Kevin Ryan has high hopes for Emaraaty Ana in Friday’s Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury.
An impressive winner on his debut at Windsor, he steps up to Listed class where he faces just five rivals.
His defeat of the now 95-rated Blown By Wind in April reads well in terms of this contest and Ryan resisted the lure of Royal Ascot to help him fill his frame.
“Emaraaty Ana is in great form. He has always shown us that he is a nice horse and he did it well at Windsor,” said the Hambleton-based handler.
“We have given him plenty of time to strengthen up since Windsor and we are very happy with him.
“The step up to six furlongs won’t be a problem and we are looking forward to running at Newbury on Friday.”
Charlie Hills’ Chuck Willis is another promising youngster, having finished third in a hot race at Windsor on debut before strolling to victory at Ayr last time out.
“He won really well up at Ayr and we’ve had this race in the back of our minds for a while,” said Hills.
“I’ve been pleased enough with his work since then and it looks a pretty open race, I think.
“The race he ran in at Windsor on his debut has worked out very well and we like him quite a lot.”
An intriguing runner is Mark Johnston’s Natalie’s Joy. She won by six lengths on her debut at Goodwood, but was only seventh when 5-4 favourite for the Chesham at Royal Ascot.
Johnston said: “It didn’t pan out at all at Ascot. She got a bit upset in the stalls at Ascot and leapt out and missed it a bit and was in behind, which she hadn’t been first time. I don’t know how much that affected it.
“We did toy with the idea of going back to novice level to try to get a win under her belt, but the main aim is the Princess Margaret (at Ascot) at the end of the month.
“We are coming back to six furlongs and we will just see how it goes. Hopefully she will get things back on track.
“She has got to run up to that Goodwood run. Her rating has come on the back of one impressive win in a low-grade race in a very fast time, and she has got to prove that is right.
“She was working extremely well at home early in the year and we were not surprised by the performance. We thought she would be running in Pattern company by now and we would be surprised if she couldn’t come back to that level.”