Plenty of unknowns in this 7f contest with a good pot of £5,175 on offer. Read on for our experts’ thoughts and betting tips.
IN SUMMARY: A few unknowns in this with some first-time runners so it’s best to concentrate on those with experience. Doctor Bartolo produced a pleasing effort on debut behind a decent sort and will be expected to go close here if employing similar tactics. Omran will no doubt be popular after running a good one from the Varian close 3 weeks ago and should take a hand here but preference is for RED GUNNER who also ran well on debut and with his yard continuing in fine form, is taken to score under a jockey who has plenty of winners here.
1 Arnarson – Excel and Exceed Colt who cost 45,000gns as a yearling. Half-brother to 9f winner My Isla and Dam is a winner up to 8.5f, who in turn is a half-sister to 6f winner Ten Meropa so plenty of pace in his pedigree. Market will guide on debut and trainer had a few winners recently.
2 Doctor Bartolo – Sir Prancealot colt who has had one run so far, finishing 2nd behind a good one from the Peter Chapple-Hyam yard 64 days ago. Had the run of the race that day and signs are promising. May be vulnerable to one of the newcomers.
3 Golden Harbour – Harbour Watch colt who cost 62,000 Euros as a yearling and 26,000 Euros as a 2-y-o. Dam was a 6f winner and half- sister to decent 5f Hoyam. Wears a tongue-strap today and best watched on debut.
4 Hermeneutics – Gelding by Scat Daddy and cost $150,000 as a yearling and 270,000gns as a 2-y-o. Half-brother to US winners by Speightstown and Macho Uno. Dam was a decent 6f winner out of classy 1m winner Vivid Angel. Appealing pedigree and one to note in the market.
5 Ignacio Zuloaga – Lope de Vega Colt who cost 80,000gns as a yearling. Full Brother to 2-y-o 7f winner Back to Base and half-brother to various inners including the classy Ashdown Express. Sure to win races but others more persuasive on debut.
6 Mazaaji – Only one race so far for current yard and finished 10th of 13 on debut at Kempton10 days ago. Easy to ignore judged on that.
7 Omran – Choisir colt who impressed on debut, finishing 2nd at Doncaster 3 weeks ago behind the well-regarded Victory Angel from Roger Varian’s yard. Only ¾ of a length behind that day running on late which was encouraging. Can be expected to kick on from that with his yard in top form, can go close here.
8 Red Gunner – Colt by Oasis Dream who made a good start on debut, finishing 4th of 12 in a Maiden at Doncaster 3 weeks ago, 4 lengths back. Expected to improve for that and dangerous to rule out with his yard continuing to fire in the winners.
9 Road To Dubai – Aqlaam Colt who has only had one race so far, coming 7th of 14 in Maiden at Newbury 36 days ago and well beaten that day. Will know more about his job this time around but others look stronger.
10 Saxon Flames – Shamardal Colt who is a half-brother to smart 6f winner Most Beautiful and 1m Pick Your Battle. Dam was a winner up to 1 1/4 m who also stayed 1 ½m. Respected connections and market will guide as to chances but likely to find it tough to those with experience.
11 Secret Poet – Poet’s Voice Filly who has had one race so far, producing an average effort to finish 12th of 14 in Maiden at Chelmsford 16 days ago. Hard to fancy her chances judged on that and can be ignored in this.
12 Ventura Jazz – Dandy Man Filly who cost £45,000 as a yearling. Half-sister to 3 winners including useful winner Championship up to 1m and decent 7f winner The Only Boss. Market will guide on debut but can be passed over for now.