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Horse Racing: Wednesday 21st November – Aidenldrebin Selection


3.45 WarwickEYES RIGHT (nap)

The concluding three-year-old fillies’ bumper on the card looks a decent enough contest, with the quartet boasting previous experience setting a none too exacting standard for some interesting newcomers to aim at.

The selection is a daughter of Passing Glance who is the first foal of a smart dual bumper (including at Listed level)/Listed-placed 2m-2m 3f hurdle winner who was a full sister to Listed-placed dual bumper/useful 2m-2m 1f hurdle/chase winner Call Me A Legend and bumper/2m 2f-2m 5f hurdle/3m 6f chase winner Call At Midnight and a half sister to three winners out of an 8-10f Flat/2m-2m 4f hurdle/dual 2m chase winner. This filly is trained by Alan King and makes obvious appeal on pedigree, her dam a Listed winner in this sphere who was also an impressive debut scorer, whilst her two sisters were also successful first time out in bumper company (all for this stable). She is quite clearly bred to make a both a significant and immediate impact in this sphere, with one of the dam’s relations making her winning start at this sort of distance (14f). Her yard is in excellent nick at present and is renowned for its prowess in this sphere, so a winning start for this daughter of Passing Glance would come as little surprise.

The Nick Williams-trained Felicidad is a daughter of Racinger who offered some promise on debut in an APQS maiden at Le Lion D’angers in August and again shaped well when contesting a 13f junior bumper at Market Rasen a month ago, taking a fierce grip under restraint in last place, still well off the pace as the tempo lifted over three furlongs out, staying on strongly throughout the final furlong to run Surin to a head at the line. This filly was given too much to do that day, her refusal to settle early a factor in her poor position once the race began in earnest. She has shown enough in her two outings to suggest a race of this nature is within her capabilities, but her prior experience against a field comprising mainly of newcomers will count for little should she refuse to settle again.

Dan Skelton’s Bergamot is a daughter of Azamour who made her debut in a 14f junior bumper at Carlisle 17 days ago (6/1 chance), waited with in midfield until shaken up to make headway approaching the home straight, ridden and attempting to challenge from the two furlong marker but proving one paced under pressure, eventually coming home in fifth behind Alright Sunshine (beaten lengths). It was a reasonable enough first effort from his filly, travelling okay to a point but lacking the finishing speed of one or two of her rivals; boasts a useful pedigree and represents a good stable, but no great surprise to see her find a few of the newcomers too good here.

The Steve Gollings-trained Especially So is a So You Think half sister to good hurdlers Barizan and Baradari who debuted in a 2m newcomers’ bumper at Southwell 42 days ago (8/1 chance), tracking the leaders until losing her position and shaken up at halfway, responding for pressure and plugging on in the straight without ever threatening the principals as she came home in fourth behind Adjourned (beaten 1 lengths). This filly offered some promise on that occasion, clearly held back by inexperience, close up until running green and losing her place at the halfway point, rallying well for pressure in the straight. She didn’t really show enough on that occasion to suggest she was a winner in waiting in this sphere, though the step back in trip here shouldn’t inconvenience.

There are a few other newcomers of interest aside from the selection, the first of them being Tom Lacey’s Lady Cylla, a daughter of Malinas who is a half sister to dual bumper winner Before Midnight out of a 3m hurdle winner who was a half sister to 12f Listed bumper/3m-3m 1f hurdle winner Lord Generous, 2m 3f-2m 5f winner Lady Karina and 2m 4f hurdle winner Mary Eleanor out of a triple bumper/very smart 2m 4f-2m 7f hurdle (including three times at Grade 1 level) winner. This filly makes plenty of appeal on pedigree, a half sister to a debut winner in this sphere and out of a winning daughter of the very smart hurdler Lady Rebecca, herself a triple winner in bumpers and whose son Lord Generous won the Listed bumper at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. She represents an excellent stable that has enjoyed plenty of success in this sphere, including with newcomers; clearly of significant interest.

The Gavin Cromwell-trained Ainmisfearr is a daughter of Famous Name who is a half sister to French 7.5f winner Alhavolle, German 6.5f-1m winner Zampata and two other winners, out of an unraced sister to French 12-14.5f winner Valoro and a half sister to French 12f 3yo Listed winner Valley Quest, Listed-placed French 7.5-9f winner Cool Star, French 1m 2yo debut winners Valdara and Veridique and French 12f 3yo debut winner Valdoro out of a French 1m 3yo debut winner. This filly fetched €7,000 as a foal and makes a fair amount of appeal on pedigree, a half sister to four Flat winners and out of a half sister to several at least useful winners in France, including four debut scorers. She is very much bred for this sort of test and represents a good Irish stable that has won a couple of bumpers on these shores; booking of James Bowen a positive and not difficult to envisage this filly playing a leading role.

Neil King’s Parisian Affair is a daughter of Champs Elysees who is a full sister to 8-10f Flat/2m hurdle winner Elysian Prince and a three-parts sister to bumper winner Fforbidden Love (by Fastnet Rock), out of an 8.5f 3yo winner who was closely related to US 1m Grade 3 winner Osidy and a half sister to French 12f 3yo Group 3 winner Quetsche out of a Group 1-placed German 8-11f winner (including twice at Group 2 level). This filly makes plenty of of appeal on pedigree, her full brother a fair performer under both codes and her three-parts sister a bumper winner (third time out) for these connections, whilst her dam was related to some high-class performers on the Flat. Her stable enjoys its fair share of success in bumpers and their representative here looks the ideal type for this sort of test, so a prominent first showing from this nicely-bred daughter of Champs Elysees wouldn’t overly surprise.

The Jonjo O’Neill-trained Lunar Baby is a daughter of Fame And Glory who is the first foal of a bumper/3m hurdle winner who was a half sister to 2m hurdle winner Polly Massini out of a maiden half sister to 2m 6f-3m 1f chase winner Fairy Mist. This filly doesn’t make quite as much appeal on paper as some in the field, her dam a winner in this sphere but that success coming over 2m 2f, and her relations were, in the main, winning pointers/chasers. She isn’t bred to be anywhere near as sharp as a few of her rivals, for all her sire’s progeny enjoy plenty of success in the bumper sphere; stable can get the odd one ready to strike first time out, but others make more appeal here.

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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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