2.55 Nottingham – OASIS FANTASY (nb)
This is the first division of a pair of two-year-old maidens on the card to be run over 1m, the first race of its kind to be run over that distance, and it doesn’t appear to be the deepest of races, with all bar one of those with experience looking to be extremely limited, but there are at least a trio very interesting newcomers from strong stables to add some interest to an otherwise average contest.
The selection is a son of Oasis Dream who is a half brother to the very smart 7f-1m winner (including twice at Group 3 level) Elusive Pimpernel, smart 8-10f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Palavicini, 10-12f 3yo winner Miss Topsy Turvy, 10f 3yo winner Invincible Cara and 10f 2yo winner Better Be Mine, out of a dual 12f 3yo winner who was closely related to smart 8-11f winner (including at Listed level) Lucky Guest, very useful and prolific 8-12f winner Son Of Sharp Shot, Chester Cup winner Fantasy Hill and to the Listed-placed dam of smart 8-12f winner (including at Listed level) Persian Lightning out of a full sister to Derby winner Oath. This nicely bred colt is trained by Ed Dunlop and makes plenty of appeal on pedigree, being a half brother to a pair of high-class performers who both made a significant impact on debut, and it is notable that the two colts from the dam’s previous five foals were far superior to three fillies she has produced to date. He admittedly comes from a stable whose youngsters tend to improve for their initial outing, but he has been found a more than winnable race on debut and is starting out over a suitable distance; no surprise to see him prove up to the job at the first time of asking.
The Tim Walford-trained Craggaknock is a gelded son of Authorized who debuted in a 7f maiden at Doncaster a month ago, sent off an unconsidered 25/1 chance but shaping with a fair amount of promise, green towards the rear and pushed along at halfway, but he got stronger as the race wore on and put in some eyecatching late work to take second close home behind Speedy Approach, coming home 4½ lengths adrift at the line. He shaped as though already needing another furlong in distance, bumping into a smart prospect in all likelihood; sets a clear standard amongst those to have raced, but he does face some interesting newcomers from top stables here.
The Garry Moss-trained Arrowzone is a son of Iffraaj who hasn’t revealed a great deal of ability in a couple of outings to date, beating just one home when tailed off behind the smart Figure Of Speech in a 6f maiden at Newmarket (July) before faring little better in a 6f maiden at Pontefract a month later, coming home ninth of 13 behind Treaty Of Paris. He hasn’t shown anywhere near enough to suggest he will up to winning a race at this level, albeit ridden conservatively both times; likely been brought along with nurseries in mind and qualifies for that sphere after this outing, so best watched once again.
The Charlie Appleby-trained Stagemanship is a US-bred son of Pivotal who is the second foal of a very useful US 8-9f winner (including at Grade 1 level) who was a half sister to smart French 7f-1m 2yo winner (including at Group 3 level) Abtaal, Grade 3-placed triple US 1m 1f winner Single Solution and useful 8-9f winner Alluring Squall. This nicely bred colt f etched $275,000 as a yearling and makes obvious appeal on pedigree, his dam a very smart sort in the States and herself related to smart French juvenile Abtaal and a pair of useful performers in the US; comes from a stable renowned for having its youngsters fully prepared on debut, and it would be surprising were this colt unable to make an impact.
John Gosden’s Hunters Creek is a son of Cape Cross who is a half brother to the very smart 7-10f winner (including the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at two) Chelsea Rose, smart 6f-1m winner (including at Listed level) European, 7f 2yo debut winner Next Move and 12f 3yo winner Woodcutter and multiple French middle distance/staying winner Ruente, out of a useful 10f 3yo winner who was a half sister to 10f Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam winner River Warden and US 1m Grade 3 winner Sweettuc. This well-related colt went for 80,000gns as a yearling and is another to make plentiful paper appeal, being a half brother to a 7f 2yo Group 1 winner and one or two others that either won on debut or went close to doing so; stable’s youngsters are usually strong at this time of the year, and another who should be involved at the business end of matters.
