This is a Class 2 maiden raced over 6 furlongs, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: Tribal Quest was only just collared late on at Newmarket on his latest start so a drop back in trip is a sensible move and he looks a big danger, but this can go to REBEL STREAK. He met trouble in running on his second start when second at Ascot, keeping on strongly when in the clear to only be beaten around a length. Slower ground is unlikely to be a problem for him and he can make it third time lucky under jockey David Probert for the in form Andrew Balding yard.
1 ALGAM – 200,000GNS yearling who ran a fine race on debut to finish second in a 7-strong field. He was green that day and will have learnt plenty from the experience although he will have had to if he is to come out on top in this. His dam has produced some fair sorts albeit with nothing spectacular standing out and his connections mean he’s likely to start a short enough price.
2 ALRAHAAL – Stayed on nicely on his racecourse debut over C&D back in June. He clinched second that day having been caught for a bit of pace and he will be suited by this bigger field and stronger pace that should be on offer. He cost a modest 60,000GNS as a yearling and he’s one to keep onside with plenty more to come in this although he will want a strong pace to aim at.
3 BAGHDAD – Eye-catching 300,000 euro purchase as a yearling, by Frankel out of a mare that produced the useful Laugh Out Loud. He finished midfield on debut at Yarmouth over 7 furlongs and it’s a surprise to see him dropped down in trip based on his pedigree (dam was kept over 7 furlongs and further). The yard have failed to send out a winner from their last 7 runners and he may not provide much in the way of value in this.
4 BOMBASTIC – Ran a fine race on racecourse debut last month to finish second in a 14-strong field at Newbury. That form looks relatively decent on the face of it although his odds (25/1) suggest it may not have been expected. His dam has yet to produce much of note and he’s a half-brother to a fast ground winner so today’s conditions could be unsuitable. Best watched for a yard without a winner from their last 15 runners.
5 GEORGE – Twice-raced Dragon Pulse colt who didn’t progress from his first to second run. He has contested two relatively decent maidens to date and he evidently likes a bit of cut in the ground which could be a massive factor today. His debut third behind Nebo, who went on to run a big race behind Gustav Klimt, looks like some of the strongest form in the race and he will be dangerous today if he can return to that level of form.
6 HELL OF A BAND – First runner for his dam, a C&D winner as a 5yo. His pedigree is packed full of speed and it would be no surprise to see him ridden prominently today on ground that should be fine. The yard’s form is a cause for concern with just one winner from 32 runners (3% strike rate) and the betting market may guide best about his chances today.
7 LAKE VOLTA – Nicely-bred son of Raven’s Pass out of a mare that reached a peak official rating of 93. Her profile suggests she will want slightly further than this 6 furlong trip but her trainer is outstanding with his 2yo’s and knows just how to get them ready on racecourse debut. Mark Johnston has been flying at present with a 22% strike rate in the past fortnight so whilst his profile isn’t the most enticing, his connections make him worthy of plenty of respect.
8 MAKAMBE – Charlie Hills’ runner has already been gelded which is always a concern as a 2yo. His dam’s side suggests he will want further than this having been a winner over a mile and tried over further. His sire’s profile gives him a glimmer of hope but his overall profile suggests this may just be too hot for him today, especially on this ground.
9 OLIVER REED – Cost £100,000 as a yearling and he showed major improvement from his first to second run. He was only beaten half-a-length at Newbury last time out in a 10-strong field and he was well-supported that day having been sent off the 3/1 favourite. His profile has a good bit of stamina within it so a strongly run 6-furlongs should be ideal on this ground. Worthy of respect today.
10 PRINCELY – Cost a mere 3,000GNS as a foal which would be a major negative in any maiden. His dam won twice over 5 furlongs albeit at a lowly-level including on this ground and combined with his sire, he could have a serious amount of pace. Ryan Moore is a fascinating booking in this race and the market should be interesting given the conflicting evidence. One to keep an eye on.
11 REBEL STREAK – Has produced two good efforts to date including a second-place finish in a Class 3 Novice Stakes at Ascot last time out. He bumped into one that day and also didn’t have a clear run through at a crucial stage, blasting home when finally getting a gap when the bird had already flown. Andrew Balding and David Probert are a combination is sizzling form and he should take all the beating with this softer ground no problem for him.
12 THECHILDREN’STRUST – Cost 24,000 Euros as a 2yo and Gary Moore isn’t known for winning with racecourse debutantes. He’s by the speedy Society Rock but his dam raced over a mile and further so it’ll be interesting to see his blend of speed and stamina. Likely to be sent off as one of the market outsiders in this.
13 THE GREAT DANDINI – 100,000GNS yearling by Dandy Man out of a mare that won twice from 19 starts. His dam won on Soft which is a positive given today’s conditions and his price tag certainly suggests he could be an above average type for this yard so he’s worth a second look in the betting market. However, the yard’s runners generally need their first run and he may be best watched on debut.
14 TRIBAL QUEST – Cost a whopping $575,000 as a yearling and this son of War Front has two second-place efforts to his name from as many starts. He is dropped back in trip today having just been caught close home last time and that looks like a sensible move. There’s a concern about today’s ground having raced twice on Good to Firm although this yard are on the mark with their 2yo’s and Charlie Appleby boasts an impressive 30% strike rate in the past fortnight.