A field of nine go to post for the fifth race of the day at Leicester on Monday, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: With a brilliant mix of speed and stamina in his pedigree, MONAADHIL was purchased for 160,000gns as a yearling by Hamdan Al Maktoum and he races for the in form Marcus Tregoning team. Out of Dark Angel who has produced some smart horses including Harry Angel with also some staying power on the dam side, the mile trip should be perfect for him on debut for powerful connections and he’s touted to make a winning start under Jim Crowley. Wonderfillo was second to a subsequent winner last time out which gives him strong claims and Mesbaar is another newcomer to note for in form connections.
1 ALADDIN SANE – Three year old by Teofilo who has shown very little in two starts for Brian Meehan, loose in the paddock before his debut a tWindsor before being slowly into stride. Upped in trip for his second start at Newmarket, he dropped away tamely at the three pole and this is no easier back down in trip. Hard to see him playing a role in this under Jordan Uys and he’s best watched until he’s into modest handicaps.
2 ETERNAL DREAM – One raced for William Knight who was a well beaten sixth at Windsor 350 days ago and he has been gelded since. He should be a different proposition this time around on better ground, though the fact he’s been off track for so long is slightly disconcerting. Possible place contender at a big price for Oisin Murphy, though the market will be key.
3 MESBAAR – Son of Dalakhani who was purchased for 105,000gns as a yearling by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum and makes his track debut today for Roger Varian, who has a strike rate of 31% from his last thirty-two runners. The dam was a two year old winner at the six furlong trip so speed wont be an issue for this three year old who also has a mix of stamina in his pedigree, so the mile should be his optimum at this stage. Strongly fancied in the market and likely to be ready to roll on debut, so has to be respected.
4 MEYRICK – Once raced three year old for WIlliam Haggas who was well beaten on debut for Newbury back in August, keen early on before being outpaced when the leaders went for home. He’s been gelded since and should know more now upped to the mile with the in form Pat Cosgrave on board. Market the best guide but the yard is in good form and he’s a likely place contender.
5 MONAADHIL – Marcus Tregoning is in good form at present and sends his three year old by Dark Angel for his debut here for Hamdan Al Maktoum, who bought him as a yearling for 160,000gns. He has a good mix of speed and stamina in his pedigree should the mile is a very good place to start, with Jim Crowley likely to give him the best possible chance on debut. He should be ready to go on debut and has to be respected, as he looks very much over priced.
6 POWDERHOUSE – Godolphin three year old who finished sixth on debut for Charlie Appleby at Wetherby, disappointing considering his pedigree suggests he can do a great deal better. He drops back in trip to the mile from twelve furlongs which is interesting and he should know more this time for powerful connections with James Doyle taking the ride. He’s a likely place contender and is another interesting runner.
7 UPENDED – Beaten over ten lengths on both his starts thus far for Chris Wall, with his latest run at Newmarket a slight step forward but he never looked likely to get involved. Hard to see him getting involved in this and he’s likely one for the handicaps after this run, so is best watched once again.
8 WONDERFILLO – Ran a promising race on debut at Kempton back in March when keeping on very strongly after being blocked at a crucial stage and he once again ran a good race when second to a subsequent winner over the same C&D seventy five days ago. He has strong claims once again under Luke Morris and has to be considered a big player, though he could be vulnerable should one of the newcomers be above average.
9 TALLULAH’S QUEST – Three year old for Julia Feilden who has been soundly beaten at odds of 125/1 and 100/1 on both her starts thus far. offering little to no promise on both those runs. She’s unlikely to land a blow under Adam Beschizza and is one for another day.