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Timeform Eyecatcher: Wednesday

SEA MASTER

Fourth, 7f maiden, Beverley, Wednesday 10 August

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This was just an ordinary Northern maiden on paper which went the way of the horse with the most experience, but the runner-up had shown plenty on debut, and the fourth, Sea Master, shaped with plenty of promise on debut.

He cost 52,000 guineas as a yearling and has a good middle-distance pedigree, by Derby winner Sea The Stars and out of a mare who stayed two miles, and he shaped very well from the worst of the draw over a trip which will be short of his optimum.

Sea Master was handy early but was pushed along from just after halfway, running green and not finding much before the penny really started to drop in the last 50 yards.

He looks a sure to improve on the back of this, perhaps significantly so, and he is a horse to be positive about next time, particularly if stepping up in trip.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Tuesday

THE GOAT

Third, 1m maiden, Nottingham, Tuesday 9 August

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Those with experience didn't set an exacting standard in this restricted maiden, so it was no surprise to see debutants fill the first three places.

The winner looked a good prospect, but The Goat also shaped well with an eye to the future having looked very green in the first half of the race.

Even at the two-furlong pole he didn't seem to be going anywhere, but the penny really dropped inside the final furlong and he made up plenty of ground to challenge for second on the line.

The Goat will likely stay further than a mile, but he is entitled to sharpen up a lot for this initial experience and he should be well up to winning a similar event in the near future.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Monday

ROYAL ATHENA

Third, 1m fillies' maiden, Kempton, Monday 8 August

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This was just an ordinary maiden, but the winner remains with potential, and Royal Athena caught the eye on her debut back in third.

She was a cheap purchase for one with her pedigree - she cost only 5,000 guineas as a yearling - and showed plenty to work on, patiently ridden in the first half of the race but keeping on well from two furlongs out under a hands-and-heels ride to finish never nearer than at the finish.

Royal Athena is bred to be suited by further than a mile - by Golden Horn and out of a mile and a quarter winner - and she seems sure to take a big step forward for this initial experience, especially when moving up in trip.

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