NEWBURY, SATURDAY JULY 18TH
Cosmic Princess, this daughter of Kingman looked fit for her first start in 264 days. She did a lot wrong during the contest, but she managed to overcome her inexperience to come out on top. Taking a keen hold coming around the top bend Hughie Morrison’s 3yo was running green down the home straight, but she managed to get on top in the final stride. I am sure there is more to come from this filly.
The tall La Dragontea didn’t take the eye paddock side, but she managed to run a mighty race only to be caught in the shadows of the post. On this showing I do not think she will be a maiden for too long.
Midrarr who ran with credit on debut stepped up to run a respectable race in third.
Coconut, who is very small, looked super fit and she did all her best work towards the end of the contest. She will appreciate an extra two furlongs.
Jaaizah, this lengthy filly by Dansili was the pick of the field, but she slightly over raced in the early stages.
Progressive looked in need of the run and was very green throughout the race, but it was not until approaching the finishing line that she finally got her act together.
Another filly I liked was Najima who has plenty of size.
Looking at these well-bred juveniles this looked a quality renewal.
The well-made Maximal looked in need of the run, however he belied his paddock appearance to nearly make a winning debut. He travelled well near the head of affairs and when he was asked for maximum effort he found plenty only to be denied by a nose. I am sure he will take a massive step forward from this.
Guru looked a nice type in the paddock, but I felt the run would just tighten him up a shade. Placed in mid field it took a while before he understood what was needed, but I like the way he hit the line strongly and he looks the type that is open to improvement.
The once -raced Calcutta Cup looked fine beforehand and stepped up on his debut run to finish a respectable fourth.
The strongly made Rhoscolyn was carrying plenty of condition even though he had a run 13 days ago. I see no reason why he shouldn’t step forward from this, along with Rainbow Fire, Barn Owl who is out of the Group 1 winning mare Thistle Bird and Storm Dreamer who looked in need of the run.
There was a massive word on track for Rushmore. This colt by Lope De Vega looked the part in the paddock fitness wise, but looked as if he had stage fright when the race was underway.
Fly Miss Helen was well supported in the market to go off 11-4 joint favourite and she didn’t let her supporters down by making a winning first appearance. This compact daughter of Le Havre looked ready to go and was hampered when the stalls opened. She recovered and moved up with purpose with two furlongs to go and I like the way she brushed away her opponents to win quite comfortably. Her trainer has some big plans for her including the Group 1 Moyglare Stakes next month.
The exposed Sarsaparilla looked in tip top shape and appreciated the drop down in trip. She has done nothing wrong in all three starts, but maybe she is just limited.
The lightly made Jacinth looked fit and ready and ran a respectable race in third. My one doubt about her is that she lacks any scope to improve.
Deise Blue looked fine beforehand and considering how far off the pace she came I thought this was a sound performance.
The filly I liked pre-race was Kingmania who looked a fair type, but was not 100% fit. I thought she shaped better than her sixth place suggested.
In this races history only Rodrigo De Triano and Lamato have turned out to be top-class and even though I was impressed by this year’s winner Method I feel he still has a long way to go. He is not the biggest in size and stature and to my eyes he is just a ready-made 2yo. Quickly in to stride he took a strong hold in the early stages and he moved through strongly to lead inside the final furlong. He now heads off to Goodwood for the Richmond Stakes where we should get an idea of how good he is.
Mighty Gurkha looked in tremendous order and for a stride or two made the favourite pull out a few gears to come out on top. I see no reason why this fella cannot carry on applying his trade in this company.
Imperial Yellow looked well and stepped up to finish an honourable third. This colt by New Bay should have more to offer.
The lightly-raced Tabdeed recorded the biggest win of his career. Held up in last place this flashy chestnut travelled comfortably under Jim Crowley and when he was switched to his right he showed an instant turn of pace which brought him right through to the winning line. He has clearly not been the easiest to train, but in this form he could make his mark at this level again.
The Tin Man, who won this race in 2016, performed right back to his best to only be denied in the shadows of the post.
Shine So Bright who is trying to reinvent himself as a sprinter ran with credit in third.
NEWBURY, SUNDAY JULY 19TH
Pomelo, this half-sister to Desirous looked the part in the paddock and just to prove how well she was she gave Harry Bentley a kick in the leg before he jumped on her back. In the race itself she travelled comfortably and showed her class when pulling five lengths clear. The trainer has indicated that he is thinking of having a crack at the Group 3 Prestige Stakes.
Dreams Unwind, this tall leggy juvenile looked fit and well and led the field at a sensible pace, but she was left for dead by the turn of foot of the winner. The Cheveley Park-owned Verbena looked just ready to start and showed signs of greenness in the contest.
Alkumait, this colt by Showcasing looked well-muscled up for his first start, but you could see his immaturity taking hold of him in the early stages because he raced with his head held high. He raced on the wide outside and when he changed his legs with a furlong to go he picked up the bridle to run on strongly.
The leggy Royal Scimitar was very green and noisy in the preliminaries, but in the race itself he raced like a professional and found for pressure near the line. I am sure this experience will not be lost on him next time out.
Aesthete, this colt by Muhaarar looked just fit for his first start and did quite a lot wrong throughout the contest.
Happy Romance, this filly by Dandy Man was last seen running fifth in the Queen Mary and stamped her authority on this race to win quite tidily. It all nearly went wrong at the start when she was nearly wiped out when Disco Beat came out and went to her left. Richard Hannon thinks highly of this filly and thinks she can be a Group 1 juvenile in the making. The Hannon’s should know having won this contest before with Tiggy Wiggy and Lyric Fantasy who both turned out to be Group 1 fillies.
Jojo Rabbit looked hard fit and ran a fantastic race given that he was prominent from the start.
Soldierpoy looked fine beforehand and even though he was being pushed along I like the way he responded all the way to the line.
Tinochio did well from a single figure draw. He was slightly at a disadvantage given that most of the race took place away from him.
Get It looked fabulous beforehand, but his hind legs taken away from him at the start caused him to race too fiercely up with the leaders.
STAR PERFORMANCE OF THE MEETING
TABDEED, this Owen Burrows trained 5yo proved this afternoon that he can operate in Group Company. Given his age there is very little mileage on the clock and I see no reason why given the right conditions he cannot make his presence felt at Group 2 level.
HORSE TO FOLLOW FROM THE MEETING
LEGEND OF DUBAI, considering that there was some choicely bred juveniles on show in the seven-furlong bet365 EBF Novice Stakes, I thought this colt out of the Group 1 mare Speedy Boarding looked the class member of the field, but making his effort on the wide outside just caught him out on this occasion.