The Mick Channon-trained Nakeeta is a son of Sixties Icon who is the first foal of an unraced half sister to useful prolific 12f-2m winner Sendintank, 12f-2m winner Sendinpost, dual 14f AW winner Zaville and 12f Flat/bumper winner Eighteenfifty out of a 7-12f winner. This colt doesn’t make nearly as much appeal on pedigree as the other newcomers in the field, bred to need plenty of time and distance to show his true worth; almost certainly best watched on this occasion unless meeting with strong and sustained pre-race market support.
The Mark Johnston-trained Power Up is a daughter of Rail Link who is the third foal of a 12-14f fibresand/AW winner who was a half sister to multiple 6-7f winner No Grouse, 6-9f winner Commanding, 6f 3yo winner Da Wolf, 10f 3yo winner Central Force and 2m 1f chase winner Inn For The Dancer out of an unraced half sister to smart French middle distance performer Lowell. This filly is another that doesn’t make a huge amount of appeal on pedigree, the dam’s previous two foals proving themselves to be thoroughly moderate; another that is likely to require a stiffer test in time before showing her true colours.
4.20 Goodwood – RADIATOR (nap)
This two-year-old fillies’ maiden is often an above average affair – notable previous winners including Ameerat, Kootenay, Geminiani, Ithaca, Deveron and Pachattack – and this year’s renewal features one or two with previous experience that have shown a fair amount of ability and a whole host of interesting newcomers from powerful stables.
The selection is a daughter of Dubawi who is the third foal of a smart dual French 1m winner (including at Listed level)/very smart US 7-10f winner (including twice at Grade 1 level) who was closely related to Group/Grade 1 winners Banks Hill (three times, 8-10f), Cacique (twice, 10-11f), Champs Elysees (three times, 12f) and Intercontinental (twice, 8-10f) and a half sister to French 8-10f (including at Listed level)/US 1m 1f Grade 3 winner Deluxe, out of a half sister to the dams of Leroidesanimaux, Three Valleys, Treat Gently and Visit. This superbly-bred filly is trained by Sir Michael Stoute and cannot fail to catch the eye on pedigree, and as well as being very smart, several of her dam’s siblings (and herself) proved up to the task at the first time of asking (including at two). She has always been held in the highest regard by top connections, regularly showing up well on the practice grounds, so much so she has been given an entry in next month’s Fillies’ Mile (also held a Listed entry at Sandown last week); stable’s youngsters often improve for a run (had one go close at Ascot last Friday), but this filly lacks for absolutely nothing on paper and it wouldn’t at all surprise to see her come good at the first time of asking here for a stable that is 2-6 with its 2yos here in recent times.
The Ed Dunlop-trained Amazing Maria is a daughter of Mastercraftsman who shaped with a degree of promise when seventh of 15 behind Gold Top in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newbury on debut, and she duly improved on that when a staying on third behind J Wonder back there a couple of weeks ago, shaping as though more than ready for a return to this seven furlong trip. She sets the standard on what has been achieved by those to have race, and there certainly ought to be further improvement to come from her now back up in distance; however, she does face a host of well-bred/entered newcomers here, and it wouldn’t surprise to see at least one of them prove too good for her.
Roger Varian’s Ejadah is a well-bred daughter of Clodovil who shaped with a fair amount of promise in a well-contested 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket (July) a couple of weeks ago (8/1 chance), keen in midfield and moving closer past halfway, ridden and unable to quicken approaching the final furlong, eventually coming home sixth of 16 behind Enraptured (beaten 7½ lengths). Her inability to settle early perhaps blunted her finishing effort, slightly hampered when held inside the final furlong (spared a hard race); entitled to prove sharper for that experience and comes from a respected stable that does well in maidens at this meeting, and interesting to see how she fares now wearing a hood for the first time.
The Charlie Hills-trained Bajan Beauty is a daughter of Footstepsinthesand who made her debut outing in a 6f maiden at Windsor last month, going off a not unsupported 15/2 chance but never able to get involved after a slow start, pushed along from an early stage and making only some modest late gains as she came home seventh of 11 behind Trading Profit (beaten 14½ lengths). The support she came in for pre-race coupled with the fact she is brought here suggests much better is expected, unable to show what she was about on debut after a slow start; form of that race already been franked with the second and fourth winning next time, and this filly is certainly no forlorn hope here despite this requiring a fair chunk of immediate improvement.
