The Flat season hit prime gear over the weekend with the working of the primary of the season’s Classics. The race programme can be now containing extra races for two-year olds.
The battle to be the main first season sire is starting to take form and connections with a wise two-year outdated can be beginning to dream of Royal Ascot, which is six weeks away.
There are some issues in racing that year-on-year by no means change; Coolmore with a number of Traditional possibilities, a Sir Mark Prescott horse successful three on the bounce and Jonathan Portman successful races with exceptionally cheap fillies.
Probably the most well-known of those purchases was Mrs Danvers, a 1,000gns purchase who gained all of her 5 begins as a two-year outdated in 2016, together with the Group Three Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket. She gave her connections a fantastic journey and within the course of gained them virtually £200,000 in prize cash.
In Sienna Bonnie, a 4,000gns purchase, Portman may simply have one other filly within the Mrs Danvers mould.
This daughter of Kodi Bear was talked about in my first column as a winner in ready after a taking debut when second at Windsor.
Flashback: Watch how Miss Danvers gained the Tremendous Dash
Her win at Bathtub on Monday, on her second begin, actually confirmed she had improved a lot, as she bounded clear to win by eight and a half lengths from the well-backed Richard Hannon debutant, Severn Stoke.
Excitingly, it nonetheless seems to be like there’s extra enchancment to come back from Sienna Bonnie as she was a bit inexperienced when she obtained to the entrance and likewise seemed to lose her stability for a couple of strides after altering legs when quickening into prime gear.
With Mrs Danvers, connections averted Royal Ascot and as a substitute focused the Weatherbys Tremendous Dash. It would effectively be that Sienna Bonnie follows this identical path and since she was such an affordable buy she could have solely 8st 1lb to shoulder at Newbury.
Wherever she goes, I’ll be cheering for her.
Two different cheaply bought fillies, within the Portman yard that could be value including to your Racing TV tracker are:
SILVERDALE (Hellvyln x Silvala Dance)
Value simply 1,200gns, and has the identical sire as Mrs Danvers. Silvala Dance solely had a peak score of 64 however was a three-time winner over six furlongs.
ARDITA (Ardad x Royal Circles)
Was a 1,500gns buy. I’ve talked about in earlier weeks what begin to his stud profession that Ardad has made. Royal Circles was unraced, together with her solely progeny to make it to the observe being Pharaoh – a winner as a two-year outdated over 5 furlongs.
FIRST SEASON SIRE WATCH
Boughey advised Nick Luck extra about Forca Brasil after his Newmarket debut
Cotai Glory was excessive up on the listing of many good judges as a candidate for main first season sire. He’s himself a son of the prolific Australian speedster, Exceed And Excel, who’s changing into an more and more influential sire of sires.
Cotai Glory was a quick and precocious performer, successful the Molecomb as a two-year outdated earlier than being Group One positioned as an older horse.
Most significantly, although, is the stud farm he can name residence, specifically Tally-Ho Stud in Mullingar, Co Westmeath. It’s synonymous with sourcing and creating stallions which might be a notable supply of early pace, with their two headline acts at present being Kodiac and Mehmas.
Cotai Glory had 126 registered foals in 2019 and he’s already main the best way in each variety of particular person runners, 14, and variety of winners, 4.
Whereas it stands to cause that extra runners can result in extra winners, it’s also vastly advantageous to his probabilities of changing into main first season sire that his inventory seem like taking their coaching effectively and are coming at hand early.
Of the winners he’s already had, Forca Brasil and Dig Too look effectively able to successful in the next grade. The connections of Forca Brasil have made no secret of their Royal Ascot ambitions.
Cotai Glory has two notable entrants over the approaching days.
Devious Angel, entered within the Icm Stellar Sports activities Lily Agnes Circumstances Stakes at Chester on Wednesday (1.45pm), was a wide-margin winner of a five-furlong novice race on the all-weather at Southwell. It’s arduous to know the complete benefit of the efficiency however he was spectacular and the third horse, Edison Kevani, has a pleasant pedigree and had already been positioned on his debut.
It’s no secret that his coach, Tom Dascombe, targets the Chester assembly and there could also be additional clues within the proprietor’s title – Roudee Racing. I might anticipate him to go very shut from stall two.
Porsche Cavalier, entered at Cork on Friday, was fourth on his debut at Tipperary behind Elliptic, a well-regarded filly of Donnacha O’Brien’s. Fast Suzy, who was second, gave the shape enhance when she gained by 5 lengths on her subsequent begin.
Porsche Cavalier pale late on and, with race health and expertise, I think about he can be arduous to beat.
RIGHT PEDIGREE/WRONG TRIP
CASHEW (Bated Breath x Style The Salt)
It’s testomony to the flexibility of coach George Boughey that Cashew is able to race so early in his two-year outdated season, inserting sixth on debut earlier than ending a a lot improved, albeit one-paced third at Goodwood on Sunday (watch above).
His sire, Bated Breath, was excessive class over six furlongs however didn’t see a racecourse as a two-year-old whereas his dam, a daughter of Irish Derby runner up Born To Sea, was a ten-furlong performer who additionally didn’t make her racecourse debut till she was three.
Bated Breath will get only a few performers at a distance of lower than six furlongs and this, mixed with the stout nature of his dam’s pedigree, means that Cashew could have no downside shelling his maiden tag when stepped as much as six furlongs with additional enchancment extremely probably when he goes over seven and even eight furlongs.
WINNERS IN WAITING
ALREADY GONE (Zoffany x Whatelseaboutyou)
This Stan Moore-trained colt made his debut in what seemed an honest contest at Goodwood final week.
The 66-1 probability was sluggish away from the stalls and was being arduous pushed by John Egan after only a furlong – on the lookout for all of the world that he can be tailed off.
With a furlong and a half to go he seemed to begin to perceive his job and made thorough but unspectacular progress to complete a staying-on fifth. He can be attention-grabbing stepped as much as six furlongs on a observe with much less emphasis on pace.
Nevertheless, it could be that his shrewd coach retains him on the minimal journey till he’s eligible for handicaps.