2.50 Yarmouth – AL NAMIR (nap)
This looks a potentially informative two-year-old novice event, with some top connections represented by well-bred newcomers who look set to dominate given the standard set by those with experience isn’t a high one.
The selection, trained by Richard Hannon, is a son of Shamardal who is a half brother to smart 6-7f 2yo winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Tajaanus and very useful 7-7.5f winner Motafaawit, out of a 6f 2yo debut winner who was a three-parts sister to smart French/UK 7f-1m winner (including at Listed level) Mankib and half sister to useful 6.5f 2yo debut winner Raaqy out of Cheveley Park Stakes winner/French Derby third Natagora. This colt makes clear appeal on pedigree, being a half brother to a pair of winning two-year-old newcomers for these connections, one of whom went on to record victories at Group 3/Listed level, whilst both his dam and her half sister were also successful on debut as juveniles. He comes from a reliable source of two-year-old winners that is also more than capable of having its youngsters ready to roll at the first time of asking; no surprise whatsoever to see this well-related son of Shamardal uphold the family tradition and make a winning start to his career here.
The Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Dark Of Night is a son of Dark Angel who was too green to justify even money favouritism on debut in a 5f novice event at Kempton last month, but he failed to build on that as expected when only fifth (9/4 market leader) in a 6f novice contest at Wolverhampton some three weeks ago, one paced at the business end of matters as he came home in fifth behind Pinatubo. He didn’t appear to have too many excuses on that occasion, albeit in a race that has already started to work out well (second and third winners recently); has the edge in terms of experience over the majority of his rivals and possible another furlong will aid his cause, but it would be somewhat disappointing if at least one of the well-bred newcomers couldn’t improve past him here.
The Charlie Appleby-trained Boccaccio is a son of Dubawi who is the first foal of a high-class 6-7f winner (including twice at Group 3 level) who was a full sister to very smart 6f-1m winner (including at Group 1 level) Chachamaidee, a three-parts sister to very useful UK/Hong Kong 6-7f winner (including at Group 3 level) California Whip and a half sister to useful 12-14f Flat/very useful 2m-2m 1f hurdle (including at Listed level) winner Hassle and the dam of 1m 2yo Listed winner/Racing Post Trophy third Celestial Path out of an unraced half sister to 1000 Guineas winner Virginia Waters. This colt fetched 850,000gns as a yearling and makes obvious appeal on pedigree, the first foal of the dual 7f Group 3 winning J Wonder, herself successful on debut at two and related to a couple of first-time-out scorers. There are several other winning newcomers in the family, and he comes from a stable that has made its usual bright start to the season with its younger brigade; not exactly difficult to see him going close here.
John Gosden sends out a couple of newcomers here, the first string appearing to the Robert Havlin-ridden Herman Hesse, a son of Frankel who is a three-parts brother to 9.5f 3yo debut winner Questionare (by Galileo) out of a Grade 1-placed French 7.5-10f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) who was closely related to 1m 3yo winner/French 2000 Guineas runner-up Catcher In The Rye and a half sister to useful UK/UAE 10-11f winner Envisage out of a Canadian 10f Grade 2 winning half sister to French 15/15.5f Group 2 winner Wareed. This colt is another hailing from a top stable to boast a smart pedigree, his year older three-parts brother successful first time out for connections earlier this year, whilst the dam was a high-class performer in the States having been smart in France. It is a pedigree that suggests he may need a bit more time/distance than one or two of his rivals, but his stable is hardly averse to starting off a good one here and it’ll be interesting to see how he goes in the market.
Stablemate Mass Media is a son of Exceed And Excel who is the first foal of a Listed-placed 1m 3yo winner who was a half sister to very smart 10-12.5f winner (including at Grade 1 level) Debussy, smart 8-8.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Laugh Aloud and two other winners out of a Group 3-placed 1m 1f 2yo debut winning half sister to King George winner/Irish Derby third Belmez. This colt once again boasts a smart pedigree, but for all his sire is an influence for speed/precocity, he is bred to rather come into his own with more time/distance; seemingly been passed over by Robert Havlin in favour of Herman Hesse and likely best watched on this occasion.
Archie Watson’s Dramatic Sands is a son of Footstepsinthesand who is the fourth foal of a 9.5-12f winner who was the daughter of a 1m 3yo debut winning sister to Group 2-placed 1m 2yo winner Zafonium and half sister to smart 8-11.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Revere and four other winners including the dam of 7f 2yo Group 2 winner Red Duke. This colt sold for €32,000 as a yearling at auction and makes only a limited amount appeal on pedigree, the fourth foal of a modest middle distance winner who was herself related to a handful of maiden performers. There are a host of smart performers further back in the family, it being a very successful one for Fahd Salman a couple of decades ago; represents an excellent handler that has already enjoyed significant success with his two-year-old performers in 2019, but one or two others make far greater appeal on pedigree.
