Notebook

  • Archie

    Fairly easy to back ahead of his stable and all-weather debut (02/04), he nonetheless shaped well enough at Kempton to think that he can get his career back on track. Lightly raced since winning on debut for his previous yard as a juvenile, this was his first outing since last July so should have blown away a few cobwebs. He was well placed given the way the race developed but they always seemed to be going a stride too fast for him over this seven furlong trip which is, perhaps, no surprise given that he was tried over 10 furlongs last season. He kept to his task well though and looks capable of getting his head in front again having been given a little bit of wriggle room by the handicapper.

    Trained by C G Cox  Sired by Fast Company

    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled March 2nd, 2012)

  • Cloud Seven

    Well backed ahead of his seasonal reappearance at Kempton (13/04) which was his first run since being gelded. Arguably a little short of a change of pace when it was required which is no great surprise given he has won over three furlongs further but he managed to find plenty of trouble whichever way he turned and can be rated a good bit better than his final finishing position. He has done nearly all of his racing on synthetic surfaces but there's no reason to believe that he won't prove just as effective back on grass but either way he has the scope to make further progress this season.

    Trained by C F Wall, Sired by New Approach
    Brown Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled February 11th, 2012)

  • Deningy

    May well have made a winning debut at Ascot (26/04) in what is often a hot conditions stakes but got trapped against the rails and didn't get out until too late. Like most of the yard's juveniles, he knew his job but that's not to say that he won't be able to progress and he looks to be an above average performer on this evidence. A maiden should be a formality and then it will be a question as to whether he can hold his own in pattern races and he looks well worth following in the short-term.

    Trained by P D Evans, Sired by Sepoy
    Chestnut colt, 2yo, (Foaled March 31, 2014)

  • Grand Inquisitor

    Grand Inquisitor was easy to back on the soft ground at Newmarket's Craven meeting but emerged with plenty of credit, finding trouble almost right from the off before keeping on for sixth place. Ryan Moore didn't give him a hard time at all and a slow start left him facing an uphilll task throughout. He looks to have progressed again from three to four and it would be no surprise to see him go well (at a decent price too after this effort) at York's Dante meeting, or somewhere similar in the weeks ahead.

    Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Sired by Dansili
    Bay colt, 4yo, (Foaled February 9th, 2012)

  • Gulliver

    He shaped really encouragingly in the Hot Streak Future Stars Maiden Stakes at Newmarket (1/5). He drifted markedly in the market after being very green going to post and then he missed the break and was always playing catch-up under Andrea Atzeni. However, despite that adversity he worked his way into the contest nicely and ran on really well to get fourth from an unpromising position without being shown the whip. He should've learnt plenty from the experience.

    Trained by H Palmer, Sired by Sayif
    Bay colt, 2yo, (Foaled April 8, 2014)

  • Intimation

    Sent off as favourite at Newmarket (30/04) for her seasonal reappearance and fourth career start but shaped as though the run was needed in finishing a staying on seventh. It may not be wise to read too much into a filly's Group One entries but she certainly looks capable of winning from her current handicap mark and progressing through the season while she has the scope to take a step up in trip in her stride.

    Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Sired by Dubawi
    Bay filly, 4yo, (Foaled April 25, 2012)

  • Jaadu

    Despite the fact that his handicap mark has taken a minor pounding for his third in the Spring Cup at Lingfield on March 5, Jaadu showed more than enough to suggest that he can pay his way as a three-year-old. He has an interesting profile, having shown little in three early maidens at two before winning a nursery at Glorious Goodwood, after which he was thrown into the Acomb Stakes. Second in a pipeopener at Wolverhampton in February, he took a sizeable step forward at Lingfield, but the 9lb rise he has been handed for his luckless third could have been a lot stiffer had he not been hampered in the melee caused by the wayward Race Day just over a furlong out. Sea Of Flames, who was stopped in his tracks at the same time, has already come out and reversed form with winner Haalick moved up to a mile on Finals Day and the way that Jaadu got going again in the last 75 yards to snatch third also bodes well for his prospects once moved up to the same trip.

    Trained by M R Channon, Sired by Holy Roman Emperor
    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled May 9th, 2013)

  • Jungle Cat

    Ran a fine race to finish second in the Palace House Stakes (30/4) and is one to keep on the right side of in the early part of the year on this evidence. He took the solo passage up the middle of the track, drifting right in the closing stages, but finished his race off well. This shows he's still in great heart following three tough races at Meydan and this will have set him up nicely for a return to six furlongs. Connections indicated afterwards that the Duke Of York Stakes might be next, if it doesn't come too soon.

    Trained by C Appleby, Sired by Iffraaj
    Bay colt, 4yo, (Foaled April 5, 2012)

  • Loaves And Fishes

    It may be hoping for rather too much that she can do an 'Amazing Maria' but her previous connections did harbour Classic ambitions before last season and she shaped with some promise for her new yard at Nottingham (26/04) when very easy to back. Entitled to come on for that run and sure to benefit from a step back up in distance, it will be interesting to see if the market sends out more positive vibes next time.

