14:35 Chester 14 Sep 2018

MBNA Nursery (Class 4) (2YO only)

Winner £6,081 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: None

2

7f 1y

Soft (Good to Soft in places)

Weather: View Course Guide

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
Data quality69%
Position
1 (6)
33191
iT
Silver, tassel on cap (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum)

Indian Sounds (IRE) (ex6)  6 

b c Exceed and Excel - Sarinda (Dubawi)

2 9-11
87 3
2 9-11
87 3

Winner at Newbury in July and quickly resumed progress when making all in good style at Kempton nursery last week. Obvious claims under a penalty.

Winner at Newbury in July and quickly resumed progress when making all in good style at Kempton nursery last week. Obvious claims under a penalty.

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Indian Sounds Score: 540

1
2 (8)
414311
iT
Yellow, orange triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, yellow cap, orange diamond (Mr John Brown)

Iconic Choice 17 

ch f Sixties Icon - Adorable Choice (Choisir)

2 9-7
83
2 9-7
83

Won at Newbury (6f) in June and back on the up to win nurseries at Haydock and Ripon last 2 starts. However, often slowly away so may prove vulnerable around here.

Won at Newbury (6f) in June and back on the up to win nurseries at Haydock and Ripon last 2 starts. However, often slowly away so may prove vulnerable around here.

Iconic Choice Score: 404

3
3 (1)
312
iT
Emerald green, red hoops, quartered cap (Arnold, Hart, Leitao, Woodward, Wrigle)

King Of Tonga (IRE)  25 

gr c Dark Angel - Bronze Queen (Invincible Spirit)

2 9-5
81
2 9-5
81

Stepped up on debut to win 13-runner minor event at Redcar (6f, good to firm). Good second at Thirsk next time but likely to prove best at sprint trips.

Stepped up on debut to win 13-runner minor event at Redcar (6f, good to firm). Good second at Thirsk next time but likely to prove best at sprint trips.

King Of Tonga Score: 461

2
4 (2)
335320
iT
Maroon, light blue chevron, light blue and maroon hooped sleeves, light blue cap (Birbeck Burke Goss Hyden Jones)

Dark Thunder (IRE)  22 

gr c Alhebayeb - Call This Cat (One Cool Cat)

2 9-3 p1
79
2 9-3 p1
79

Matched best form when second of 8 in nursery at Haydock (7f). Stiff task next time and can bounce back returned to this level. Cheekpieces on 1st time.

Matched best form when second of 8 in nursery at Haydock (7f). Stiff task next time and can bounce back returned to this level. Cheekpieces on 1st time.

Dark Thunder Score: 364

5 (7)
46316
iT
Black, gold cross and stripe on cap (Kingsclere Racing Club)

Pass The Gin 41 

br f Passing Glance - Oasis Spirit (Oasis Dream)

2 9-3
79
2 9-3
79

Capitalised on a better tactical position than previously when getting off the mark in novice event here (6f) before not seen to best effect on nursery debut at Newmarket. Likely to stay.

Capitalised on a better tactical position than previously when getting off the mark in novice event here (6f) before not seen to best effect on nursery debut at Newmarket. Likely to stay.

Pass The Gin Score: 384

4
6 (4)
914
iT
Royal blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves and cap (Mr John L Marriott)

Sparklealot (IRE)  28 

b c Sir Prancealot - Monsusu (Montjeu)

2 9-1
77
2 9-1
77

Winner at Leicester in August before finding 5f too sharp at Chelmsford. Now upped to 7f on nursery debut.

Winner at Leicester in August before finding 5f too sharp at Chelmsford. Now upped to 7f on nursery debut.

Sparklealot Score: 336

7 (9)
553
iT
Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap (Dr Marwan Koukash)

Gabrial The One (IRE)  40 

b c Zoffany - Guilia (Galileo)

2 8-10
72
2 8-10
72

Beaten 6 lengths into third over C&D last month but type to do better now handicapping.

Beaten 6 lengths into third over C&D last month but type to do better now handicapping.

Gabrial The One Score: 351

8 (10)
7343
iT
White, dark blue epaulets, dark blue and white halved sleeves, quartered cap (Bearstone Stud Limited)

Illusions 15 

b f Toronado - Romantic Myth (Mind Games)

2 8-8 p1
70
2 8-8 p1
70

Respectable third on nursery debut at Carlisle 2 weeks ago but looks ready for 1m now. Cheekpieces on 1st time.

Respectable third on nursery debut at Carlisle 2 weeks ago but looks ready for 1m now. Cheekpieces on 1st time.

Illusions Score: 355

9 (5)
76517
iT
Purple, royal blue star, hooped sleeves, royal blue cap, purple star (Cbws & Partner)

Call Him Al (IRE)  17 

b c Alhebayeb - Exempt (Exceed and Excel)

2 8-6
68
2 8-6
68

Improved to make a winning nursery debut at Musselburgh (7f, good, 15/8) but struggled at Epsom next time.

Improved to make a winning nursery debut at Musselburgh (7f, good, 15/8) but struggled at Epsom next time.

Call Him Al Score: 368

10 (3)
634844
iT
Dark blue, yellow disc, yellow sleeves, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap, yellow spots (A Parr & A Berry)

The Fluter (IRE)  17 

b c Kodiac - Fujara (Rail Link)

2 8-0 (ow2)
62 8
2 8-0 (ow2)
62 8

Just modest form in various grades and has to race from 8 lb out of the handicap here.

Just modest form in various grades and has to race from 8 lb out of the handicap here.

The Fluter Score: 175

Verdict

KING OF TONGA picked up minor money over 6f at Thirsk last time but he was tapped for toe inside the final furlong and promises to be suited by this stiffer test. An opening mark of 81 appears fair for Richard Fahey's charge, who has bagged a good draw in stall one. Penalised Kempton scorer Indian Sounds and Tom Dascombe's thriving hat-trick seeker, Iconic Choice, are others expected to take a hand.

Verdict

INDIAN SOUNDS galloped his rivals into the ground at Kempton last week and could prove hard to peg back under a penalty. Pass The Gin wasn't seen to best effect at Newmarket and remains with potential, while Dark Thunder has returned to a more suitable level.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2017 Soft 8 Chai Chai 8 2 8 13 71 539753 8 days A Balding (178 miles) David Probert 4/1 1:35.11
2016 Good 8 Arc Royal 3 2 9 2 79 53202 20 days T Dascombe (16 miles) R Kingscote 5/2 1:28.53
2015 Good 8 Powderhorn 2 2 9 5 79 63312 24 days M Johnston (112 miles) Franny Norton 11/4 1:27.21