There are several interesting newcomers aside from the selection, the first of them being the Charlie Appleby-trained Tender Emotion, a daughter of Pivotal who is a half sister to 6f 2yo AW winner Hokoumah out of a 6f 2yo Group 1 Prix Morny winner/1000 Guineas fourth who was a full sister to Group 1-placed 6f 2yo winner Silca Chiave and a half sister to high-class 5-9f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Golden Silca, smart/prolific 5-6f winner (including at Listed level) Green Manalishi and three other winners. This well-bred filly makes clear appeal on pedigree, being out of a Group 1 winner at two who was a sister to a high-class juvenile and a half sister to a smart duo; comes from a stable that can be relied upon to have them ready more often than not, and surprising were this daughter of Pivotal not heavily involved at the business end of matters.
Richard Hannon saddles a couple here, the first string being the Richard Hughes-ridden Remember, a daughter of Selkirk who is the first foal of a twice-raced maiden half sister to high-class 10-11f winner (including the Italian Oaks) Zomaradah (later dam of top-class 2yo/miler Dubawi and smart duo Emirates Queen and Princess Nada) out of a maiden half sister to 1998 Derby winner High-Rise and smart stayer Supremecy. This filly fetched 52,000gns as a yearling and makes a fair amount of appeal on pedigree, also representing a top stable that is renowned for its prowess with this age group; few of their youngsters have been improving for their initial outing, but still interesting to see how this filly goes in the betting beforehand.
Stablemate Angleterre is a daughter of Pivotal who is a half sister to useful 7f-1m 2yo winner Anmar and German 1m 2yo winner Asinara, out of a German 6f 2yo winner who was a half sister to German 2000 Guineas winner Aviso and to the dam of German Oaks winner Amarette. This filly fetched €140,000 as a yearling and ought to make a two-year-old at this distance, being a half sister to a pair of juvenile scorers and out of a 6f 2yo winner; rejected by Richard Hughes on debut, but hardly unheard of for this stable’s second string to win at the expense of its better fancied stablemate, and entries in the Moyglare Stud Stakes/Fillies’ Mile suggests she shows plenty at home.
The Ralph Beckett-trained Regardez is a daughter Champs Elysees who is a half sister to useful 6-7f winner Compton out of a 7f-1m winner who was a half sister to connections’ Oaks winner Look Here, 8-10f winners Looker and Ultimata, 10f 3yo debut winner Look Again, prolific low-grade 7-10f winner (mainly AW) Daniel Thomas and modest 8-11f winner Littlemissattitude. This nicely bred filly is another to make plenty of appeal on pedigree, not least as she is a half brother to a 6f 2yo debut winner and out of a half sister to several that either won or went close to doing so on debut, including connection’s Oaks heroine Look Here; no surprise whatsoever to see this filly right in the thick of things on debut.
The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Inchila is a daughter of Dylan Thomas who is closely related to the quirky but prolific low-grade 7-9f winner (mainly AW) Saharia (by Oratorio) and a half sister to dual UK 10f/South African 10f Group 3 winner Hawk’s Eye, 7-10f winner Celtic Step and 12-13f 3yo winner Inchwood, out of a 12f 3yo Listed winner who was closely related to 14f Group 3 winner/St Leger fourth Ursa Major, family of Inchinor. This nicely bred filly certainly looks the part on paper, but her pedigree strongly suggests that she will only come into her own once tackling middle distances further down the line; stable still get the odd winning newcomer, and Jamie Spencer an interesting booking on debut, but still likely best watched.
The Brian Meehan-trained Cayman Cry is a daughter of Street Cry who is the second foal of a smart French 7f-1m winner (including twice at Listed level) who was a half sister to smart milers Be Elusive and Heard A Whisper, high-class French middle distance performer Totally Cosmic and to the dam of St Leger winner Lucarno and high-class middle distance performer Thought Worthy. This filly went for $200,000 as a yearling at auction and is certainly bred to make her mark at two, being the second foal of a 7f 2yo debut winner who was a half sister to a handful of at least very useful performers, including the dam of Lucarno; comes from a stable that has sent out two winning newcomers from this age group already, but possibly best watched for the time being unless strong in the betting beforehand.