    Trained by D O'Meara, Sired by Oasis Dream
    Bay filly, 4yo, (Foaled February 28, 2012)

  • Mutarakez

    Weakened to finish 11th of 22 in the Lincoln (02/04) but the ground - which was changed to soft, heavy in places after the first race - was far too taxing for this lightly raced individual on his first start for over nine months. Not seen since disappointing at Royal Ascot, he showed enough in this run to think that he can get back on track and fulfil his trainer's expectations of developing into a Group race performer. He travelled well for a long way into the race, arguably racing a shade keenly if anything, until tiring with around a furlong of the race still to run. He's entitled to come on a good deal for the outing and quicker conditions should help to show him in a better light.

    Trained by B J Meehan, Sired by Fast Company
    Chestnut Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled May 7th, 2012)

  • Paling

    Sent off at a short price on his handicap debut and reappearance at Lingfield (04/04), he could only finish third and couldn't be called an unlucky loser. However, he was held-up last in an eight strong field where the eventual winner dictated a slow pace throughout. Ryan Moore had to wait for room to make his challenge, weaving through runners on the inside and his mount kept pleasingly to the task. There is sufficient stamina on the distaff side to believe that he can cope with a step up in trip in due course and his style of racing suggests that he will benefit from that as he doesn't appear to be blessed with gears but there is certainly enough evidence to indicate that he can win a race or two before the handicapper catches up with him.

    Trained by R Charlton, Sired by Zamindar
    Bay Colt, 3yo, (Foaled February 21st, 2013)

  • Sterling Silva

    Relatively easy to back ahead of his racecourse debut at Leicester (08/04), he looked in real trouble at the halfway stage on the testing ground but suddenly found his stride and ran on powerfully to land the money from a more experienced rival. This race may not have taken a great deal of winning but there was a good deal to like about the performance and the winner is clearly held in high regard by connections who introduced smart Group Race juvenile Kool Kompany at this track in April 2014. While it may be expecting a bit much for this colt to reach the same heights, he does look to be an exciting prospect for the season ahead and is from a family his yard knows well.

    Trained by R Hannon, Sired by Sakhee's Secret
    Chestnut Colt, 2yo, (Foaled March 25th, 2014)

  • Taqdeer

    Paul Hanagan rode like he always knew he was going to get there (Newmarket, 1/5) and he could well confirm the form with the well-regarded runner-up on revised terms even though he was receiving 8lbs on this occasion. Connections may step him up to pattern company rather than remain in handicaps while rattling fast ground could be a concern but regardless of that, he still appeals as one to be with next time and quite possibly beyond.

    Trained by J H M Gosden, Sired by Fast Company
    Chestnut colt, 3yo, (Foaled January 29, 2013)

  • Teruntum Star

    Ryan Moore never really looked happy aboard Teruntum Star (1/5), but that may well have been because he realised from some way out that his low draw was going to leave him out with the washing in the middle of the course. His mount did not seem to appreciate Newmarket's undulations on going marginally quicker than he prefers but he made some steady progress in the closing stages without his rider ever asking too serious a question and his performance suggested that the revised mark he was handed for winning at the Craven Meeting will not prove beyond him, perhaps when there is some cut in the ground again.

    Trained by K A Ryan, Sired by Dutch Art
    Chestnut gelding, 4yo, (Foaled May 19, 2012)

  • Wings Of Desire

    John Gosden will have been disappointed with the performance of favourite Satish in the strong-looking 10-furlong maiden at Newmarket's Craven meeting but stablemate Wings Of Desire looks a lovely long-term prospect after his staying-on third behind Winning Story and Daqeeq. A son of Pivotal out of Wing Gull, he's a full brother to Eagle Top and while he might not necessarily possess the raw talent of that sibling, there is a lot to like about the way he's made up. Wings Of Desire looked in need of the run beforehand and wasn't ideally positioned in what appeared a slowly-run affair but he picked up really well when meeting the rising ground and already looks in need of at least a mile and a half. He seems sure to pay his way as the season goes on.

    Trained by John Gosden, Sired by Pivotal
    Chestnut colt, 3yo, (Foaled February 20th, 2013)

  • Yeeoow

    He has been very consistent all year - but that doesn't mean he's in the handicapper's grip. In fact, he's racing off a mark 9lb below a career best and, judging by his effort in a hot six-furlong handicap at Newmarket (1/5), he can be placed to advantage soon. Always prominent under Joey Haynes, he raced wide throughout from stall one but did much the best of those drawn low with stalls 15, 12, 8, 10, 16 and 17 finishing in the three places either side of him at the finish.

    Trained by K R Burke, Sired by Holy Roman Emperor
    Bay gelding, 7yo, (Foaled April 21, 2009)