Dark Kris sets a pretty high bar stepping up to seven furlongs here in this maiden. His debut run over five furlongs resulted in a more-than-satisfactory fifth place but the form has worked out tremendously well. The winner, Symbolize, was a little unlucky when fourth in the Windsor Castle Stakes. The second, Ahoa, was third in the Albany, while the third was a wide margin winner of a maiden.
On his second start, Dark Kris was well beaten in second at Goodwood but the winner, Guildsman, was narrowly beaten in third in the Coventry Stakes and there was five lengths back to the third. There is every reason to assume that the step up to seven furlongs will bring about some improvement, which if it proves to be the case, will make Dark Kris very difficult to beat at 11/10.
Spiorad looked well ahead of his mark on his handicap debut at Redcar when winning easily by three and a half lengths. A seven-pound rise would appear more than fair and with two other last time out winners in the field, we are getting a more than fair price at 11/4 about Spiorad making two from two in handicap company.
Mia Diva is a full sister to Queen Bermuda who was a Group 3 winning two-year-old, so hopes would be high that she would make up into an early two-year-old type. She made her debut in a five-furlong maiden at Newcastle in April and ran respectably in fifth. That was actually a really warm race for the grade, as the winner Lady Kermit and second Mighty Spirit both placed in the Listed Marygate Stakes at York.
Mia Diva gets weight off the previous winners in the field, Bushtucker Trial and Tom Tulliver and that may well bring her right into the mix. Add in that her trainer John Quinn’s horses are in much better form now than they were in April and Mia Diva looks to have solid claims to hit the frame at least at 8/1.
Frontman is a half-brother to the Group One-winning filly Winsili and being by Kingman, he is certainly bred to make up into a pattern performer in time. On his debut at Newmarket, he ran a respectable race in fourth particularly when you consider that he was conceding experience to the three who finished in front on him.
All three had also shown some really decent form previously, so it was a relatively tough ask for Frontman on debut. This maiden looks quite a bit weaker than the Newmarket contest and providing Frontman steps forward for that debut, he should win at 5/4 en route to better things in the future.