Richard Hannon saddles another newcomer in the shape of Pitcher, a son of Sepoy who is a full brother to Group 1-placed triple 7f winner (including at Group 3 level) Dabyah and a half brother to 1m 3yo winner Sam Gold, out of a 9.5f 3yo winning half sister to Group 2-placed 6-12f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Queen’s Best (later dam of US 10f Grade 1 winner Queen’s Trust), French 12f Listed winner Reverie Solitaire and six other winners. This colt fetched 65,000gns as a yearling and makes a good amount of appeal on pedigree, a brother to 7f 2yo debut/Fred Darling winner Dabyah and out of a winning half sister to several winners. Like his stablemate, he is bred to make a more immediate impact than one or two of his rivals and gives his stable a strong hand here.
5.55 Sandown – CRIME OF PASSION (nb)
The opening two-year-old fillies’ novice event on the card has produced some smart performers over the years – notable past winners including Above Limits, Maqaasid, Upward Spiral, Wind Fire and Kassia – and this year’s renewal features a once-raced pair looking to step up on their debut efforts against a clutch of newcomers.
The selection, trained by Jamie Osborne, is a nicely-bred daughter of Acclamation who debuted in a 5f fillies’ auction novice event at Windsor 45 days ago (20/1 chance), soon tracking the leaders and travelling powerfully, shaken up two furlongs out and pushed left by another rival, showing some signs of inexperience and fading under fairly considerate handling inside the final furlong to come home seventh of 14 behind Lambeth Walk (beaten 6 lengths). This filly very much shaped as though she’d come on for that outing, in terms of fitness more than anything, doing it easily to the two furlong marker but weakening inside the final furlong. It is interesting to note that her two full siblings each took a sizeable step forward from their first run at two, which this filly will undoubtedly need to do here, whilst a couple of the yard’s youngsters have improved markedly for their initial outing of late (notably Seraphinite at Kempton last Wednesday). For all she faces a handful of interesting newcomers from good stables, this filly’s prior experience could count for plenty here, especially if she’s able to get across from stall seven.
The Archie Watson-trained Sneaky is a daughter of Charm Spirit who debuted in a 6f fillies’ novice event at Kempton eight days ago (2/1 market leader), half-rearing as the stalls opened and racing enthusiastically towards the rear of the field, making good progress between the two and one furlong markers and briefly looking a threat before fading rather tamely, coming home in fifth behind Serpahinite (beaten 8 lengths), The market spoke strongly in her favour that day but her finishing effort lacked punch, a refusal to settle fully seemingly taking its toll in the end. A step back to the minimum distance therefore makes sense and she has landed the best of the draw here, provided she breaks on terms this time; does need to have improved quite a bit in little more than a week, though.
The pick of the newcomers on paper is the Tom Dascombe-trained Multiply By Eight, a daughter of Muhaarar who is a half sister to smart triple 5f 2yo winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Ceiling Kitty (later dam of Chesham Stakes winner Arthur Kitt), useful 6-7f winner Bernardo O’Reilly and triple 5f 2yo winner Van Go Go, out of a maiden half sister to Japanese 1000 Guineas winner Jeweler, Japanese triple 6f Group 3 winner One Carat and Group 3-placed Japanese 8-10f winner Sunshine out of a French 10.5f 3yo Group 3 winner. This filly makes considerable appeal on pedigree, being a half sister to the yard’s 2012 Queen Mary winner Ceiling Kitty, herself the dam of their smart 2018 juvenile performer Arthur Kitt (successful on debut). She is quite clearly bred to make an immediate impact in her first season, and her stable is perfectly capable of readying one to strike at the first time of asking.
The Richard Hannon-trained Divine Covey is a daughter of Dark Angel who is the first foal of a Listed-placed 6f 2yo debut winner who was a half sister to useful dual 6f winner Instalment, useful UK/US 7-9f winner Victoria Reel and four other winners out of a useful 9-10f winning sister to high-class UK/UAE 7-10f winner (including at Group 1 level) Right Approach. This filly makes a good amount of appeal on pedigree, her dam successful first time out for connections and a half sister to another two-year-old debut scorer for them, albeit both did so over six furlongs. Her sire adds another layer of speed and clearly inherited that to kick off over the minimum distance; likely type.
Ralph Beckett’s Cece Ceylon is a daughter of Iffraaj who is the second foal of a maiden half sister to French 5f 2yo Listed winner Mona Em (later dam of 5f 2yo Group 2/Listed winner Sir Prancealot), Listed-placed 7f 3yo winner/Irish 2000 Guineas fourth Maumee and useful 1m 2yo winner Kharish. This filly’s sales price increased from 50,000gns as a foal to 75,000gns as a yearling, bred to make an impact in her first season, her dam related to some precocious speedsters including Sir Prancealot, who landed the Listed National Stakes over this course and distance. She comes from a stable in decent nick at present, and it has saddled a winning newcomer from this age group in 2019.
The George Scott-trained Dragon Flight is a daughter of No Nay Never who is the first foal of an unraced close relation to Group 3-placed 7f-1m winner (including three times at Listed level) Eton Forever and Listed-placed French 5-6f winner Holy Spring and a half sister to very useful 7-9f winner (including at Listed level) Nans Joy and the dam of French 5f 2yo Listed winner Kenouska out of a once-raced maiden half sister to Green Desert. This filly was picked up for £26,000 as a yearling and isn’t devoid of appeal on paper, boasting a couple of smart speedsters close up in the family; stable 3-54 with newcomers from this age group, however, and likely to find a few too sharp.