15:35 Newmarket Wed 17 April 2019
Won first two starts in 7f Kempton novice contests, the second under a penalty before making a profitable trip to Qatar where he won a valuable 1m event. Big step up in class here but passed every test so far.
Off for 11 months after winning early season novice contest here last season but showed no ill effects as he won very readily at Wolverhampton three weeks ago. This will be a huge step up in class but worthy of taking his chance.
Winner of an 18-runner Newbury novice contest last July but rather disappointing that he was then beaten at 1/7 at Ffos Las when last seen. Can do better than that but looks a tough ask here.
Certainly sets the standard based on his Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere win last season (runner up won Irish 2000 Guineas trial by 8L last week). Disappointing UAE return but that on dirt and back on turf here he could be a different proposition.
Unbeaten Dansili colt won 1m contests at Kempton and Newcastle last winter showing his aptitude for AW surfaces. No reason he can't be as effective on turf and jockey booking catches the eye ahead of this big step up in class.
Shamardal colt easy to back in a typically informative backend maiden here last September but won with plenty in hand despite 33/1 odds. In the could be anything category after that but this obviously a huge step up in class.
Dual 6f winning two-year-old also finished second in the Acomb (7f) before being well held by Too Darn Hot (fifth) where Confiding finished third. Will need another step up in class if he's to go close.
Shamardal colt from family of outstanding Australian performer Lonhro made a big impression when comfortably beating a smart previous winner on debut last season. Yard won this with Derby winner Masar 12 months ago so this colt merits huge respect.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C ApplebyJ: W Buick|
Royal Marine (13/8), Skardu (3/1), Zakouski (7/2), Jackstar (10/1), Watan (12/1), Prince Eiji (12/1), Set Piece (14/1), Confiding (14/1), Global Spectrum (20/1), Momkin (28/1)
- Royal Marine
- Prince Eiji
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