Few juveniles have made as big an impression as Minzaal at Salisbury nearly two weeks ago, and he tests his star potential in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes at York on Friday.
Fourth on his debut at Ascot behind Richard Hannon’s Mohwak King, who reopposes, Minzaal showed the benefit of that run when not coming off the bridle to win by almost four lengths.
His trainer Owen Burrows – enjoying the best season of his career – said: “We’re going in off the back of two runs which is always preferable to just the one – it can only help. He won very easily at Salisbury, but it should still have sharpened him up mentally.
“I’ve seen we are favourite but we finished behind Mohawk King at Ascot and I’m sure he’ll have improved for his first run as Richard (Hannon), a bit like ourselves, doesn’t tend to have his fully wound up first time out.
“I’m hoping with getting that second run in the experience will have done him good.”
Nigel Tinkler’s Ubettabelieveit has looked a very speedy type in winning at Doncaster and in Listed company at Sandown.
However, those wins came over five furlongs and he faces an extra 220 yards on this occasion.
Tinkler said: “The horse worked on Wednesday morning and is very well in himself, but I wouldn’t want to see too much rain.
“I’m very happy with him. He got a stiff five furlongs at Sandown well, so I don’t see six furlongs being a problem.
“The Gimcrack is a great race, and it would mean an awful lot to win it.”
William Haggas’ Yazaman arguably sets the standard – having been placed in a couple of Group races – while Andrew Balding’s Mystery Smiles has won both his outings to date, as has Kevin Ryan’s Seven Brothers.
Ryan said: “It’s a step up, but he’s unbeaten. The owners are local and we’re looking forward to running him.”