My Stable pointers: Friday
We pick out the best eyecatchers for your free My Stable trackers from Friday's action, while there's gallops pointers too.
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Saamidd, Top Offer, Tales of Grimm, Barley Mow, God Willing - familiar names all. Well, sort of.
None of them really went on to achieve what was thought possible when they passed the post in front in the Don Deadman Memorial European Breeders' Fund Maiden Stakes but expectations were high for all of them and it's an indication that the Newbury race is usually well contested.
This year's renewal - you can watch a replay here - doesn't look any different and it was hard not to be impressed by Elm Park who crossed the line with his ears pricked, making the trainer's mother, Lady Emma Balding, 'go weak at the knees' by her own admission.
It's to be hoped that he fulfils dreams and expectations in contrast to some of his predecessors and it will give connections great pleasure given that his sire, Phoenix Reach, performed such wonders for the yard.
Typically there were several taking runs from those in behind, not least the performances of Acolyte and Manolito, neither of whom represent yards that typically have their youngsters wound up at the first time of asking.
The former travelled strongly - even allowing for Shane Kelly's quiet style - but failed to pick up and should be wiser next time.
The fifth home, trained by Hughie Morrison, has a stouter pedigree and it wouldn't be a surprise if he took until next season to come into his own although it's more likely to be once handicapping than in the Derby for which he holds an entry. (IO)
There have been dark horses, eyecatching performances, lightly-raced improvers and promising debutants all listed on these pages in recent weeks and months. And then there is Shavansky.
Nominating a 10-year-old has being a horse to follow takes some gumption, but he is at least a) holding his form well, b) getting some help from the handicapper and c) a regular winner.
He badly hampered his chance in today's Punter Southall Transaction Services Handicap with a slow start, but such was the slow pace set by Mister Fizz that he was quickly back in touch with the main pack.
However the dawdling gallop did not suit horses ridden patiently and it was no surprise that having raced second and first respectively from the off, favourite Epsom Hill and Mister Fizz were still in front at the winning post.
Shavansky made up some ground three furlongs out to look as if he might throw down a challenge, but the frontrunners had left something up their sleeve and powered on again.
In a faster-run contest, he's worth another chance to show that he will stay beyond a mile and a half and to take advantage of the kindness of the assessor that allowed him to race off a mark lower than that defied for four of his six most recent handicap victories, particularly if connections continue to use an apprentice rider to further reduce his weight burden. (WH)
The feature Bathwick Tyres St Hugh's Stakes followed that and was won in good style by Bronze Maquette to boost the form of both Kool Kompany and Limato.
The race was probably only ordinary for the grade but the run of Blue Aegean can be marked up considerably.
Denied a clear run when travelling strongly, she had to be switched around runners to make her challenge and still - albeit briefly - looked as though she might take a hand in the finish before being eased when her chance had gone.
She accounted for subsequent Group Three winner Osaila when winning her maiden and, although that rival was making her debut she also looks capable of making her mark at the same level in the coming months. (IO)
Pointers From The Gallops
PETHER'S MOON limbered-up for Group Three action at Newbury this weekend with a very pleasing workout midweek, further evidence that he is operating on an upward curve for trainer Richard Hannon.
Richard Hughes made the horse's mind up for him when the combination scored cosily in a race at Glorious Goodwood.
Talented though he is, the colt doesn't do much in front and Hughes may play a waiting game in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes, a race that commemorates one of this racecourse's staunchest supporters.
PRODUCER and PROFESSOR are peas out of the same pod and both have been declared for Saturday's Hungerford Stakes.
Producer is proven in Group Two company, but given he finished second in Thursday's Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury, there must be some doubt about his weekend participation.
Professor possibly has a bit more to find at this level, but he's been working well and glided up the strip.
TORONADO is lightly-raced this year and has side-stepped the Prix Jacques Le Marois.
He moved beautifully the other day and connections feel they'll have a better chance of out pointing Kingman in the Quenn Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day.
OLYMPIC GLORY goes out to bat in Sunday's Deauville highlight, and he will certainly enjoy the cut in the ground as he faces John Gosden's brilliant colt.
Several other horses set for domestic duty worked encouragingly.
They included the filles SHAFRAH and CRYSTAL NYMPH, as well as recent winner LIL ROCKERFELLER.