Dubai Elegance and Tor are both searching for back to back victories after success at maiden level, but in this Newcastle nursery they face some more experienced sorts as nine all search of victory.
In Summary: The bookies are predicting this to be a battle between the top two in the market, and the vote goes to DUBAI ELEGANCE who’s last run was extremely encouraging. The extra furlong will only enhance his chances, and the stable form of Saeed Bin Suroor has been excellent. As an Each Way option, Textured looks to have good place opportunities at big odds for the Stoute yard.
1 Tor – Following a good debut, Keith Dalgleish’s two-year-old sprinted clear on his last start at Musselburgh over a mile. He defeated the field by three and a half lengths in convincing style and looks to be able to manage with a step up into handicap company. Needs to improve on his last run and been given a tough enough opening mark.
2 Dubai Elegance – Godolphin’s two-year-old is hoping to follow up an impressive victory at Chelmsford City. He won that easily, admittedly getting five pounds from most of his closest rivals, but easily beating the 73 rated Houndstooth into a four length third. Given he started that race slowly and was having his first run on the All Weather, a mark of 81 doesn’t look overly harsh and this 200,000 guineas purchase is the one to beat.
3 Bolt Phantom – Has run some nice races for Ismail Mohammed, including finishing as a runner-up on three occasion. Has been dropped three pounds from his opening mark but couldn’t win a weaker race than this last time out and may still need to come down the weights to be competitive in nurserys.
4 Morning Suit – Mark Johnston’s all-weather winner failed to divert his way around traffic problems when last seen at Chester, but looked beaten anyway. There should be a good pace for him to aim at here but was well beaten off a mark two pounds higher at Kempton in August and will need to find plenty more.
5 Textured – Sir Michael Stoute’s maiden was highly tried last time out in a valuable fillies’ nursery at Newmarket last time out, but was struggling a long way out that day. Dropped two pounds by the handicapper, she has previously run the very promising Exmouth close but should find the Godolphin favourite too strong here.
6 Norwegian Highness – Shane Gray and Kevin Ryan team up for this one-time winner, who landed a maiden at Thirsk before a string of good efforts in the north. She finished a close second at this track on her penultimate start and the extra furlong could benefit her. However, she is two pounds higher and comes to this race following a poor run at York last time out, so has plenty to prove.
7 Portledge – This colt’s best run came on debut at a big price when third at Doncaster, but since then he has failed to improve from that effort finishing over four lengths away on his last four runs. He has been dropped from 77 to 74 following his latest four length defeat at big odds, and was highly tried at York in August. Could go well at a big price.
8 Wigan Warrior – David Brown’s two-year-old has failed to build on his promising novice form recently. He improved on two heavy defeats to finish fifth at Nottingham less than two weeks ago off a two pound higher mark, and is dropped back in trip for his All Weather debut. That doesn’t look an obvious choice and this is tougher than his recent races.
9 Miss Sheridan – Mick Easterby has given this filly a tough race to attempt to break her maiden on her sixth attempt. She was beaten in a Class 5 race over course and distance last time out off just one pound higher and up in class will find this difficult.