level) Treasuring out of a 7f 3yo winning sister to Group 2-placed 6f 2yo debut winner Gray Pearl and half sister to high-class German 6-7f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Electric Beat and 7f 2yo debut winner Blakey’s Boy out of a maiden daughter of an unraced half sister to smart 7-10f winner (including twice at Listed level)/Irish 2000 Guineas third Cape Town and the dam of very smart 6f-1m winner (including three times at Group 1 level) Paco Boy. This filly’s sales prices increased slightly from 60,000gns as a foal to 68,000gns as a yearling, making significant appeal on pedigree as a half sister to smart juvenile performer Treasuring and the daughter of a sister to the yard’s ill-fated Gray Pearl, who finished third in the Rockfel Stakes following a smooth debut success at two. It is a pedigree that strongly suggests she’ll both handle ease in the ground and prove capable of making an impact in her first season; her stable won the 2015 renewal of this race and sent out its first winning newcomer of the season here on Friday evening, so a bold first showing from this filly would come as no surprise.

The Richard Spencer-trained Material Girl is a daughter of Pivotal who is a half sister to triple 5f winner Curtain Call and 7f 2yo winner Rubens Dream, out of a 5-7f winner who was a full sister to 5f 3yo Listed winner Sugar Free and a half sister to very useful 8-10f winner High Twelve and useful dual 5f 2yo winner Callender out of a Group 1-placed French 5-5.5f 2yo winner (including at Group 2/3 level). This filly’s sales price rose from 22,000gns as a foal to £52,000 as a yearling, boasting a speedy pedigree and related to a pair of two-year-old winners including one on debut, whilst the grandam was a very smart juvenile speedster in France. Her handler is also much improved with his younger brigade this season, sending out a couple of winning newcomers and another to go close first time out; rain-softened conditions shouldn’t hold any fears either, so this filly appeals as one of the likelier sorts here.

About Author

Have been interested in horse racing since 2000, particularly the breeding side of things. Naturally, I enjoy picking apart maiden races given my love of pedigrees, but I am also at home with handicaps and Group races. Spotting potential early is very rewarding, as is picking up on a handicap project from an early stage, with my most satisfying success stories in recent years being Pere Blanc, More Of That, Turtle Watch and Arab Dawn.

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