IN SUMMARY : Sultanaa is a fascinating runner here based on her Turf form in the UK last summer particularly when beaten just 3 lengths by subsequent Grade 1 winner Laurens at Doncaster. Preference however is for CRANESBILL who ran well in a good maiden in Ireland last year and has run respectably on Dirt so far but this return to Turf should help him no end and see him break his Maiden tag.
1 ATTA ALLA – 5,500 guineas yearling who was down the field here in a 2000 Guineas Trial back in 2016. Good 2nd in a Maiden at Jebel Ali last week. Half-brother to a 2m winner in King Calypso so this step up to 1m1f looks a good step on pedigree. Has a bit to find with some of these on the figures however.
2 CAPE OF EAGLES – 40,000 guineas purchase in October 2016. Ex-Charles O’Brien runner when trained in Ireland. Has been running well on Dirt here but his pedigree suggests that this return to Turf will suit. Respected in what looks a winnable Maiden but has to improve on form shown so far to trouble some of these.
3 CRANESBILL – Ex-Godolphin recruit who cost $150,000 as a yearling. Began career running for Willie McCreery and ran twice on turf last year. Comfortably the better performance coming on fast ground in a Maiden at Leopardstown when 4th. Been running Ok on dirt but makes the switch back to turf now.
4 DAWWASS – First foal by Dam Quaintly who won two races on turf when trained in Ireland by David Wachman. Ran well on turf here last month suggesting that this slight step up in trip would suit. That looks solid enough form and Richard Mullen back aboard however is now looking slightly exposed compared to some of these rivals.
5 FORTUNE WRITER – 130,000 guineas yearling, brother to Bonnie Lesley who won two races on turf for Keith Dalgleish and a half-brother to Coulsty who won a Group 3 on turf. Finished 3rd at Al Ain last month on Dirt but this surface should suit better. Pat Cosgrave back aboard now but has to improve even on that last effort to feature.
6 KUNANI – Trainer had a winner here on Thursday in a Listed Handicap. Started his career with John Gosden but had just the one start for that yard finishing 5th at Newmarket last summer. Disappointing when well beaten behind Fortune Writer and Cranesbill at Al Ain last month and this switch to turf not certain to suit better.
7 MIGYAAS – Half-brother to useful dirt performers Emmrooz and Latkhaf. Showed initial promise when trained by Saeed Bin Suroor but ended his career with that yard with two disappointing efforts last summer. Has not shown a great deal for this yard so far and well behind some of these in a Maiden on dirt last month.
8 MUQAATIL – 160,000 guineas yearling, half-brother to Walkwithapurpose who was 3rd in a Grade 2 on dirt in America and Charged Cotton who was a winner over this trip on turf. Finished 6th in a Maiden here last month over a mile, was 3 and a half lengths behind Dawwass and difficult to see that form reversed here.
9 PRADESH – Half-brother to Listed Winner Dark Orchid who was trained by Andre Fabre. Also started his career with that yard and showed a moderate level of ability. Struggled on dirt and needs this switch back to turf to make a big impact here. This step back up to 1m1f will suit however.
10 GUNDOGDU – $50,000 2-year old having just his 5th career start today. Related to some useful American horses on both turf and dirt but has yet to replicate that form. Trainer profitable to follow with his runners here this year, operating at a 13% strike-rate and is +24.15 to a £1 stake. Not one to give up on just yet.
11 LOYAL SOLDIER – Dam Our Eleanor had just the one start but was well beaten on dirt. Half-brother to two dirt winners and had two starts here on dirt before finishing well down the field in a Grade 3 last month. Now switches to turf which is not sure to suit however has to be respected on form here last year.
12 MEQDAAM – Good 4th in a Maiden on turf here over 7f in January shaping as though a step up in trip would suit. Well down the field in two starts on dirt afterwards including in Group 3 company last time. Has something to prove now but no surprise if the switch back to turf can bring some improvement.
13 SKYRIDER – Half-brother to useful dirt performer Saratoga Red. Favourite over 6f here on dirt in November but could only manage 4th. Struggled here in two dirt runs afterwards, step up in trip today but has a bit to prove and now races on turf which is not sure to suit.
14 SULTANAA – 55,000 guineas yearling, showed some good level of ability last summer on turf in the UK. Including when beaten just 3 lengths by a subsequent Grade 1 filly in Laurens. Only 5th on dirt debut behind Rayya but the form of that race has been well advertised since. Respected now returning to turf.
R15 JAMESIAN – £110,000 yearling was well beaten on his only turf start in January and behind some of these back on dirt last month. First reserve and a lot to find on form shown so far to trouble these if getting a run.
R16 SHE’SASTORM – Ex-Henry Spiller trained ran by far her best race to date when 5th at Jebel Ali in January. Struggled since including on turf and has a lot to prove if getting a run here. Now steps up to 1m1f but that is not guaranteed to bring improvement.
R17 ASHDAQ – Shown a low level of ability in 9 starts on dirt and his pedigree does not suggest he will improve for this switch to turf. Off the track for nearly two years and has a lot to prove if getting a run here.
R18 THE JINAD– Largely struggled for form and was beaten 22 lengths in this race last year. Switch to turf not likely to suit and a lot to prove if getting a run here.