On a day of fairly moderate racing across Britain this 1m4f Class 3 maiden for three year olds only stands out as a potentially interesting event with £15,000 in prize money on offer.
Most of these have had a run or two, some showing more ability than others, and with a number being well bred for middle distances there is every chance we could see improved efforts from horses representing quality yards.
Mark Johnston’s gelded son of New Approach, sire of recent Investec Derby hero Masar, may well start favourite having taken a step forward last time when going close at Ripon in similar company over 1m3f.
Blackfyre, Cacophonous, King Lud, the mount of Oisin Murphy (pictured), Polish and Recordman have all demonstrated or hinted at winning potential, while nicely bred newcomer David wouldn’t have to be a superstar to go on close on his racecourse bow.
(Published 17:15, June 11) – Firlinfeu is going the right way and lost out by only half a length last time out at Ripon over a furlong less than this race. Mark Johnston’s horses continue in fine form and he won’t be far away, but there’s a suspicion there might be one or two improvers that could get the better of him on this occasion.
Saeed bin Suroor’s string have taken time to find their form this term but the Dubaian maestro has his horses in great nick of late. His Dubawi colt RECORDMAN looks an interesting prospect being out of a dam who is a half-sister to French Derby winner Anabaa Blue, and hails from the female line of such greats as Galileo, King’s Best and Sea The Stars, among others.
Recordman made his debut just a couple of weeks ago at Leicester and ran green in rear through the first half of the 1m4f contest before getting the idea in the home straight (Godolphin blue, see below). He stayed on nicely without being knocked about to finish into sixth place behind John Gosden’s Raa Atoll, a horse with Royal Ascot prentions, so with that experience to draw on he may well take all the beating this time.
Raa Atoll fends off the late challenge of Photographer to lead home a 1-2 for John Gosden in the British Stallion Studs EBF Confined Novice Stakes under Robert Havlin. pic.twitter.com/2UP2cLx328
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David Menuisier’s Cacophonous finished third at Newbury last time over 10f (Blackfyre 9th) and is open to improvement over this extra two furlongs. Blackfyre went on to finish a respectable fourth last time out at Lingfield, only fading well inside the final furlong and is going the right way. Both are respected, as too is Andrew Balding’s King Lud, who sets the standard with his 82 rating, and hinted when third here last time over 1m2f that a step up in trip might help his cause. Balding is one of the leading trainers at this track.
Roger Charlton’s Polish, a Teofilo half-brother to listed winner Ply, looked clueless for much of the race on debut at Ascot last month and was well behind until he “finished with a flourish” into sixth. He’ll know more this time and could be a danger, while newcomer David is from the fine staying family of good horses such as Duncan and Samuel. He may be better for this first outing though but is one to keep an eye on with a view to the future.
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Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.