Yarmouth, Wednesday 16th
Fundamental, owned by Cheveley Park Stud this grey colt by Dark Angel looked just fit for his debut run. Slowly away he was gradually learning on the job and even though he wasn’t asked too many serious questions he finished the contest off in taking style.
The favouriteReady To Venture looked fine/well and this daughter of Kingman jumped and travelled with purpose. As she hit the front with a furlong to go questions were asked, but I felt she won quite comfortably.
Encounter Order has taken a step forward since his debut run and this good looking colt tried to give the favourite a lot to think about in the closing stages.
Whatzupwithme, this lengthy grey looked grand and even though he was beaten a fair way showed he has some ability.
This Listed race is the biggest contest run at this track and the 14 runner line up made it very competitive, however Hollie Doyle’s mount Majestic Noor who didn’t look fantastic paddock-side produced a taking performance. Well placed in fourth she moved strongly in to contention and kept finding all the way to the post.
Black Lotus looked well and ran the best race of her life to gain some black type in third. I think its job done for this five-year-old.
The medium-sized Festive Star looked very fit and was placed at the rear. She took time to pick up and even though she was running on strongly at the end she was never able to challenge the front two.
Waliyak was made favourite for this event, but at no stage did she ever make a serious challenge.
Yarmouth, Thursday 17th September
Bodyline, this gelding by Australia bounced back to his best to take this Class 2 Handicap. Looking in rude health this Sir Mark Prescott trained 3yo galloped his opponents in to the ground. He clearly appreciates this type of ground so things may be a little bit trickier moving forward.
Hyanna looked in tip top shape and even though she was a touch headstrong at the start you couldn’t fault her attitude in the closing stages, but she was being held inside the final furlong.
Arousing, William Haggas is starting to make this race his own because it has only been run four times and he has bagged three winners. This well bred filly by Kodiac who is related to One Master looked well-muscled up and showed a fair amount of talent to beat a decent field.
Ville De Grace looked fit, but you could see she was still a frame to look at. As she walked around the paddock you could see she was still immature, but overall I thought she ran a creditable race trying to give 7lbs to the winner.
Castana Dia, this chestnut by Dandy Man looked fine for her debut run and I thought this was a good starting point. With this experience to call upon she will be a different prospect when she next appears.
Sealed Offer, this sizeable filly looked in need of the run, but she looks the type you will see the best of next season.
Newbury, Friday 18th September
Billy Mill, making his first racecourse appearance this good looking son of Adaay looked well-mannered and ready to go on debut. Drawn in stall 15 did not help his cause because he travelled strongly on the wide outside, but was left in no man’s land approaching the final furlong. He eventually drifted to his left to finish in fourth.
The once raced Whenthedealinsdone was placed in mid field and made a significant move when asked at the furlong marker. He found a good change of pace, but had to be kept up to his work all the way to the line.
Twilight Calls, this stocky colt stepped up to run a personal best in second on his third careers start. On this evidence an extra furlong would not go amiss.
Richard Hannon’s Marlay Park looked in reasonably good nick, but coming back to 6 furlongs just caught him out for pace in the closing stages.
Mutasallem, this chestnut colt looked in rude health, but for the majority of the contest he raced on the inside. The way he performed suggests he would be suited going back to 5 furlongs.
This race has a rich history of producing some top class horses.
Yibir, this chestnut colt has made substantial improvement since I saw him in July. He has grown in to his frame and looks a real athlete. Ridden from the front he looked to have matters under control and even when challenged he held his opponents. This good sort is progressing and it will be interesting to see where connections pitch him next.
Megallan who is not the biggest son of Kingman was the pick of the field and even though he lost nothing in defeat I never felt he was going to pick up the winner inside the final furlong.
The pick of the field was Jumby. This colt by New Bay travelled all over his opponents, but was the last to come off the bridle. I just think he lacks the strength to last out a mile at this young age.
The once-raced Baradar looked fine beforehand and I thought he ran well considering he broke his maiden on soft ground.
For the third time in a row Roger Charlton has taken this Class 2 event. This year’s representative Lucid Dreamer looked a little flighty going on to the track, but once she had her game face on she duly won quite comfortably. The trainer is in two minds whether to run her again.
Teodolina, this last time out winner looked very fit and even though she tried her hardest she was simply outpaced by the winner from a fair way out.
Newbury, Saturday 19th September
As a bunch I thought there was quite a lot of potential on show and I was surprised that Oo De Lally came out on top considering he didn’t show much on debut at Ascot at the beginning of the month. This scopey son of Vadamos looked tighter in condition and was well to the fore as soon as the stalls opened. When he was asked to quicken he kept on strongly all the way to the line. I am sure he will make a fine middle distance prospect for next season.
The debutant Aratus looked fit and well and was a little keen in the first half of the race, but I like the way he buckled down and responded all the way to the line. I am sure he will take a step forward after this.
Mithras who was made short price favourite is not the biggest physically, but I thought he looked in terrific order. Placed in mid field he had to be pushed along with well over 2 furlongs to run. He just lacked the boot to go with the principles.
The once raced Aerion Power looked in really good order, but he looked slightly uncomfortable on the ground and maybe he will be better on a more even surface.
Ilaraab, this three-year-old came here on the back of three previous victories and I thought he was in A1 condition. Drawn in stall 12 might have caused a slight problem, but he overcame the wide passage to win quite well. He is sure to go up again in the handicap, but I am not sure if he will get in to this weekend’s Cambridgeshire.
Royal Marine, this once top class operator didn’t do much paddock side and he was slow away and keen for the first furlong or so, but as he swung around the final bend he made giant strides to come with a sustained challenge. I thought overall this was a commendable effort.
Kingbrook, having his second start of the season this fine looking son of Kingman over raced, but to his credit he was still in the mix with a furlong to go. Considering he finished third he showed that the ability is still there.
The well-made Tenbury Wells looked magnificent, but he was being pushed along at the 3 furlong marker which saw him weaken in the closing stages.
I am hoping this year’s running can bring back the glory days to this Group 2.
Alkumait, this good looking colt by Showcasing took his form to another level with this impressive victory. He was a little tricky to get to post, but once the race started he moved through majestically and quickened up under hands and heels to win well. My only doubt is looking at his action he wouldn’t want any cut in the ground. I am hoping he will turn out to be a high class horse for next year.
Fivethousandtoone is a smashing looking Frankel colt and I was really taken by his presence. It took his jockey a while to settle him, but this long striding colt moved through to challenge the leaders. As soon as he hit the front he was challenged by the winner who held him all the way to the post. He looks an exciting colt going in to next year.
Rhythm Master has some good form in the book and looked bright and well. Even though he came off the pace he was no threat to the front two.
Devilwala looked the standout paddock side.
Beautiful Bertie, even though this gelding finished third he shaped with an immense amount of promise. He was drawn away from the action and I like the way he stayed on well towards the winning post.
Ibiza Rocks looked fine and was well placed from the start. He edged to the front with a furlong to go and had enough left in reserve to win by a minimum margin.
Siam Fox, I thought this colt looked the bees knees paddock side, but every time he was asked to close down the leaders he kept hanging to his left which eventually cost him victory.
Star performance of the week
This goes to Alkumait. This colt by Showcasing is making rapid improvement and I thought he beat a good field when taking the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes. I am just not sure the Dewhurst will be his cup of tea over an extra furlong.
Horse to note
Ensyaaby, this half-brother to five winners looked well for his first start and I thought he travelled in to the contest still hard on the bridle, but lack of condition and experience told in the closing stages.