14:00 Chester Sat 10 June 2017
Swiss Spirit colt, cost 38,000 gns as a yearling. Impressive debut at Wolverhamton last week overcoming greenness (ran wide off the bend and hung right in the closing stages) to score with a bit in hand. Has a penalty to carry but plenty left to work on and no surprise to see him go well again.
Excelebreation colt, cost 30,000 gns as a yearling. Bred for plenty further than this and finished last of six at Ascot on debut. Probably worth taking on despite the yard in flying form.
Epaulette colt, cost €17,000 as a foal, £25,000 as a yearling and £28,000 as a two-year-old. Dam was unraced but closely related to Group 3 winning stayer Feel Like Dancing, half-sister to three-time Group 1 winner Indian Ink. Likely to want further than this test but yard doing well with their juveniles this campaign (19% strike-rate) and any market support should be noted.
Harbour Watch colt, cost £85,000 as a yearling. Dam was a winner over this trip but pedigree generally points to him wanting a bit further and his debut run left that impression at Leicester last time.
Dandy Man gelding, cost 8,000 gns as a foal and £22,000 as a yearling. Dam was a smart stayer and a half-sister to Listed winner Shifting Power. Showed very little on debut around here last month and likely to need more time.
Sayif filly, cost 20,000 gns as a yearling. Half-sister to 5f Listed-placed Union Rose (who also won at the age of two), dam was a half-sister to Group-placed Taajub. Looked in need of her first two efforts but much better last time at Lingfield and each-way claims if building upon that run.
Society Rock filly, cost 25,000 gns as a yearling and £70,000 as a Breeze-Up purchase in April. Half-sister to the useful two-year-old 5f winner Ardad and clearly bred for a test of speed. Finished fourth in a moderate looking maiden at Chelmsford last week though and yard have been very quiet recently, particularly with their juveniles; others preferred.
Sixties Icon filly, cost 2,000 gns as a yearling and makes limited appeal on pedigree. Probably wants further than this.
Footstepsinthesand filly, half-sister to middle distance winner Novancia. Dam was a winner over 1m4f and a full sister to Group 1 winner Yavana's Pace and Listed winner Littlepacepaddocks. looks in need of a greater stamina test than this but has to be respected for a trainer in fine form who does well around here. Jockey booking an obvious plus but wide draw not ideal.
Stimulation filly, dam was a Listed two-year-old winner and a half-sister to six sprint winners. Well beaten on both starts to date and yard have been out of form currently, so probably best watched until taking on handicaps.
Last Year's Winner
Awsaaf (2/1), Carouse (3/1), Quayside (9/2), Armum (5/1), Footsteps Forever (8/1), Our Man In Havana (8/1), Amazing Alice (12/1), Gabrial The Devil (16/1), Renton (40/1), Couldn't Could She (50/1), Saria (100/1)
- Gabriel The Devil
- Amazing Alice
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